World chess champion Magnus Carlsen has ridiculed allegations that the teenage American opponent he beat in a shock show used shaky anal kicks to cheat – and he also appears to have made a sarcastic comment about his opponent’s coach.
Magnus Carlsen, 31, stunned ardent chess fans when he quit his rematch against Hans Niemann, 19, after just one move in the Julius Baer Generation Cup online on September 19.
Niemann unexpectedly beat the world champion in a real Sinquefield Cup fight in St. Louis a month before the online tournament on Chess24.
The teenage chess star sparked rumors that he was cheating by using remote-controlled vibrating anal beads to communicate with his coach, Maxim Dluji.
Dlugy was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating on a Tuesday headline, and Borislav Ivanov was first suspected of cheating with a device in his shoe in 2013.
Former chess prodigy Dologi was also imprisoned for attempted embezzlement of $9 million, but was later acquitted of all charges.
Carlson was interviewed by a reporter in Oslo, questioning his thoughts on the outlandish allegations of cheating.
“Unfortunately, I cannot speak privately about it,” said the chess genius, “but people can draw their own conclusions, and they certainly did.
“I must say that I am very impressed with Neiman’s play and I think his mentor Maxim Dluji is doing a great job.”
Magnus Carlsen, 31, stunned ardent chess fans when he quit his rematch against Hans Niemann, 19, after just one move in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup.
He has now refused to say whether he thinks Neiman was cheating during both matches in an interview
Chess genius, 19-year-old chess enthusiast has accused Neiman of cheating in various innovative ways
He added that he believed cheating in sports was “easy”, but “would not recommend it” no matter how “tempting” it was.
Carlson also said it was “possible” that he would talk a little more about the whole situation when the whole championship was over.
During the preliminary round of the online tournament, Carlsen surprised the broadcasters when he made one black move, then conceded defeat and was knocked out of the match.
Presenter Tanya Sachdev said during Carlson’s show Vanishing that he was “unprecedented,” saying he was “making a very big statement” by refusing to play Neiman.
It comes after Neiman, a San Francisco native, beat Norway’s Carlsen – while the teenager was playing in black – in the Sinquefield Cup on September 4.
Dlugy, pictured, was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating on a Tuesday headline
Carlsen made a sarcastic comment about his opponents coach, who had previously been accused of cheating, saying he was doing a ‘good job’ with a laugh.
When Carlsen withdrew from the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic tweet saying, “I’ve withdrew from the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing at STLChessClub, and I hope to come back in the future.”
Alongside the tweet, he posted a mysterious video of football director Jose Mourinho saying, “If I speak up I’m in big trouble.”
Mourinho was speaking at a press conference after a match in which his team is believed to have lost due to some questionable decisions by officials.
Carlsen has played 53 unbeaten classics and won the cup twice before in the past decade, but he has not withdrawn from any ongoing event.
Chess.com rejected Niemann’s invitation from the Chesscom Global Championship, a million-dollar event that begins with the online qualifiers and culminates in an 8-player final in Toronto, following controversy.
Niemann has vehemently denied using vibrating anal beads for tips on how to play – saying he would ‘undress’ if necessary.
Carlson also said that it is “possible” that he will talk a little more about the whole situation when the whole tournament is over
Niemann has vehemently denied using vibrating anal beads for tips on how to play, with fans launching a plethora of theories about how he won.
‘I’ve never cheated on a board game,’ said the teen star. If they want me to strip completely, I will.
‘I’m not interested. Because I know I’m clean. You want me to play in a closed box without any electronic bus, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that’s my goal regardless.
But critics point out that the Elo rating, which measures the strength of chess players, rose to 2701 after beating Carlsen, up from just 2484 in January 2021, a staggering rise that some see unlikely.
Niemann admitted cheating at online chess tournaments as a child, saying he deeply regrets it.
In an online match when he was 12, he said a friend brought an iPad loaded with a “chess engine” that offered the most likely path to victory.
The person Nieman was playing couldn’t see, thus he was unaware of what was going on.