GM Dlugy on Carlsen-Niemann | ChessBase

Although the Carlsen-Niemann affair now seems well documented, even if it is no closer to a resolution than when it started, the world champion involved general manager Maxim Dlugy when he started it. cited as Niemann’s mentor, suggesting that the American grandmaster had played a role in the cheating accusations. pointed at the 19-year-old.

A week later, private emails that Maxim Dlugy had exchanged with were leaked to Motherboard, a subsidiary of popular online news site Vice, regarding a tournament he had hosted.

Report by Vice after the confidential emails were leaked to him

As a result, he found his name implicated in the Hans Niemann case as a “person of interest”. Today the grandmaster released a long and detailed statement regarding all aspects, including his relationship with Hans Niemann and his impressions of the young American as a talent, his games in the actual events cited by and other details he needs. be in the conversation.

Link to full statement


A grandmaster and chess professional for over 40 years, I have found myself embroiled in the cheating controversy rocking the chess world, following the publication of confidential emails by – a company with a huge financial interest in supporting the version of events pushed by world chess champion Magnus Carlsen.

At the end of August, less than two weeks before the case exploded, made an offer of $82.9 million to buy all of Magnus Carlsen’s companies.

The first love at first sight came when Magnus said I was mentoring Hans Niemann, a former student of mine with whom I have kept casual contact over the years, implying that I helped him cheat.

Then came calls from reporters asking for comment on two-year-old emails between and me that the website had agreed in writing to keep confidential and published without my consent. In a roundabout way, the exchanges could be meant to back up Magnus’ claims…. with whom is negotiating a huge financial agreement.

My Chess Career

I have been involved in chess for the vast majority of my life. I won my first chess tournament when I was 15. I won the world junior chess championship in 1985, I was the highest rated blitz player in the World Blitz Chess Association in the period 1988-1992.

In the 1988 World Blitz Championship, a knockout event, Dlugy narrowly lost to Garry Kasparov 2.5-3.5

Relationship with Hans

I met Hans at the Junior World Championships in South Africa 8 years ago, when he was 11 years old. I started working with him around October 2014. In three to four months he went from 2150 to 2350. I wasn’t that surprised with his progress as I had students who demonstrated similar growth, but by his ability to digest the information I gave him and then improve it.

Most of my sessions were between rounds of major tournaments on the west coast and it was clear that Hans could absorb the information as quickly as a great GM could, being immediately able to implement it into the game he was playing. was playing.

Accusation of Magnus Carlsen

It seems Magnus was told by advisers to avoid direct accusations and to work with innuendo. He insinuated that Hans had cheated in their game, without saying as much, and when it came time to say something interesting, he insinuated that Hans had a mentor, myself, who does a great job at it. helping to play well, which for Magnus now amounts to cheating. He then came out openly and claimed that Hans had cheated and would not play any more tournaments with him. Magnus’ plan is to try to prove “guilt by association”. If Hans has a mentor who is a cheater, by definition Hans must be a cheater and therefore he cheated in their game, as he looked relaxed or rather “not tense” when playing it. The public was then invited to check out my alleged incidents of cheating in 2017 and 2020 on, which would firmly establish that since I admitted to violating’s fair play policies, I have clearly helped or advised Hans that the only way to make him progress in chess is by cheating.

Since Hans then already admitted that he cheated when he was 12 and 16, social media would strongly support the world champion’s plan to involve Hans more by linking one “cheat” to another.

There are several problems with this concept:

Although to cheat with a real device you need an accomplice who has access to the device with a running chess engine, you also need a connection to the device which, account given the precautions taken at many modern tournaments, particularly the Sinquefield Cup, is not even a possibility.

None of the scholars tasked with finding anything wrong with the Carlsen-Niemann game in question have found anything substantial to indicate outside influence in motion generation. In fact, Hans has on at least two occasions in this game given up much of his advantage gained early in the opening phase, but Magnus failed to capitalize on it. Kenneth Regan, the leading recognized authority on the subject, presented a detailed report in which he found no evidence that Hans used an engine in either this particular game or any other Over the Board game.

A detailed interview with Dr. Ken Regan which details his analysis of Hans Niemann since September 2020, in which he firmly states that he has found no evidence of cheating since then, online or overboard

A summarized video explaining his methods in his own words in the aforementioned interview

History of

Emails sent by showed that I had indeed breached their fair play guidelines twice in 2017 during two tournaments where one of my students in a class was shouting moves with other students while looking at the engine.

I realized the 2017 accusations had some truth only months later after catching the student in question cheating. As soon as this happened, I immediately contacted Danny Rensch and admitted the breach of fair play rules which I was unaware of having committed until that moment. I admitted that it was a violation, although the Magnus Carlsen’s recent videos receiving advice from one of Britain’s top players David Howell to beat a major contender in a money tournament on seems like a bigger violation, as he purposely played the game-winning move on the spot. It can be clearly seen in the video that Magnus didn’t take it too seriously, admitting he was cheating on the spot.

In my case, I really had no reason to believe that I had actually cheated and was adamant that I hadn’t cheated until I realized what was happening months later, because the idea that the children have obtained more than 1000 points less than me could help me to play better. never occurred to me. I think I was negligent in not imagining such a thing could happen, but after apologizing and offering to return prize money for the event, an offer that Danny Rensch did not not commented on, I think I did as much as anyone would under the circumstances.



In the spring 2020 tournament I participated in after my account was fully reinstated 3 years after the events of 2017, I was kicked out by in the 9th round of the tournament where I had a score of 6 ,5/8, while DO NOT USE ANY EXTERNAL ASSISTANCE!

I was shocked by this because I was playing the tournament from my apartment and couldn’t figure out what happened. I was informed that I had been sent off for violation of the fair play guidelines and that given the history I would have 72 hours to confess anything regarding the violations of the fair play guidelines or my account would be permanently closed.

This created quite a dilemma. For one thing, from my previous discussions with Danny Rensch on the subject, it has become quite apparent that he believes in the methodology more than anything else, despite having recently studied docs on the website, I found out that it turns out that 5 or 6 calls a month are actually satisfied and those accounts are reinstated. I just didn’t have time to deal with this situation, and as I had taken at their word that the email exchange would continue to be confidential and private, as stated in all their correspondence , I made the mistake of agreeing to admitting that I used help in some of the games in the event. The other side of the coin would be potentially worse.

When you get kicked out of, rumors immediately start circulating that you cheated and were therefore kicked out. Remembering the messages I received in 2017, I decided it was better to admit my wrongdoing, and if they made it public, I would still be able to prove that I didn’t cheat by simply analyzing the games in question. Unfortunately, it came to this. Since can no longer be trusted to deliver on its promises, I’ll have to do what I do best: analyze chess games. My analysis of the games in question will be at the bottom of this statement..

I would also like to mention that since I “confessed” to breaching fair play guidelines, my account has been reinstated by and until recently I was playing regularly using this account, which I agreed to with that he would remain anonymous. This account is known to a handful of my friends as well as my students. This is a titled GM Diamond account.

Parts analyzed (courtesy of Maxim Dlugy):

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