Carlsen won’t play cheaters like Niemann

Magnus Carlsen clarified in an open letter that his boycott of Hans Niemann is connected with his belief that the young American has cheated more often and more recently than he admitted and that Niemann wasn’t even fully concentrated while he beat him. Carlsen mentions that he considered to withdraw from the Sinquefield Cup when Niemann replaced Rapport, and that he will not play against repeat-offenders such as he considers Niemann.