Magnus Carlsen’s resignation gambit kicks up row | Pune News – Times of India
Hans Niemann had confessed to cheating in two casual online games.
What’s behind Carlsen’s resignation drama?
Magnus Carlsen’s decision to resign after just one move against 19-year-old American Hans Niemann in the sixth round of the online Generation Cup on Monday night created a stir. Carlsen had lost to him twice before Niemann’s confession on cheating — first in an online competitive game last month and then in an over-theboard classical event in St Louis.
The world No. 1 did not turn up for the next game in that event and withdrew. Former world champion Garry Kasparov had tweeted after Carlsen’s withdrawal: “I will not delve into the ugly insinuations of the matter now, but must remark on what we do know: World chess champion Magnus Carlsen withdrew from the world’s premier tournament in St Louis, an act with no precedent in the past 50 years, and his explanation is required.”
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Seven-time national champion Praveen Thipsay told TOI: “Carlsen is not benefiting from this strange act. But it is not good for the sport.” Carlsen has unprecedented standing in the sport. Taking action against him is not practical. Neither Niemann nor other players in the tournament have lodged a complaint against Carlsen’s act. Prof Kenneth Regan, who has devised chess’ anti-cheating formula, said on the Twitch telecast: “It (Carlsen resignation) is not proper.
The top-8 players from the event qualify for the next phase and Magnus has given Niemann a free point. The other contenders may feel it is unfair to them.” Dutch elite GM Anish Giri said during a telecast: “Everybody is expecting some kind of a rabbit from the hat from Magnus. But he doesn’t want to play Hans. I thought he would be disturbed after resigning. But he was undisturbed (while beating Aronian). There is a slight weird character that Hans is portraying.
It doesn’t mean he cheats all the time. It is very confusing. When you feel your opponent is cheating, you just cannot play. But you must push these thoughts away. And that’s what I am trying to do. It is important that everybody tries to do that.” Regan said, “You must be the smartest cheater in the world if you can get critical information (relayed from the machine) at different points in the games, win your games, and yet produce a result (on the anti-cheating analytics) that shows up with me as less-than-50 and less than expectation agreement with the engine. I will doff my hat to you if you can do that.”
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