Chess champion Magnus Carlsen has moaned on his social media about cheating in chess and claims he couldn’t focus in his latest loss when he saw his opponent was wearing a watch.
Carlsen, the world’s top ranked chess pro, was beaten earlier today as part of the Qatar Masters 2023 competition by Alisher Suleymenov.
In a post on social media, the 32-year-old said that due to Suleymenov wearing a watch he completely lost his concentration.
The Norwegian said: ‘I was completely crushed in my game today. This is not to accuse my opponent of anything, who played an amazing game and deserved to win.
‘Honestly, as soon as I saw my opponent was wearing a watch early in the game, I lost my ability to concentrate.’
Norway’s Magnus Carlsen (pictured at the 44th Chess Olympiad in 2022), is currently the world’s top ranked chess player
Carlsen added: ‘I obviously take responsibility for my inability to deal with those thoughts properly, but it’s also incredibly frustrating to see organizers still not taking anti-cheating seriously at all (no transmission delay, spectators walking around the playing hall with smartphones) .’
In an update, he continued: ‘I did ask an arbiter during the game whether watches were allowed, and he clarified that smartwatches were banned, but not analog watches. This seems to be against FIDE rules for events of this stature.’
Footage of the match between Carlsen and Suleymenov shows the 23-year-old Kazakhstani wearing a large watch as the two faced off.
It comes after fellow chess star Hans Niemann who was accused of using anal beads to beat Carlsen spoke out in August after being cleared of cheating.
Hans Niemann sued Norway’s Magnus Carlsen for $100million for ruining his career after the world champion suggested he cheated his way to a stunning victory against him at a tournament in 2020.
The sport was rocked by rumors that a chess coach had told the 20-year-old what moves to play by sending buzzes to a sex toy hidden in his body.
The lawsuit was dismissed in the summer and Niemann has now reached agreement with the sport’s online platform chess.com, setting the stage for an avidly anticipated rematch.
Footage of the match between Carlsen and Suleymenov shows the 23-year-old Kazakhstani wearing a large watch as the two faced off
In a post to his social media, the 32-year-old said that due to Suleymenov wearing a watch he completely lost his concentration
Chess grandmaster Hans Niemann (pictured) was cleared of allegations made by a rival that he used vibrating anal beads to cheat
The self-taught grandmaster from San Francisco was rocketing up the world rankings when he was drawn to play against Carlsen at the Sinquefield Cup last September in St Louis, Missouri.
But with Carlsen playing white and given the first move, few expected to see Niemann’s powerful defense dismantle his opponent and claim the game.
He credited a ‘ridiculous miracle’, for his victory, claiming he had watched a video of Carlsen using a similar game plan in a game four years earlier that morning.
Critics claimed the explanation did not hold water and Carlsen withdrew from the tournament, with a cryptic tweet of Portuguese football manager José Mourinho saying: ‘If I speak, I’m in big trouble, and I don’t want to be in big trouble.’
The organizers immediately beefed-up security measures including a 15-minute delay in the broadcast of the moves and increased radio-frequency identification checks as rumors swirled that Niemann had cheated.
Chess bloggers jokingly suggested that some players had used ‘anal beads’ for years, a rumor which was amplified by Elon Musk with a misquote from German philosopher Arthur Schopenhauer.
A week later, Carlsen fueled the scandal when he resigned after just one move in an online match against Niemann.
Niemann, 19, filed the lawsuit last year in US District Court for Missouri, accusing Norwegian chess world champion Magnus Carlsen (above) of slandering him
‘Do any fair play checking you want, I don’t care because I know that I’m clean,’ Niemann furiously said in an interview after his win.
As the rumors mounted Niemann underwent a humiliating 90-second body-scan in front of laughing spectators before entering a tournament a few weeks later.
Niemann sued Carlsen, the website, and Japanese grandmaster for defamation, claiming that Carlsen paid another grandmaster €300 to shout ‘Cheater Hans’ from a public balcony during a tournament.
That lawsuit was thrown out by a Missouri judge in June but Chess.com said it had readmitted Niemann in August after he promised no further legal action against it.
In response to the settlement, Carlsen said: ‘I acknowledge and understand Chess.com’s report, including its statement that there is no determinative evidence that Niemann cheated in his game against me at the Sinquefield Cup.
‘I am willing to play Niemann in future events, should we be paired together.’
Niemann also echoed this statement, saying he would repeat the victory when their rematch takes place.
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