The World Chess Federation has launched an investigation into world champion Magnus Carlsen and American teenager Hans Niemann. The background is the sensational feud between the two.
As a result of the sensational feud between world chess champion Magnus Carlsen (31) and the American teenager Hans Niemann (19) an investigation was opened against both. Klaus Deventer, member of the Fair Play Commission of the world chess association FIDE, confirms this to the news portal t-online.
According to this, “investigations are being conducted in two directions” – once against the alleged fraudster Niemann, but also against the Norwegian Carlsen. “Are there sufficient facts to justify an allegation of fraud? If we conclude that this is the case, we will file appropriate charges with the FIDE Ethics and Disciplinary Committee. However, we would also investigate whether a false allegation has been made.” .” Denver.
Carlsen made specific allegations of fraud
World champion Carlsen, who will no longer defend his title due to lack of motivation, recently made concrete allegations of fraud against Niemann for the first time. The 19-year-old’s progress is “unusual” and the American does not appear “tense and not even fully focused on the game,” Carlsen wrote on Twitter.
The Norwegian previously met Niemann in a top-class online tournament and closed the game after a move without comment. By age 16, Niemann had cheated in virtual tournaments and admitted.
A panel of up to three members from the FIDE Fair Play Commission will be formed in the coming days to investigate the matter. One of the candidates for this is Deventer.