Magnus Carlsen explains Twitter that he has withdrawn from the Sinquefield Cup tournament in a cryptic message.
The chess star has attached a video of José Mourinho, in which the Portuguese responds in an interview that “if I say anything, I’m in huge trouble”.
On Sunday, Carlsen surprisingly lost to American Hans Niemann.
– Withdrawing from a tournament is extremely dramatic. And Magnus has not given any clear justification as to why. That in itself indicates that there are no health problems. Because then he would just say that, says TV 2’s chess expert Jon Ludvig Hammer, who, among other things, has been part of the 31-year-old’s WC team in the past.
– The big talking point in the chess world now is: What does this come from?
TV 2 has tried to get a comment from Carlsen’s father and manager, Henrik Carlsen, who will not say anything beyond his son’s Twitter message.
The website Chess24 writes, as reported by VG, that “it is obvious that Carlsen suspects foul play, but is not willing to make a public accusation”.
However, Chess24’s experts see no reason to doubt whether Carlsen lost the game.
– Sorry, but he could easily have played that game. There was nothing special about the way Hans played the game, says Lawrence Trent, who holds the title of international champion.
The organizer has not responded to TV 2’s inquiry.
On Twitter states that they have initiated additional anti-cheating procedures. The measures were a 15-minute delay on the live stream and an increased RFID (radio frequency identification) check of the players.