An nameless reader quotes a report from Motherboard: Chess’s top-ranked participant, Magnus Carlsen, has lastly spoken concerning the ongoing alleged dishonest scandal that has rocked the chess world for the final a number of weeks and was reignited when Carlsen resigned in protest after making one transfer in opposition to Hans Niemann. Niemann, in fact, was accused of dishonest in opposition to Carlsen earlier this month, however nobody has been in a position to show this, nor has a mechanism for the supposed dishonest been confirmed.
“I believe the entire world is questioning, what’s the motive you withdrew [against Niemann]?” a newscaster with Chess24 requested. “Sadly I can not significantly communicate on that,” Carlsen mentioned. “However, you understand, folks can draw their very own conclusion and so they definitely have. I’ve to say I am very impressed by Niemann’s play, and I believe his mentor Maxine Dlugy have to be doing an amazing job.” “I can’t touch upon that,” he added when requested if he was accusing Niemann of dishonest. He was then requested if he was accusing Dlugy, who’s a chess grandmaster, of serving to Niemann cheat: “No, I can’t say extra about that topic … I hope to say slightly bit extra after the event.” Carlsen was then requested if he thought dishonest was an issue in chess. “I believe particular person folks will reply the query in another way relying on their very own experiences. No matter whether or not it is a large downside or not, it is, I believe, pretty simple to cheat. On a normal foundation, cheaters sooner or later, it shouldn’t be taken calmly neither on-line nor over the board.”
Chess watchers consider that by namedropping Maxine Dlugy, Carlsen is placing down extra breadcrumbs. Dlugy is is a Russian-born, American chess grandmaster who at present operates the Chess Max Academy in Manhattan. In July, Dlugy posted a photograph with “my scholar Hans Niemann,” congratulating him on “changing into a prime 50 participant on this planet! Go Hans!” After Niemann beat Carlsen earlier this month, Dlugy posted a congratulatory message: “Simply 16 months in the past or so, I really helpful to Hans to actually concentrate on endings. He devoted numerous time to this pivotal a part of the sport and at the moment I’m proud to say that his endgame play is ample to beat the reigning World Champion from a greater place. That is highly effective! Hans Niemann — Chess speaks for itself!”
Redditors have been fast to level out, nonetheless, that Dlugy has his personal controversy. Dlugy has been eliminated twice from a weekly Chess.com event known as Titled Tuesday, in 2017 and 2020. Benjamin Bok, a chess grandmaster and Twitch streamer, for instance, made a complete phase delving into a few of Dlugy’s previous Chess.com matches and declaring that Dlugy was instantly faraway from Chess.com with no rationalization: “Typically that solely means one factor,” Bok mentioned, not elaborating on what it means, however closely implying that it means he was caught dishonest. “Draw your personal conclusions. Draw your personal conclusions. That is all I’ll say.” “Query turns into: Is probably Dlugy Hans’ confederate, in case Hans is dishonest? We’ll have to attend and see,” Bok says. “However the truth that Magnus makes that assertion and drops his identify, it signifies that he is aware of one thing we do not know. You possibly can’t simply drop somebody’s identify in there with out actually realizing stuff. I really feel like he is aware of one thing actually huge.”