World chess champion Magnus Carlsen gives up Hans Niemann’s rematch after a move following allegations of cheating

World chess champion Magnus Carlsen abandoned an online chess match against American rival Hans Niemann after making just one move, adding to the scandal surrounding the two players.

The two were playing an online match in the Julius Baer Generation Cup on Monday when Norway’s Carlsen resigned, turning off his webcam without saying anything after a single move.

The game commentators were completely surprised after Carlsen’s resignation, he reported ChessBase.

It was Carlsen and Niemann’s first meeting since the American’s win over Carlsen in the Sinquefield Cup earlier this month – in which the Norwegian accused his opponent of cheating.

“Magnus Carlsen just resigned. Got up and left,” he said Chess24 Commentator and chess grandmaster Tania Sachdev. “Turned off his camera and that’s all we know at the moment. We’ll try to get an update on that.”

As Ms Sachdev said this, Niemann’s webcam was seen to be turned off as well, with no comment from the player.

Earlier this month, the world’s best player hinted that the young grandmaster Niemann may have cheated in his previous game between the two grandmasters.

Carlsen shocked the sport when he exited a $500,000 tournament in St. Louis less than 24 hours after his shock loss to Niemann.

Niemann denied the cheating allegations but admitted to cheating in online games as a 12-year-old and then as a 16-year-old. He insisted he hadn’t cheated to beat Carlsen before accusing his critics of “wanting to ruin his career”.

He said he would even be willing to “strip” to prove his innocence and stressed he is a reformed character after admitting to using computers to cheat in online games Chess.com as a youth.

Last week, Niemann also denied claims that he hit Carlsen with a sex toy. Carlsen’s 53-game unbeaten streak ended on September 4 when he was defeated by 19-year-old Niemann in the Sinquefield Cup hosted by the St. Louis Chess Club.

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