The reigning and five-time world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, rocked the chess world when he accused 19-year-old American Grandmaster Hans Niemann of cheating.
In his most recent statement on Twitter, Carlsen explained why he withdrew from the Sinquefield Cup following his surprise defeat to Niemann and also his more recent, abrupt resignation after one move.
“I believe Niemann has cheated more – and more recently – than he has publicly admitted,” the Norwegian said in his statement. He was writing in reference to Niemann’s admission that he had cheated in online play in the past, once when he was 12-years-old and the second time at the age of 16. He has, though, denied cheating in over-the-board games.
Is it at all possible to cheat in an in-person game when so many people are watching? Does Carlsen have proof that Niemann used unfair means in their match at the Sinquefield Cup? What is the role of the world chess body, FIDE, in all of this?
In an attempt to understand that, Scroll.in put these questions to Indian Grandmaster RB Ramesh. The player-turned-coach has been the force behind many Grandmasters in India, most prominent among them teenage prodigy R Praggnanandhaa.
Excerpts from the conversation below:
How does someone cheat in chess?
It is widely accepted that…