Unexpectedly, the president of the Norwegian Chess Federation, Joachim Birger Nilsenannounced his resignation after admitting that he cheated in a tournament in the past.
Magnus Carlsen’s ‘boss’ stepped aside after chess went into a schism over the so-called anal beads scandal, in which Carlsen is the protagonist for indirectly pointing out cheating to Hans Niemann.
The controversy worsens and heads begin to fall like pawns.
(You can read: Anal Chinese balls scandal: controversial review to prevent possible cheating).
Nilsen had confessed this Thursday to Norwegian public television NRK that, in three games of a Pro Chess League tournament in the 2016/17 season, received help from another person who was hidden in the room.
His statements provoked the same day that the Norwegian Federation issued a statement condemning the events, while praising the honesty of its president.
“We have received Joachim Nilsen’s decision to step down as president. We understand and appreciate that he takes responsibility for his actions, choosing what is best for the chess family.”is stated in another statement released.
It is striking in the chess world that his revelation came amid the Chinese anal balls scandal, a scenario that has been seen as the ‘resurrection’ of cheating in the sport.
The rope of controversy
The chess world has been shaken in recent weeks by the controversy caused by the accusations of the world champion, the Norwegian Magnus Carlsen, after losing, in a face-to-face game, against the American Hans Niemann last month in the Sinquefield Cup in San Louis (USA).
That loss, and suspicions about his opponent on the board, led Carlsen to withdraw from said tournament after three rounds and a few days later to abandon, in just two moves, his game against the same opponent in the Julius Baer tournament for Internet.
The situation became popular after tycoon Elon Musk surprised with a controversial tweet in which he guessed that Niemann would have used the alleged Chinese anal balls to win.
Niemann, 19, confessed after the first incident that he had cheated online when he was 12 and 16, but denied ever cheating on the live board.
Chess.com, the most followed online chess platform, revealed two days ago that Niemann “probably cheated” more than a hundred times and more recently than Niemann had admitted.
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