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Top grandmasters take Carlsen’s side in the Carlsen – Niemann case?!

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 the International Chess Federation reacted with an official statement announced that FIDE is prepared to task its Fair Play commission with a thorough investigation of the incident. The chess world got polarized into two groups, one supporting Magnus, and one supporting Hans. However, it seems that the top grandmasters are on Carlsen’s side.

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Hikaru Nakamura was one of the first top grandmasters to comment on Carlsen’s withdrawal, saying that Niemann has done “unallowed things” at tournaments: “Magnus would never do this in a million years….if he really didn’t strongly believe it. I think he thinks that Hans is cheating

Only a few days later, Alexander Grischuk stated for that he got the impression Carlsen was sure that Niemann was somehow cheating. He added that he waits for Carlsens’s statement and that World Chess Champion should provide some facts.

The legendary grandmaster Alexei Shirov set the chess community on fire after posting that Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious and that After learning more facts, Niemann’s case gets worse and worse”.

Fabiano Caruana gave comments on the case on several occasions. He first described Carlsen’s withdrawal as unprecedented adding that he doesn’t think that Niemann cheated in the Sinquefield Cup. After Magnus resigned his game against Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup, Caruana extensively spoke about the whole case in the C-squared podcast: I feel like Magnus’s decision to leave the tournament was somewhat emotional and probably wasn’t the right decision. But he felt uncomfortable, that’s very clear. He felt uncomfortable before the tournament, and maybe the first three games exacerbated that and that just gave him the impulse to leave the tournament“. Fabiano said that the allegations are not that important as that Hans already showed a willingness to cheat: What is relevant is that Hans has shown a willingness to cheat. If he is willing to do it once, you can speculate that he is willing to do it again. That shows a facet of his personality“.

One of the first world top players to comment on Carlsen’s resignation against Niemann was Levon Aronian who gave a short interview after his games at the Julius Baer Generation Cup. He said that he understands Magnus’s frustration, and that he believes Niemann wasn’t the cleanest person when it comes to online chess. A few days later, after getting defeated by Hans Niemann in only 21 moves, Aronian said that Hans played very strange moves. This was a statement that deviated from what Levon Aronian said after Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup – that he believes his colleagues are paranoid whenever a young player shows a good performance. However, in his second interview, Levon showed support for Magnus explaining that he “didn’t know much about a lot of things“.

The same day, Anish Giri gave his post-games interview during the Julius Baer Generation Cup, saying that the show must go on and that the top players knew about Hans Niemann’s cheating online. He added that they also know about online cheating by multiple other chess players.

Daniel Naroditsky
was one of the many to share his insights on the controversy saying that he is pretty confident that Magnus believes Niemann has cheated over the board before Saint Louis and that Hans Niemann discredited himself after cheating online.

Right after Magnus said that many players have shown support to him more privately than publicly, the World Chess Champion Challenger in 2021 Ian Nepomniachtchi published a video on his official youtube account where he spoke about the tournaments in Saint Louis, the recent happenings related to Carlsen – Niemann case, and cheating in chess. Nepo disclosed that he was unhappy to hear Niemann will replace Rapport in the Sinquefield Cup and that he asked the organizers to take extra measures in order to make the tournament more safe and clean. He added that none of these were done until “the sad case of Magnus withdrawal“. Nepo said that he played many games against Niemann online and that some of the games were strange, adding that he finds Niemann’s improvement and latest games kind of weird.

And though the mentioned players criticized Magnus for withdrawing from the tournament calling it a “wrong decision”, none of the players seemed to blame Carlsen for his belief. Most of them showed understanding and tried to explain Carlsen’s decisions to the public.

Sinquefield Cup 2022; Photo by: Lennart Ootes

The timetable of events related to Carlsen – Niemann case:

