A world champion chess player who recently lost to a teen accused of cheating in the most bizarre way refused to fight the teen in the most passive-aggressive way.
It happened on Monday at the Julius Baer Generation Cup during a match between Norwegian grandmaster Magnus Carlsen, 31, and 19-year-old Hans Niemann.
Carlsen, who is rated by the International Chess Federation as the best player in the world, made his first move with the black pieces and then promptly quit the game, causing Niemann to do the same a short time later, according to The Guardian.
There is a history between the two players: Earlier this month, Niemann defeated Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis, an upset win that was so unexpected it was inspiring to say the least. an unfounded theory that Niemann used a computer program that secretly relayed winning movements via a “prostate massager” or “wireless anal beads.”
However, Niemann insists he won fairly and that he was willing to “strip completely naked” to disprove the anal beading theory.
No one has proven that Niemann cheated during the Sinquefield Cup, but he was also accused of cheating in prize money matches on Chess.com and was banned from the site, although he is allowed to participate in Chess24.com.
After Niemann’s upset win, Carlsen abruptly withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup. His only comment at the time was: a cryptic tweet of a 2020 speech by Portuguese football manager Jose Mourinho: “I’d rather not speak. When I speak, I’m in big trouble… and I don’t want to get in big trouble.”
Carlsen’s actions on Monday were hailed by other chess players, including: grandmaster Jon Ludvig Hammer, his compatriot, who called for sanctions against Carlsen, saying: “It is the most unacceptable behavior to lose on purpose. The most unsportsmanlike [thing] you can do,” according to Defector.com.
Neither Carlsen nor Niemann have commented on Monday’s game, but Kotaku.com noted that Carlsen’s actions were especially shocking because his own organization is hosting the tournament, meaning he “effectively invited his apparent nemesis into his virtual home, then walked out the back.