PUNE: Magnus Carlsens reasons why he thinks Hans Niemann cheats: “unusual” progress in over-the-board chess, the 19-year-old world number 49 American “wasn’t tense or focused on the game at critical points” during his classic win over the Norwegian earlier this month.
Carlsen’s statement on Twitter on Monday night spotlights his two other beliefs: “that Niemann cheated more (than what he has confessed) and more recently,” and only a handful of players can knock him out with black pieces as Niemann did at St. louis.
My statement over the past few weeks. https://t.co/KY34DbcjLo
— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) 1664220901000
It is now up to Niemann to respond. If he sues the world champion, it will be a long-term battle. And when he verbally attacks Carlsen, mud is thrown at each other by several powerful parties, including online leaks and private data.
In addition, the teen needs invitations to private tournaments to keep his career financially sustainable. The world’s number 1 also knows that he is walking on thin ice. So he said, “Hope the truth of the matter comes out, whatever that may be.”
The statement is expected to be full of zugzwang. Carlsen says he doesn’t want to play against players who have cheated repeatedly “and don’t know what to do in the future”. He specifically states that he is not willing to play against Niemann. And at the same time, he says “without Niemann’s express permission” that there is a limit to what he can say.
The Carlsen-induced cheating saga also puts the spotlight on parallel power centers (online platforms). The world champion’s undue self-confidence and his one-sided inferences are also apparent.
Niemann developing high-end endgame skills during the pandemic break and beating Carlsen in St. Louis based on his preparation (which doesn’t require him to have great concentration) cannot be ruled out.
Carlsen has been accused of trying to clip a young player’s wings with his unsubstantiated allegations and thereby dispel a threat. However, Carlsen himself has left the throne by opting out of the World Cup match. Plus his comparison and behavior with players like Thing LirenAlireza firouzja, Erigaisi Arjun and R Praguenanadnhaa was quite good. And he also got along well with Niemann before something went wrong.
Carlsen Appreciates Iranian Twisted French GM Alireza Firouza so much so that he had said that if the youngster qualifies for the world title match, he might reconsider his thoughts on forfeiting the crown. For the Norwegian, there is nothing suspicious about Firouzja who has added 175 points in just 22 months and from 227 games. But Niemann’s comparable progress in 20 months is astonishing. The big question, of course, is how the American played some 350 over-the-board classic games at that stage.
Carlsen has no shortage of fans and many have rallied behind him including Prime Minister Indian coach RB Ramesh who trains R Pragnaandhaa. Ramesh tweeted: “Immense respect for the world champion for taking a principled position on an important issue, forcing the world to pay attention to it at a huge personal cost. Ideally, the chess world and FIDE should have come up with a good practical solution for the cheating problem years ago.”
Modern sport is about LIVE broadcast (without delays). And in order to sustain the chess tree, different formats must be able to thrive together without taking regressive, self-destructive steps. And credibility is essential.