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Chess suspicion: Carlsen provokes colleagues

Chess suspicion: Carlsen provokes colleagues


Game sorted: The chess world goes to great lengths to prevent cheating – but it can’t be ruled out entirely, especially in online tournaments.
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World chess champion Magnus Carlsen is once again alienating young Hans Niemann. He may think he is a fraud bypassing security measures.

yOh von Neumann wore headphones In the board of directors and even think if there is one reasonable move to him. Just when he wanted to raise $800 in prize money at the end of the World Open in Philadelphia, the referee came up with the idea to present him with a simple chess problem. The man, who borrowed the name of a computer pioneer, did not bother trying to find the right move, but immediately ran away. It was that easy in 1993 to get unauthorized help on the chessboard, and it was easy to track down a cheater.

Headphones have long been banned on the board. Cell phones in particular. Even your own ballpoint pens are no longer allowed in many course rooms since an Italian amateur with a tiny camera in the pen relayed his current position to an assistant. Many leagues transfer games online only with a time delay. Assistants who wish to give forbidden advice with computer assistance must get to the trains first. To prevent any contact, World Championship matches are held in isolated rooms with only clear glass on the outside. At the World Cup Candidates Tournament three months ago, spectators were not allowed near the playroom or players’ toilets.

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