Strategy to win illegally or a witch hunt? World chess champion Magnus Carlsen unleashed a storm of suspicion by accusing one of his rivals of cheating during a game.
Magnus Carlsen: the reason he won't play the World of Chess
Frenchman Alireza Firouzja won the Sinquefield Cup in the United States on Sunday, but the spotlight was not on him.
In a message on Twitter the Norwegian Carlsen had shaken the world of chess.
“I'm retiring from the tournament, I've always enjoyed playing for the St. Louis club and hope to return,” the five-time world champion wrote after his unexpected third-round loss on September 5 to American Hans Niemann of 19 years old, 43rd player in the world and invited to the test at the last minute.
And after his writing, accusations of cheating began to rain down. And the most popular, related to an unusual method: anal beads.
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'I'd rather not talk'
In his message published on social networks, Carlsen added a video from 2014 showing the Portuguese coach José Mourinho, then in charge of Chelsea: “I prefer not to speak, if I speak I will have serious problems,” he said in an interview after a match after his team lost and he was sent off. The accusation is sibylline, but it had consequences: the organization of the tournament then decided to delay the broadcast of the games by 15 minutes and examined the players with a radio frequency scanner.
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— Magnus Carlsen (@MagnusCarlsen) September 5, 2022
Did anal beads make Carlsen lose?
American gamer Hikaru Nakamura, widely followed on the live video platform 'Twitch', accused Niemann of cheating .
And the world's first online chess platform, Chess-com, banned Niemann's account. This player has had a blazing acceleration, becoming one of the highest points earners in the world ranking since 2021.
Now, as for the recent controversy with Carlsen, the craziest of rumors, that Niemann stuck a microchip up his ass, drew the attention of Tesla owner billionaire Elon Musk, who adapted a quote attributed to philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer into a tweet.
“Talent hits a target no one else can hit. Genius hits a target no one can see (because he's on your ass)” , the tycoon wrote.
In this regard, the Spanish portal 'La Razón' explains: “The mechanics of the trap would be simple: a accomplice who was watching the game live (as it was actually being broadcast), could simulate the real game on a computer and see the movements of the computer, then, through vibrations, could “warn” the alleged cheater which would be the suggested moves. The anal beads would easily pass any security check.
Another hypothesis was a possible escape from Carlsen's strategy , prepared by his team, which had come into the hands of Niemann. Since he wrote his controversial tweet, Carlsen has remained silent and there is no evidence of possible cheating.
Reactions of those involved< /h3>
Several participants in the tournament have supported Niemann, such as the Frenchman Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, lamenting the 'witch hunt' effect ', or “paranoia”, according to American Levon Aronian.
Chess legend Gary Kasparov came to the aid of the young American grandmaster and asked Carlsen to change his mind after his retirement, “an unprecedented act for 50 years,” he stressed on Twitter.
“I know I'm clean, if you want me to undress completely I'll do it, I don't care”, Niemann said in a post-game interview on Saint Chess Club television. -Louis, who organizes the tournament.
The American finished seventh out of nine in the tournament, starting with the lowest world ranking. He only got one win, with two losses and five draws.
Accusations of cheating in chess history
Accusations of cheating have historically tainted chess.
In the legendary game between the American Bobby Fischer and the Soviet Boris Spassky in 1972, the two delegations accused each other of illegal behavior, examining the chairs, the lighting and even the air in the room.
In front of the chessboard, the main means to cheat has been to have help from the public and establish a strategy to communicate. But ever since the computing power of computers began to outpace players, the chances of cheating have multiplied, especially at the highest level.
A Georgian grandmaster, Gaioz Nigalidze, was busted in 2015 due to because his visits to the bathroom were too frequent.
More discreetly, a microchip allows an accomplice to help a player from a distance, especially while the games are broadcast live.
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