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What if Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann meet in the Julius Baer Generation Cup Knockout phase?

After Hans Niemann defeated the World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, Carlsen decided to withdraw from the tournament without detailed explanations. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social media and the controversy over the Niemann – Carlsen case is not stopping. During The Julius Baer Generation Cup – the 7th event of the Meltwater Champions Chess Tour -which takes place from 18-25 September on chess24.com, World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen met again with the 19-year-old Hans Niemann in the 6th round. Carlsen resigned against Niemann on move 2 and went offline, but continued competing in the event.

With the results of day 3 in, the possibility that Magnus Carlsen again meets Hans Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup is pretty high. The event is played in two stages: Preliminary and Knock-out. The top eight players of the Preliminary stage will proceed to the second stage fighting over 4-game matches in the quarter-finals and semi-finals, while the finals feature two 4-game matches and a total of 8 games. Detailed information about the Julius Baer Generation Cup system of play can be found here

Carlsen currently holds first place in the Julius Baer Generation Cup with 25 points, while Niemann scores 18 points to be 7th on the current rankings. Practically speaking, Carlsen and Niemann might meet as soon as in the first round of the Knockout stage in several cases:

  • One player finishes first, the second player finishes eight
  • One player finishes second, the second player finishes seventh
  • One player finishes third, the second player finishes sixth
  • One player finishes fourth, the second player finishes fifth

Even if none of these scenarios happen, Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann could meet in the semifinals or finals. What will be Carlsen’s reaction if he again gets paired with Hans Niemann? Resignation would basically mean withdrawal from another event. His latest act of resigning met different comments: Susan Polgar called it a protest move, Levon Aronian said he understands Magnus’s frustration, Anish Giri shared his insights on the case saying that it looks like Magnus insinuating something, but until you catch someone, you cannot do anything. Meanwhile, the member of the Norwegian National Chess Team GM Jon Ludvig Hammer said Magnus should be sanctioned for his behavior. More reactions can be seen here



See the timetable of happenings related to Niemann – Carlsen case:


Date News
5-Sep BREAKING: Magnus Carlsen withdraws from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-Sep Possible reasons of Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
5-Sep Hans Niemann was thoroughly checked before the fourth round of the Sinquefield Cup (VIDEO)
5-Sep Sinquefield Cup’s players and organizers react to Carlsen’s withdrawal from the tournament
5-Sep Hans Niemann R4 post-game interview: At least I got to beat Magnus Carlsen before he left
6-Sep Sinquefield Cup 2022 improves anti-cheating measures after Carlsen’s withdrawal
6-Sep Fabiano Caruana: Can’t wait to hear more about the Hans effect on The Magnus Effect
6-Sep Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s withdrawal from the Sinquefield Cup 2022
6-Sep Niemann’s emotional confession R5 post-game interview: I cheated in random games on chess.com and this was the biggest mistake in my life
7-Sep Reactions to Hans Niemann’s interview
7-Sep Hans Niemann: I’d like to see what Nakamura has to say now
8-Sep Hans Niemann R6 post-game interview: The silence of my critics speaks for itself
8-Sep Elon Musk comments on accusations towards Hans Niemann
8-Sep Garry Kasparov about Carlsen’s withdrawal: It’s an act with no precedent in the past 50 years
9-Sep Chess.com explains its decision to remove Hans Niemann from the platform in the official statement
9-Sep Daniel Rensch about chess.com’s statement: This tweet speaks for itself
9-Sep Hikaru Nakamura reacts to Hans Niemann’s interview
9-Sep Susan Polgar about Niemann – Carlsen case: The professional reputation of many parties is at stake
9-Sep Garry Kasparov: Unless the chess world is to be dragged down into endless pathetic rumors, clear statements must be made
9-Sep Niemann keeps analyzing his game with MVL while getting checked with the anti-cheating device (VIDEO)
9-Sep Hans Niemann R7 post-game interview: It is absolutely ridiculous to play chess under these conditions
10-Sep Hikaru Nakamura and Daniel Naroditsky speak about cheating in chess
10-Sep Hans Niemann’s fans gather in front of the Saint Louis Chess Club
10-Sep Sinquefield Cup Chief Arbiter’s statement: We have no indication that any player has been playing unfairly in the Sinquefield Cup 2022
11-Sep New allegations within Niemann – Carlsen case: Hans Niemann performs much better with live DGT boards
11-Sep Nigel Davies, “If Carlsen does not speak soon, the FIDE Ethics Commission should act”
11-Sep Alexander Grischuk about Niemann – Carlsen case: Magnus freaked out for a reason
11-Sep Richard Rapport suggests a polygraph test to manage cheating in chess and protect players who are falsely accused
11-Sep Alexei Shirov: Hans Niemann’s last GM norm looks suspicious
12-Sep Hans Niemann after the end of the Sinquefield Cup 2022: It was a lot to handle and I wasn’t able to manage my nerves
13-Sep S.L. Narayanan: I believe FIDE has to take more stringent measures for both online as well as OTB
13-Sep Hans Niemann and Magnus Carlsen to meet at the Julius Baer Generation Cup
14-Sep Hans Niemann to be back at the Saint Louis Chess Club for the 2022 Fall Chess Classic
15-Sep Fabiano Caruana on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I do not think Niemann cheated in this tournament
16-Sep Leonard Barden for Guardian on Niemann – Carlsen case: It is time for FIDE to step in
16-Sep Stephen Colbert jokes about the latest accusations against Hans Niemann in his late night talk show
18-Sep Alejandro Ramirez shares his insights on Carlsen’s withdrawal: I don’t think Hans cheated
19-Sep Magnus Carlsen resignes against Hans Niemann in the second move
19-Sep Susan Polgar on Carlsen’s resignation against Niemann: Definitely a protest move!
19-Sep Hammer says Carlsen should be sanctioned in live Norwegian TV program
19-Sep Fair-Play specialist Kenneth Regan: Niemann played well, but not too well
19-Sep Levon Aronian: I believe Niemann hasn’t been the cleanest person when it comes to online chess
19-Sep Magnus Carlsen applauds Pragg for the fantastic game
19-Sep Reactions to Magnus Carlsen’s resignation
19-Sep Niemann’s and Carlsen’s facial expressions during their 2-move game
20-Sep Carlsen will not give any interviews during the tournament
20-Sep Anish Giri: we know about online cheating by multiple other chess players
20-Sep Nakamura on Carlsen – Nieman Julius Baer game
20-Sep Martin B. Justesen: Carlsen is handling the Chess.com merger like Elon Musk did with the purchase of Twitter
20-Sep Carlsen’s resignation is the top story in Norwegian newspapers
20-Sep Why was Hans Niemann invited to the Julius Baer Generation Cup?
20-Sep Naroditsky: I am pretty confident that Magnus believes Niemann has cheated over the board before Saint Louis