World No. 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen branded US teenager Hans Niemann as a cheat after he claimed the grandmaster used vibrating anal beads to win games.
Carlsen, 31, said Monday his decision to abruptly withdraw from the Sinquefield Cup tournament on September 19 after just one move against Niemann was a “professional decision” to preserve the chess game.
“I know my actions have frustrated many in the chess community,” Carlsen wrote in a statement. ‘I am frustrated. I want to play chess. I want to keep playing chess at the highest level in the best tournaments.’
“I believe cheating in chess is a big deal and an existential threat to the game.”
He later added: “So far I’ve only been able to speak with my actions, and those actions have clearly expressed my unwillingness to play chess with Niemann. I hope the truth on this matter will come out, whatever it may be.’
Meanwhile, Niemann has continued to deny the fraud allegations.
“Never have I ever cheated at a board game. If they want me to strip completely naked, I will do it,” Niemann said previously.
Magnus Carlsen branded US teenager Hans Niemann as a cheater after claiming the grandmaster used vibrating anal beads to win games. Pictured: Carlsen of Russia holds a trophy after winning the 2019 Open World Rapid and Blitz Championships
Carlsen accused US teenager Hans Niemann of cheating at chess with vibrating anal beads
Carlsen went on to explain the need to improve the game’s security measures to prevent cheating.
The chess star admitted he “strongly considered” withdrawing from the Sinquefield Cup when he heard about the last minute invitation of Niemann.
“Ultimately I decided to play,” he wrote.
Carlsen said he noticed that Niemann wasn’t “fully focused on the game” but was able to excel.
“His progression across the board was unusual and throughout our Sinquefield Cup game I got the impression he wasn’t tense in critical positions or even fully focused on the game while he outplayed me as Black in a way, which I think only a handful of players can do. This game helped change my perspective,” Carlsen wrote.
Footage of the tournament showed Niemann and Carlsen playing less than a minute before the world champion unexpectedly resigned.
“We need to do something about cheating, and I for one don’t want to play against people who have repeatedly cheated in the past because I don’t know what they’ll be capable of in the future,” Carlsen wrote.
Niemann has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads to get tips on how to play – and said he would strip “nude” if necessary
Any chance of a rematch against his rival Magnus Carlsen, 31 (pictured), who had resigned dramatically in a previous game against Neimann, is gone
Arkady Dvorkovich, the President of the International Chess Federation (FIDE), said in a statement Friday that he did not agree with Carlsen’s behavior in withdrawing from the Sinquefield Cup and ending his match against his 19-year-old opponent.
Targeting the world Carlsen, Dvorkovich said the 31-year-old Norwegian has a “moral responsibility” because he is “regarded as football’s global ambassador”.
“His actions affect the reputation of his colleagues, sporty [sport-related] results and can eventually harm our game. We firmly believe there are better ways to deal with this situation,” he said.
The statement did not “specify” which situation it was referring to, although it is likely the sensationalist claim about the anal beads that Neimann has denied.
He is accused of using a vibrating, remote-controlled sex toy to gain an advantage over Carlsen by tricking an accomplice to buzz the device to guide him into better moves.
The President said the game’s governing body is trying to form a group of “specialists” who will root out cheating at FIDE events.
“FIDE stands ready to task its Fair Play Commission with a thorough investigation into the incident,” Dvorkovich said.
The head of the chess panel said more evidence was needed before such an investigation could begin.
FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich calls for the creation of a team of experts to investigate allegations of cheating in chess
Carlsen has won many chess tournaments and is known as number 1 in the world
Neimann lost in Thursday’s quarterfinals, ruling out the possibility of a dramatic rematch between the cheating-plagued prodigy and Carlsen.
The teenager allegedly cheats using remote controlled vibrating anal beads to communicate with his trainer Maxim Dlugy.
Neimann’s coach was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating at one of the titles, and was the first to suspect Borislav Ivanov of cheating with a device in his shoes in 2013.
Dlugy, a former chess prodigy, was also jailed for attempting to embezzle $9 million from a magnesium factory he operated in Russia, but he was later cleared of all charges.
Carlsen was asked by a reporter in Oslo for his thoughts on the bizarre allegations of fraud.
“Unfortunately, I can’t specifically speak to that, but people can draw their own conclusions and they certainly have,” Carlsen said. “I have to say I’m very impressed with Niemann’s game and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugy must be doing a great job.”
Following Neimann’s recent defeat, Carlsen will now face Vincent Keymer in the semi-finals and if he wins he will face either Liem or Argun Erigaisi.
Dlugy, pictured, was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating at one of the titles on Tuesday
Niemann has admitted to cheating in online chess tournaments as a child and said he deeply regrets it
In an interview, Carlsen said he was “very impressed with Niemann’s game” and that Dlugy was doing “great work”.
Niemann has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads for gaming tips. The teenage star said: “I’ve never cheated in an over the board game before. If you want me to strip completely naked, I will.
‘I do not care. ‘Cause I know I’m clean They want me to play in a closed box with no electronic transmission, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that’s still my goal.”
However, critics note that his Elo rating, which measures the strength of chess players, skyrocketed from just 2484 in January 2021 to 2701 after his victory over Carlsen, a staggering rise that some say is unlikely.
And Niemann has admitted to cheating in online chess tournaments as a child and says he deeply regrets it.
In an online match when he was 12, he said one of his friends brought an iPad loaded with a “chess engine” program that offered the most likely path to victory.
The person playing Niemann could not see him and was therefore unaware of what was going on.
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