The world chess federation (Fide) has rebuked the sector champion, Magnus Carlsen, for swiftly conceding a web based recreation in opposition to Hans Niemann.
In a observation launched on Friday, Fide informed Carlsen “there were better ways to handle the situation” – however added that it shared the Norwegian’s issues surrounding dishonest within the game, and reiterated its “zero-tolerance policy” at the subject.
Carlsen resigned after only one transfer in opposition to the American Niemann on the Julius Baer Generation Cup this week. Earlier this month, the Norwegian left an over-the-board match, the Sinquefield Cup, following a loss to the similar opponent.
The wonder defeat and Carlsen’s next withdrawal from the occasions in St Louis sparked popular controversy and hypothesis. Carlsen didn’t remark additional however the American grandmaster Hikaru Nakamura claimed the withdrawal was once as a result of Carlsen suspected his opponent had “probably cheated”.
In their observation, Fide stated it was once its accountability to offer protection to the integrity of chess given fresh occasions involving the 2 gamers. “We strongly believe that the world champion has a moral responsibility attached to his status, since he is viewed as a global ambassador of the game,” the governing frame stated. “We strongly believe that there were better ways to handle this situation.”
Fide added that it was once ready to process its Fair Play Commission with an intensive investigation of the incident as soon as ok preliminary evidence was once supplied. Carlsen has now not made any direct in opposition to any participant, whilst Niemann has denied any wrongdoing in his fit in opposition to Carlsen in St Louis.
“We share [Carlsen’s] deep concerns about the damage that cheating brings to chess,” the observation from the Fide president, Arkady Dvorkovich, added. “Fide has led the fight against cheating for many years, and we reiterate our zero-tolerance policy toward cheating in any form.”
“Fide is prepared to task its Fair Play commission with a thorough investigation of the incident, when the adequate initial proof is provided, and all parties involved disclose the information at their disposal. We are fully aware that, in some cases, uncertainty can harm players’ performance. It can also be damaging to a player’s reputation – that’s why we insist on the anti-cheating protocols to be followed.”
Niemann had in the past been banned from Chess.com, having admitted he had now not performed rather in non-competitive video games at the site in his early life. The 19-year-old has categorically denied of dishonest in his fit with Carlsen.
“I have never cheated in an over-the-board game,” Niemann stated, including that he was once even ready to play bare, in “a closed box with zero electronic transmission”, as a way to turn out his innocence.