US teen chess player Hans Neimann lost in the quarterfinals Thursday, eliminating the possibility of a dramatic rematch between the cheating-plagued prodigy and world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.
Carlsen resigned after just one move during their last game amid rumors his opponent cheated using a vibrating anal sex toy.
A tense finale between Carlsen, 31, and Neimann, 19, however, will not take place at the Julius Baer Generation Cup after the teen lost against Le Quang Liem on Thursday.
The world chess champion has laughed-off claims that Neimann used vibrating anal beads to cheat, but stunned avid chess fans when he resigned from a rematch against Niemann after just a single move in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup on September 19.
Niemann has furiously denied using vibrating anal beads to receive tips on how to play. The teenage star said: ‘I have never cheated in an over-the-board game. If they want me to strip fully naked, I will do it.’
He unexpectedly beat the world champion in a real-life battle for the Sinquefield Cup in St. Louis a month before the online tournament on Chess24.
Chess genius, Hans Niemann, 19, (pictured) lost in the quarter finals of the Julius Baer Generation Cup on Thursday. The teen had been earlier accused by fans of cheating in a slew of different and imaginative ways, including using vibrating anal beads to communicate with his coach
Any chance of a rematch against his rival Magnus Carlsen, 31 (pictured) – who dramatically resigned against Neimann in an earlier match – will no longer be able to happen
The teenage chess starlet sparked rumors that he was cheating 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.
Former chess prodigy Dlugy was also jailed on charges of attempting to embezzle $9million, but he was later cleared of all charges.
Carlsen was interviewed by a reporter in Oslow, and quizzed on his thoughts on the bizarre claims of cheating.
The chess genius said: ‘Unfortunately, I cannot particularly speak on that but people can draw their own conclusions and they certainly have.
‘I have to say I’m very impressed by Niemann’s play and I think his mentor Maxim Dlugy must be doing a great job.’
With Neimann’s recent loss, Carlsen will now go on to play Vincent Keymer in the semifinals, and if he wins, he will either face Liem or Argun Erigaisi.
Carlsen stunned avid chess fans when he resigned from a rematch against Niemann after just a single move in the online Julius Baer Generation Cup
He has now refused to say if he believes that Niemann was cheating during both of their games in an interview
He added that he thought cheating in the sport was ‘easy’ to do, but he ‘wouldn’t recommend it’ no matter how ‘tempting’ it might be.
Carlsen also said that he would ‘probably’ say a bit more on the entire situation when the entire tournament comes to an end.
During a preliminary round in the online tournament, Carlsen caught announcers by surprise when he made a single move with black, and then conceded defeat and logged out of the match. The week before, he left an over-the-board tournament after losing the Niemann.
Announcer Tania Sachdev said during the Carlsen vanishing act that it was ‘unprecedented,’ saying he was ‘making a very big statement’ by refusing to play Niemann.
It follows San Francisco-native Niemann’s victory over the Norwegian Carlsen – while the teen was playing black – at the Sinquefield Cup on September 4.
FIDE, the world’s chess governing body, condemned Carlsen’s actions, saying ‘his actions impact the reputation of his colleagues, sportive results, and eventually can be damaging to our game.
‘We strongly believe that there were better ways to handle this situation.’
Dlugy, pictured, was banned from Chess.com in 2017 after allegedly cheating on one of the Titles Tuesdays
When Carlsen dropped out of the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic Tweet saying: ‘I’ve withdrawn from the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing in the @STLChessClub, and hope to be back in the future.’
Along with the tweet, he posted a cryptic video of football manager Jose Mourinho saying: ‘If I speak I am in big trouble.’
Mourinho had been speaking at a news conference after a game in which his team is believed to have lost because of some questionable decisions by officials.
Carlsen had played 53 classical matches without a loss and had won the cup twice before in the last decade, but had never withdrawn from an ongoing event.
Chess.com has declined to invite Niemann from Chess.com Global Championship, a $1million event starting with online qualifiers and culminating in an eight-player final in Toronto, after the controversy.
Niemann has furiously denied using vibrating anal beads to received tips on how to play – saying that he would ‘strip naked’ if needed
When Carlsen dropped out of the St. Louis tournament without explanation, he posted a cryptic Tweet saying: ‘I’ve withdrawn from the tournament. I’ve always enjoyed playing in the @STLChessClub, and hope to be back in the future’
Carlsen also said that he would ‘probably’ say a bit more on the entire situation when the entire tournament comes to an end
Niemann has furiously denied using vibrating anal beads to receive tips on how to play. The teenage star said: ‘I have never cheated in an over-the-board game. If they want me to strip fully naked, I will do it.
‘I don’t care. Because I know I am clean. You want me to play in a closed box with zero electronic transmission, I don’t care. I’m here to win and that is my goal regardless.’
But critics note that his Elo rating, which gauges the strength of chess players, shot to 2701 after his victory over Carlsen, up from just 2484 in January 2021, a staggering rise that some find unlikely.
And Niemann has admitted to cheating in online chess tournaments when he was a child, saying that he deeply regrets it.
In one online match when he was 12, he says one of his friends brought over an iPad loaded with a ‘chess engine’ program that offered the most likely route to a win.
The person Niemann was playing couldn’t see him, and so was unaware of what was unfolding.
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