International Chess Federation accuses world number ones of damaging the reputation of the game

World No. 1 chess player Magnus Carlsen has been accused of “damaging” the game after sensationally knocking out a match against another grandmaster after fearing his rival was using anal beads to cheat.

In a statement on Friday, International Chess Federation (FIDE) President Arkady Dvorkovich revealed he was not pleased with Carlsen’s behavior as he withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup and ended his match against his 19-year-old opponent Hans Niemann.

The resignation came amid rumors that Neimann cheated with a vibrating anal sex toy.

Targeting the world Carlsen, Dvorkovich said the 31-year-old Norwegian has a “moral responsibility” because he is “regarded as football’s global ambassador”.

“His actions affect the reputation of his colleagues, sporty [sport-related] results and can eventually harm our game. We firmly believe there are better ways to deal with this situation,” he said.

The statement did not “specify” which situation it was referring to, although it is likely the sensationalist claim about the anal beads that Neimann has denied.

He is accused of using a vibrating, remote-controlled sex toy to gain an advantage over Carlsen by tricking an accomplice to buzz the device to guide him into better moves.

The President said the game’s governing body is trying to form a group of “specialists” who will root out cheating at FIDE events.

“FIDE stands ready to task its Fair Play Commission with a thorough investigation into the incident,” Dvorkovich said.

The head of the chess panel said more evidence was needed before such an investigation could begin.

Carlsen poses with the FIDE World Chess Championship trophy at the Dubai Expo 2020 in the Gulf Emirates on December 12, 2021

Carlsen poses with the FIDE World Chess Championship trophy at the Dubai Expo 2020 in the Gulf Emirates on December 12, 2021

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich calls for the creation of a team of experts to investigate allegations of cheating in chess

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich calls for the creation of a team of experts to investigate allegations of cheating in chess

Chess genius Hans Niemann, 19, (pictured) lost in the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generations Cup on Thursday. The teenager has been accused of cheating in various and imaginative ways, including using vibrating anal beads to communicate with his trainer

Chess genius Hans Niemann, 19, (pictured) lost in the quarterfinals of the Julius Baer Generations Cup on Thursday. The teenager has been accused of cheating in various and imaginative ways, including using vibrating anal beads to communicate with his trainer

US teenage chess player Neimann lost in Thursday’s quarterfinals, ruling out the possibility of a dramatic rematch between the cheating-plagued prodigy and Carlsen.

Neimann lost to Le Quang Liem on Thursday.

He has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads for gaming tips.

“Never have I ever cheated at a board game. If they want me to strip completely naked, I’ll do it,” he said.

The Bay Area native unexpectedly defeated the world champion in a real-life match for the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis a month before the online tournament on Chess24.

Any chance of a rematch against his rival Magnus Carlsen, 31 (pictured), who had resigned dramatically in a previous game against Neimann, is gone

Any chance of a rematch against his rival Magnus Carlsen, 31 (pictured), who had resigned dramatically in a previous game against Neimann, is gone

The teenage chess star sparked rumors that he had cheated by using remote controlled vibrating anal beads to communicate with his coach Maxim Dlugy.

Dlugy was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating on one of the titles and was the first to suspect Borislav Ivanov of cheating with a device in his shoes in 2013.

Dlugy, a former chess prodigy, was also jailed for attempting to embezzle $9 million from a magnesium factory he operated in Russia, but he was later cleared of all charges.

Carlsen was asked by a reporter in Oslo for his thoughts on the bizarre allegations of fraud.

“Unfortunately, I can’t specifically speak to that, but people can draw their own conclusions and they certainly have,” Carlsen said. “I have to say I’m very impressed with Niemann’s game and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugy must be doing a great job.”

Following Neimann’s recent defeat, Carlsen will now face Vincent Keymer in the semi-finals and if he wins he will face either Liem or Argun Erigaisi.

Carlsen stunned avid chess fans when he was knocked out of a rematch against Niemann in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup after just a single move

Carlsen stunned avid chess fans when he was knocked out of a rematch against Niemann in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup after just a single move

He has now declined to say if he thinks Niemann cheated in an interview during their two games

He has now declined to say if he thinks Niemann cheated in an interview during their two games

He added he thinks cheating in esports is “easy” but he “wouldn’t recommend it” no matter how “tempting” it might be.

Carlsen also said he would “probably” say a bit more about the whole situation when the whole tournament comes to an end.

During a preliminary round of the online tournament, Carlsen surprised the announcers when he made a single move with Black, then conceded defeat and logged out of the match. The week before, he exited an over-the-board tournament after losing the Niemann.

Spokesperson Tania Sachdev said during Carlsen’s disappearance that it was “unprecedented” and said he was making “a very big statement” by refusing to play Niemann.

It follows San Francisco native Niemann’s win over Norway’s Carlsen – while the teenager was playing black – in the Sinquefield Cup on September 4.

FIDE, the world governing body of chess, condemned Carlsen’s actions, saying: “His actions harm the reputation of his peers, sporting results and ultimately may harm our game.

“We firmly believe that there are better ways of dealing with this situation.”

Dlugy, pictured, was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating at one of the titles on Tuesday

Dlugy, pictured, was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating at one of the titles on Tuesday

When Carlsen dropped out of the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic tweet that read, “I’ve withdrawn from the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing @STLChessClub and hope to play again in the future.”

Along with the tweet, he released a cryptic video of football manager Jose Mourinho saying, “If I speak, I’m in big trouble.”

Mourinho had spoken at a press conference after a game his team lost, presumably due to some questionable decisions by officials.

Carlsen had gone 53 classic games unbeaten and previously won the trophy twice in the past decade but had never retired from a running event.

Following the controversy, Chess.com declined to invite Niemann to the Chess.com Global Championship, a $1 million event that begins with online qualifying tournaments and culminates in an eight-player final in Toronto.

Niemann has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads to get tips on how to play - and said he would strip

Niemann has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads to get tips on how to play – and said he would strip “nude” if necessary

When Carlsen dropped out of the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic tweet that read,

When Carlsen dropped out of the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic tweet that read, “I’ve withdrawn from the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing @STLChessClub and hope to play again in the future.

Carlsen also said that he

Carlsen also said he would “probably” say a bit more about the whole situation when the whole tournament comes to an end

Niemann has angrily denied using vibrating anal beads for gaming tips. The teenage star said: “I’ve never cheated in an over the board game before. If you want me to strip completely naked, I will.

‘I do not care. ‘Cause I know I’m clean They want me to play in a closed box with no electronic transmission, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that’s still my goal.”

However, critics note that his Elo rating, which measures the strength of chess players, skyrocketed from just 2484 in January 2021 to 2701 after his victory over Carlsen, a staggering rise that some say is unlikely.

And Niemann has admitted to cheating in online chess tournaments as a child and says he deeply regrets it.

In an online match when he was 12, he said one of his friends brought an iPad loaded with a “chess engine” program that offered the most likely path to victory.

The person playing Niemann could not see him and was therefore unaware of what was going on.

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