He appeared in an interview with both Chess24 and TV 2, contrary to what was reported prior to the tournament.
The 31-year-old reveals that Bayan is getting close, but for now he keeps his cards close to his chest on why he deliberately lost against Hans Niemann.
– I can’t say anything about it. But people can draw their own conclusions, and they certainly did. And I must say that I am very impressed with Neiman’s playing. I think his mentor Maxim Delogi must have done a very good job, Carlsen tells Chess24.
When asked if he could confirm or deny whether there was a suspicion of fraud, he replied:
– I won’t comment on that.
– I understand very well that the current situation is unfortunate for many, says Carlsen to TV 2.
– If there was a final match between you and Neiman, would you run?
– Time will tell, then, he replies and laughs.
– Do you think Nieman is a cheat?
– So I will make a statement after the tournament. Maybe Monday or sometime early next week.
“I would have said more now about different things, but you’ll have to wait a bit – and then hopefully others will also try to focus on the championship in the meantime,” says Carlsen.
Watch the interview with the chess star and how he reacts to cheating questions here:
Magnus Carlsen left the field in the finals of the Chess Champions Tour. The 31-year-old took first place even before the start of the final round of qualifying.
Hans Niemann has now also qualified for the playoffs. After losing the first match of the day, he responded aggressively with two back-to-back wins. The 14th round win secured Neiman’s place in the playoffs.
Niemann’s good result means that Carlsen will not face Niemann in the quarter-finals. The earliest they can meet is in the final match.
Thus, Neiman and Carlsen also qualify for the next round tournament, which begins next month.
Although give up on it Made headlines in the world of chessCarlsen concludes with his best result in the opening rounds of this year’s Chess Tour of Champions.
In 15 rounds, the world champion had ten wins, four draws and one loss. He finished the preliminary rounds with 34 points out of a possible 45.
It’s also the best opening score on the Chess Tour of Champions ever.
On Thursday, Carlsen meets Levon Arunjan in match form. Nieman meets Le Quang Liem.
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