Carlsen and Niemann, in Almaty with the million-dollar lawsuit in the background

Magnus Carlsen and Hans Niemann meet this week at the World Rapids (Monday to Wednesday) and Lightning (Thursday and Friday) in Almaty, Kazakhstan. In the background, the demand that the American presented in his country demanding 400 million dollars from the Norwegian for accuse you of cheating, without conclusive evidence, in September. The results could lead them towards a showdown. Or not. But the morbidity and the expectation are served.

Carlsen and Niemann, during a game.

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Carlsen and Niemann, during a game.
Grand Chess Tour/Lennart Ootes

Carlsen, who has given up defending his world classic title in 2023, is number one in the rapid ranking and fourth in lightningchampionships that he has already won on other occasions but that now have the 18-year-old Uzbek as champions Nodirsbek Abdusattorov and Maxime Vachier-Lagrave, respectively. Ian Nepomniachtchi and Hiraku Nakamura appear on the poster, but not Alireza Firoudja or Liren Ding. The Spaniards will be Paco Vallejo and David Antón.

The stage in Almaty will be a pavilion for 5,000 spectators, the Baluan Sholak Sport Palace, where the Aisulu Almaty ice hockey team plays. And ice cream could be a cross between Carlsen and Niemann. The Norwegian fell to Niemann in the Sinquefiled Cup, ending a run of 53 games without losing. And the storm broke out because the world champion insinuated that the young Californian (19 years old) did not play fair. He had already admitted that he cheated in random games of chess.com Y The Wall Street Journal published a report with alleged illegal movements of the American on the virtual platform.

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A plataform, chess.comagainst which Niemann’s lawsuit also goes, which also includes Haiku Nakamura, who also questioned his honesty in a video. Precisely, a few days ago the merger between chess.com and Play Magnus, Carlsen’s business group, which will now add one hundred million users.

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