“Something Very Bad Happened In Carlsen’s Head”

Dlugy: Something very bad happened in Carlsen’s head; Hans Niemann should go to court

By Sergio
Posted on October 13, 2022

Florian Pütz from Der Spiegel, the largest German news online website, has conducted a long interview with Maxim Dlugy.


In the October 13 interview by Florian Pütz, Dlugy does not bite his tongue again and responds to multiple questions and topics. He explains in detail how he got to learn about Carlsen’s accusations, his cheating history on Chess.com, how he got to meet Hans Niemann and how he became his mentor. Dlugy drops the bomb: lawsuits are going to follow. Here are a few key takes, scroll down for a tweet and link to the full interview by Der Spiegel.

Dlugy: Two days before Magnus dropped my name in the interview, an old friend of mine had contacted me and asked about my relationship with Hans. I said I wasn’t his coach, more like his mentor. He asked what I thought of the cheating allegations. I said they were reprehensible, ridiculous and slanderous. There is no evidence. There is not even a crime. I told my friend, who knows Magnus Carlsen, to contact Team Magnus and tell them that it’s all absurd. So he contacted them, and I think he told them, Max is Hans’ mentor.

DER SPIEGEL: And then Carlsen suggested that you might have something to do with Niemann’s cheating.

Dlugy: I think something happened in Magnus’ head. Something very bad.

DER SPIEGEL: In public, Niemann still seems confident. What was your impression when spoke with him?

Dlugy: I spoke to him during the tournament that Carlsen had left. He said he just couldn’t sleep. He said he couldn’t concentrate during the games. I told him to focus. There’s nothing else he can do. It’s extremely hard for him.

DER SPIEGEL: How can he save his reputation?

Dlugy: I think the best way is to go to court. All the information has to be made public. A jury or a judge has to decide what to do. What Magnus did is absolutely ridiculous and very bad for chess.

DER SPIEGEL: Are you afraid for your reputation?

Dlugy: I’m not worried about my reputation. I feel comfortable in my skin. My students trust me. Many of my friends, whom I haven’t spoken to in years, have come forward and said how disgusting they find these accusations.

DER SPIEGEL: Will you file a lawsuit?

Dlugy: There will be lawsuits. If I had to bet, I would say that Hans will sue. I’ve taken advice on that, of course. I’m keeping my options open. I’m ready to fight. In my professional career, I’ve fought some battles where no one gave me a chance, and I still won them. I’m ready to call a spade a spade. I just can’t take it anymore.


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