For those of you who think the high-stakes world of professional chess is as fun as watching paint dry, think again.
Cheating allegations have rattled the upper echelons of mind games, including one player going crazy over a device that may have helped him analyze moves.
The controversy surrounding World Champion Magus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the $350,000 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis on Monday after he was defeated by a 19-year-old grandmaster – a step above the rookie level in the chess world – who was once kicked out of an online game site for using a computer to play. analyze his moves.
Upstart Hans Niemann defeated the Norwegian champion in the third round, prompting Carlsen to leave the tournament, after which he posted a cryptic message on his social media in the form of a video of the man football manager José Morinho, who alluded to a fraud. scuffle between the referees with the sentence: “If I speak, I’m in big trouble.”
The fraud suggestion quickly spread, prompting Niemann to deny the allegations.
“The world champion to lose to me must be very embarrassed,” said Niemann, who finished last in the tournament. “I feel bad for him.”
Niemann was once disqualified from an online contest after it was discovered he was using a computer to analyze moves, but he insists he has never cheated in a live contest. “I’m telling the world because I don’t want any misrepresentation and I don’t want rumors,” he said this week. “I’ve never cheated in a board game.”
However, he was “thoroughly fooled” in the next round of play because a computer device that could help him analyze his moves in the competition, carried a $350,000 wallet. Follow The Guardians.
The scandal reminds many of the 2006 “Toiletgate” incident, in which Veselin Topalov accused rival Vlad Kramnik of placing a device in the toilet to help analyze moves.
Some players in the St. Louis this week Talk to The Wall Street Journal that they were unable to focus on the scandal.
Leading contender, Ian Nepomniachtchi, says the only way to ensure secret devices or buzzers aren’t used is to compete “naked in a locked room” to keep the game clean.
“I don’t see this happening,” said the Russian, who lost to Carlsen at the World Chess Championship. Magazinebut he said he was shocked when the younger Niemann beat Carlsen, calling it “more than impressive.”