Russian grandmaster Sergey Karjakin spoke about the scandal involving the reigning world champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen.
“It looks like an emotional breakdown. For two months now, everyone has been tormenting him with one question – why did he refuse the match for the world championship? It presses psychologically. Magnus is not allowed to play for his own pleasure. And then a strange story with the American grandmaster Hans Niemann, who has already been caught cheating in online tournaments twice … ”Sport-Express quotes Karyakin.
At the Sinquefield Cup, Carlsen lost to Hans Niemann and the next day announced that he was withdrawing from the tournament. The Norwegian made it clear that he suspects his opponent of cheating.
Recall that in mid-July, Carlsen refused to play a match for the chess crown against the Russian Ian Nepomniachtchi. The media reported that the Norwegian grandmaster will agree to defend the title in April 2023 in a match with Nepomniachtchi if the International Chess Federation (FIDE) changes the format of the competition.
Later, Carlsen himself explained his refusal of the match with Nepomniachtchi’s fear of losing to him. Now the Russian will play with Ding Liren.