After losing to Hans Niemann in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Magnus Carlsen decided to withdraw from the event. Two weeks later he refused to play against Niemann and resigned his game in the Julius Baer Generation Cup after only two played moves. The controversy over the Carlsen – Niemann case was developing day after day (scroll down for full timeline), and Magnus Carlsen yesterday published the official statement on the topic. Carlsen confirmed he was considering to withdraw from the event as soon as he heard that Niemann will play, adding that cheating in chess is a big deal and an existential threat to the game.
Susan Polgar suggests five solutions to deter chess cheating and one of them is a lifetime ban for players who were repeatedly found guilty of cheating. See the tweet below
In connection with the recent happenings, Susan Polgar commented after Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup that the professional reputation of many parties is at stake. She also described Carlsen’s resignation against Hans Niemann as a protest move, adding that the performances of other young talents are sadly overshadowed by the ongoing Carlsen – Niemann stories. She also gave advice to chess players, especially the young ones, not to cheat, because it is simply not with it.
The timetable of happenings related to Carlsen – Niemann case: