World chess champion accuses rival of cheating in explosive statement

Chess world champion Magnus Carlsen explicitly accused rival and fellow chess grandmaster Hans Niemann of cheating in a shocking statement posted on social media Monday.

The statement comes after Carlsen withdrew from the 2022 Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis after his third-round loss to Niemann, a loss that ended Carlsen’s 53-match unbeaten streak. He subsequently opted to retire while playing the American after making just one move during the Julius Baer Generation Cup on 20 September.

Carlsen openly accused Niemann of cheating for the first time in Monday’s statement, claiming the 19-year-old’s progress over board chess – chess played face-to-face – has been “unusual”.

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