Magnus Carlsen quits match with out rationalization amid scandal surrounding fellow grandmaster

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Shortly after making his first transfer, world champion Magnus Carlsen resigned from a web-based chess match in opposition to fellow grandmaster Hans Niemann on Monday.

The pair had been taking part in within the Julius Baer Era Cup when Carlsen turned off his display screen and left the match with out rationalization – the most recent twist in an obvious feud between the 2 gamers.

“We’re going to attempt to get an replace on this,” commentator Tania Sachdev said in a reside broadcast of the match on chess24. “Magnus Carlsen simply resigned – acquired up and left, switched off his digital camera and that’s all we all know proper now.”

CNN contacted Carlsen’s representatives for remark however didn’t obtain a response.

Earlier this month, the Norwegian withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup in Saint Louis following his shock defeat in opposition to American star Niemann – the primary time he has withdrawn from a event in his profession, in accordance with chess24.

Carlsen confirmed his withdrawal on Twitter, posting: “I’ve withdrawn from the event. I’ve at all times loved taking part in within the @STLChessClub, and hope to be again sooner or later.” Carlsen’s tweet additionally included a widely known video of soccer supervisor Jose Mourinho saying: “If I communicate, I’m in large bother.”

One other grandmaster, Hikaru Nakamura, said Carlsen is “suspicious” of Niemann’s conduct, and days after the Sinquefield Cup match, Niemann publicly responded to allegations that he had cheated earlier in his chess profession.

The 19-year-old admitted to dishonest on the ages of 12 and 16 however stated in an interview with the St. Louis Chess Membership he had by no means cheated in over-the-board video games.

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“I’m saying my reality as a result of I don’t want any misrepresentation,” stated Niemann. “I’m pleased with myself that I’ve realized from that mistake, and now I’ve given every little thing to chess. I’ve sacrificed every little thing for chess.”

The stress between Niemann and Carlsen has rocked the chess group. Niemann stated he had been faraway from widespread web site following Carlsen’s tweet and that “the whole social media and chess world is totally attacking me and undermining me.”

“To see my absolute hero (Carlsen) attempt to goal, attempt to spoil my status, spoil my chess profession and to do it in such a frivolous means is admittedly, actually disappointing,” he added.

Neither Niemann nor responded to CNN’s request for remark.

In a statement on September 8,’s Chief Chess Officer Danny Rensch stated the location had “shared detailed proof with [Niemann] regarding our resolution, together with data that contradicts his statements relating to the quantity and seriousness of his dishonest.”

Rensch continued: “Now we have invited Hans to supply a proof and response with the hope of discovering a decision the place Hans can once more take part on”

Carlsen and Niemann performed two additional video games in opposition to different opponents following the previous’s sudden resignation on Monday. Carlsen is 2 factors behind chief Arjun Erigaisi within the event standings after eight rounds, whereas Niemann is 4 factors again.

“It seems like he (Carlsen) is clearly insinuating one thing, however till you catch somebody, you can’t do something,” Anish Giri, who can also be competing on the Julius Baer Era Cup, advised chess24.

“It simply seems very odd now. Clearly, all of it is sensible if, supposedly, Hans is dishonest and he doesn’t wish to play him, but when he isn’t (dishonest), then it’s actually very fallacious.

“So I don’t know, we now have to see. Once more, all people is anticipating some sort of large rabbit from the hat with Magnus, however he simply doesn’t wish to play Hans, it appears.”

Levon Aronian, who can also be competing within the event, stated Niemann “has been not the cleanest individual in relation to on-line chess,” however added that “this can be a drawback that requires an answer.”

CNN’s Ben Morse contributed to reporting.


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