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World chess champion Norwegian Magnus Carlsen was defeated by American Hans Niemann at the Champions Chess Tour online tournament.
According to Vice, the match was played virtually via Microsoft Teams and on the Chess24 online chess platform. Carlsen, playing black, resigned after his opponent made a second move, advancing the second pawn. The Norwegian himself thus made one move with his knight (Kg8-f6). Without saying anything, Carlsen turned off the webcam.
Earlier in September, Niemann beat Carlsen in the Grand Chess Tour in St. Louis, after which the world champion suspected his opponent of cheating and withdrew from the tournament. Despite the fact that Niemann’s involvement in cheating was not proven, he was banned from playing on the largest chess platform Chess.com (but left the opportunity to play on Chess24).
Magnus Carlsen is the 16th world chess champion, he became it in 2013. Since then, he has repeatedly defended the title, defeating, in particular, the Russians Sergey Karyakin and Ian Nepomniachtchi.
In 2023, Carlsen was supposed to defend his title against Ian Nepomniachtchi, but in the summer of 2022 he announced that he would not do so. Thus, the representative of China Ding Liren will become Nepomniachtchi’s opponent.