‘Unprecedented’: World’s #1 Chess Master Resigns After One Move Against Suspected Cheater

‘Unprecedented’: World’s #1 Chess Master Resigns After One Move Against Suspected Cheater


The number one chess player in the world made a stunning move on Monday against a player who was widely suspected of cheating against him in a recent tournament: he resigned after one move.

31-year-old Magnus Carlsen’s resignation after one move signaled his refusal to compete against 19-year old Hans Niemann; Carlsen had led the standings at the at the Julius Baer Generation Cup after the opening rounds Sunday; his resignation does not affect his play in other games at the virtual tournament.

“What happened? What?!” Woman Grandmaster Tania Sachev exclaimed on the broadcast of the event when Carlsen’s camera signed off. “Magnus Carlsen just resigned, got up, and left … And that’s all we know right now,” The Wall Street Journal reported.

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Event announcer Peter Leko echoed, “Wow.

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