Reigning World Chess Champion Magnus Carlsen suddenly resigned after making just a single move Monday during his widely anticipated rematch against Hans Niemann, whom Carlsen hinted may have cheated in another game between the two grandmasters earlier this month, which set off waves across the chess world.
Magnus Carlsen of Norway uring the 82nd Tata Steel Chess Tournament held at the home of PSV football ... [+] club, Philips Stadion on January 16, 2020 in Eindhoven, Netherlands.
During a preliminary match for the Julius Baer Generation Cup, which Carlsen and Niemann played online using the Chess24 platform and Microsoft Teams, Carlsen suddenly resigned and turned his webcam off without saying a word.
The resignation took announcers Peter Leko and Tania Sachdev by surprise, with Sachdev noting such a move was “unprecedented” and “making a very big statement.”
Neither Carlsen nor Niemann have publicly commented on the brief match or resignation, and both showed up at their next scheduled matches on Monday.