A week after Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup, the 31-year-old Norwegian again created a stir. This time, after playing one move against Hans Niemann, he resigned, reigniting the cheating controversy.
The five-time world champion abruptly quit the game without any further explanation leaving the commentators stunned. However, his uncommon move is seen as a protest against the young American, who has earlier admitted to cheating in online chess games.
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While further posted an old video of Jose Mourinho on his Twitter, in which the coach is seen saying “I’d really prefer not to speak. If I speak, I am in big trouble,” which is interpreted as a sign of protest from the Norwegian’s side which sparked further controversies with many players and pundits giving their statements.
“I totally understand that from Magnus’ point of view because he doesn’t have full trust in him because he knows about his repeated online cheating. But that said, of course, normally when you have that situation, you kind of deal with it. You just hope your opponent doesn’t cheat and you play.” said Dutch Grandmaster Anish Giri.
Meanwhile, American Chess player and streamer Hikaru Nakamura defended Carlsen’s move looking at his history claiming Niemann had most likely cheated in their round. Similarly, ‘I was shocked to see it. It’s his decision. I don’t have any opinion about it now,” Praggnanandhaa told Chess24.com.