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Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022

World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup 2022. With no detailed explanations, Carlsen said that Saint Louis Chess Club is one of the places he’s always enjoyed playing, and that he hopes to be back in the future. On short notice, social medias were overwhelmed with rumors and Carlsen’s possible reasons for withdrawal.

The story so far: Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup 2022 without detailed explanations. Possible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal can be found here. Sinquefield Cup’s players and organizers reacted to Carlsen’s decision with Fabiano Caruana tweeting that he can’t wait to see the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect. Hans Niemann was shocked by Carlsen’s withdrawal and explained that he couldn’t even focus on his fourth round game against Firouzja. In the post-game interview, Hans added: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left. Magnus Carlsen’s results were annulled after his withdrawal and Wesley So took the lead in the tournament. The Sinquefield Cup organizers have improved the anti-cheating measures and Niemann was thoroughly checked with anti-cheating devices before the start of the fourth round.

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