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Fide rebukes Carlsen for resignation but ‘shares concerns’ over cheating in chess

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The international chess federation (Fide) has rebuked the world champion, Magnus Carlsen, for abruptly conceding an online game against Hans Niemann.

In a statement released on Friday, Fide told Carlsen “there were better ways to handle the situation” – but added that it shared the Norwegian’s concerns surrounding cheating in the sport, and reiterated its “zero-tolerance policy” on the matter.

Carlsen resigned after just one move against the American Niemann at the Julius Baer Generation Cup this week. Earlier this month, the Norwegian left an over-the-board tournament, the Sinquefield Cup, following a loss to the same opponent.

The surprise defeat and Carlsen’s subsequent withdrawal from the events in St Louis sparked widespread controversy and speculation.

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