After 19-year-old American grandmaster Hans Niemann defeated Magnus Carlsen in the third round of the Sinquefield Cup 2022, the World Chess Champion decided to withdraw from the event. Rumors that Magnus Carlsen suspected Niemann was cheating started spreading over social medias and the topic of cheating in chess is the top news in mass medias ever since. As Norwegian government broadcasting company NRK reports, the President of the Norwegian Chess Federation IM Joachim Birger Nilsen admitted he cheated online during the Pro Chess League played on chess.com in 2016/2017 season. Nilsen confessed he received outside help from a person who was hidden in the room while he played. “It was an assisted game where I received help during the game, and that is not allowed. You have to play alone, without help“, said Nilsen to NRK.
As Tarjei J. Svensen writes, there are several calls for Nilsen’s resignation from the president’s position in the Norwegian Chess Federation.