5-SepBREAKING: Magnus Carlsen withdraws from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepPossible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-SepHans Niemann was thoroughly checked before the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup (VIDEO)
5-SepSinquefield Cup’s players and organizers react to Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament
5-SepHans Niemann R4 post-game interview: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left
6-SepSinquefield Cup 2022 improves anti-cheating measures after Carlsen’s withdrawal
6-SepFabiano Caruana: Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect
6-SepReactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
6-SepNiemann’s emotional confession R5 post-game interview: I cheated in random games on and this was the biggest mistake in my life
7-SepReactions to Hans Niemann’s interview
7-SepHans Niemann: I’d like to see what Nakamura has to say now
8-SepHans Niemann R6 post-game interview: The silence of my critics speaks for itself
8-SepElon Musk comments on accusations towards Hans Niemann
8-SepGarry Kasparov about Carlsen’s withdrawal: It’s an act with no precedent in the past 50 years explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement
9-SepDaniel Rensch about’s statement: This tweet speaks for itself
9-SepHikaru Nakamura reacts to Hans Niemann’s interview
9-SepSusan Polgar about Niemann – Carlsen case: The professional reputation of many parties is at stake
9-SepGarry Kasparov: Unless the chess world is to be dragged down into endless pathetic rumors, clear statements must be made
9-SepNiemann keeps analyzing his game with MVL while getting checked with the anti-cheating device (VIDEO)
9-SepHans Niemann R7 post-game interview: It is absolutely ridiculous to play chess under these conditions
10-SepHikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky speak about cheating in chess
10-SepHans Niemann’s fans gather in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club
10-SepSinquefield Cup Chief Arbiter’s statement: We have no indication that any player has been playing unfairly in the Sinquefield Cup 2022
11-SepNew allegations within Niemann – Carlsen case: Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards
11-SepNigel Davies, “If Carlsen does not speak soon, the FIDE Ethics Commission should act”
11-SepAlexander Grischuk about Niemann – Carlsen case: Magnus freaked out for a reason
11-SepRichard Rapport suggests a polygraph test to manage cheating in chess and protect players who are falsely accused
11-SepAlexei Shirov: Hans Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious
12-SepHans Niemann after the end of the Sinquefield Cup 2022: It was a lot to handle and I wasn’t able to manage my nerves
13-SepS.L. Narayanan: I believe FIDE has to take more stringent measures for both online as well as OTB
13-SepHans Niemann and Magnus Carlsen to meet at the Julius Baer Generation Cup
14-SepHans Niemann to be back at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the 2022 Fall Chess Classic
15-SepFabiano Caruana on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I do not think Niemann cheated in this tournament
16-SepLeonard Barden for Guardian on Niemann – Carlsen case: It is time for FIDE to step in
16-SepStephen Colbert jokes about the latest accusations against Hans Niemann in his late night talk show
18-SepAlejandro Ramirez shares his insights on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I don’t think Hans cheated
19-SepMagnus Carlsen resignes against Hans Niemann in the second move
19-SepSusan Polgar on Carlsen’s resignation against Niemann: Definitely a protest move!
19-SepHammer says Carlsen should be sanctioned in live Norwegian TV program
19-SepFair-Play specialist Kenneth Regan: Niemann played well, but not too well
19-SepLevon Aronian: I believe Niemann hasn’t been the cleanest person when it comes to online chess
19-SepMagnus Carlsen applauds Pragg for the fantastic game
19-SepReactions to Magnus Carlsen’s resignation
19-SepNiemann’s and Carlsen’s facial expressions during their 2-move game
20-SepCarlsen will not give any interviews during the tournament
20-SepAnish Giri: we know about online cheating by multiple other chess players
20-SepNakamura on Carlsen – Nieman Julius Baer game
20-SepMartin B. Justesen: Carlsen is handling the merger like Elon Musk did with the purchase of Twitter
20-SepCarlsen’s resignation is the top story in Norwegian newspapers
20-SepWhy was Hans Niemann invited to the Julius Baer Generation Cup?
20-SepNaroditsky: I am pretty confident that Magnus believes Niemann has cheated over the board before Saint Louis
20-SepThe Carlsen – Niemann conflict is more recent than everyone thinks?
20-SepWhat if Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann meet in the Julius Baer Generation Cup Knockout phase?
21-SepLevon Aronian on 21-move loss to Niemann: Hans played very strange moves
21-SepFIDE closely follows Carlsen – Niemann case, a statement to come
21-SepEmil Sutovsky: FIDE is concerned about recent developments of Carlsen – Niemann case
21-SepBREAKING! Magnus Carlsen: cheaters should not be taken lightly either online or OTB
21-SepNiemann’s mentor whom Carlsen mentions in the interview was banned from for cheating?!
22-SepSusan Polgar: Sadly, the performances of other young talents are overshadowed
22-SepAnish Giri about the recent chess drama: It’s moving in circles a little bit
22-SepFabiano Caruana: I would take Regan’s analysis with a large grain of salt
22-SepMagnus Carlsen: Some people were more supportive privately than publicly
23-SepIan Nepomniachtchi: I was unhappy to hear Hans Niemann will replace Rapport in Sinquefield Cup
23-SepFIDE publishes the official statement on the Carlsen – Niemann case

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