Chess’s biggest drama escalated yet again Monday afternoon, with Magnus Carlsen resigning in protest after just two moves in a rematch against Hans Niemann, who was accused of cheating against Carlsen in a recent tournament, sending the chess world into a tizzy.
The moment, which occurred during a preliminary matchup in the Julius Baer Generation Cup, stunned the event’s announcers, who were speculating about what opening moves Niemann would play. The match took place virtually over Microsoft Teams and on the online chess platform Chess24. Carlsen turned his webcam on, made one move, resigned, then turned his camera off and disappeared. He did not say anything.link