Was the chess grandmaster caught watching pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his telephone in the bathroom during the match in France
- The police investigate Igors Rausis after allegedly & # 39; in the act & # 39; was caught
- Rausis had aroused suspicion after his performances went high
- The use of telephones is prohibited in tournaments because apps can suggest moves
The world of elite chess has been swallowed up by a false scandal after a photo of a top grandmaster who was sitting on a toilet with a cell phone during a tournament.
The police investigate after Igors Rausis, who represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, was caught red-handed in France by the administrative body Fide.
Telephones are prohibited in chess tournaments due to chess software that can be used to represent winning moves.
Rausis, 58 years old, had raised suspicion by reaching the top echelon of the game at an age when most players deteriorate in strength.
The former Latvian champion was praised as an inspiration to older players when he climbed from a Fide rating of around 2500 – the level of an average grandmaster – to the edge of 2700 in six years.
Do you have a check, mate? Chess grandmaster Igors Rausis is sitting on the toilet and looking at his phone – in a photo of which chess officers say that he is cheating
Rausis also became the oldest player in the Top 100 and reached number 40 in the list of live rankings.
When he broke into the top 100 last year, he was praised as an example of how advancing age does not have to be an obstacle to chess improvement.
His jump in middle age to the level of & # 39; Super & # 39; however, grandmaster was unprecedented in a game dominated by younger stars and this led to some whisper of suspicion.
Grandmaster Danny Gormally, a former international from England, said today: & It is surprising that Rausis was not stopped before. It seems completely naive to me that people think that someone can improve so much in their 50s. & # 39;
Last week a player posted on a chess forum that said there was a & # 39; story stumbling around & # 39; how Rausis & # 39; had hacked the system & # 39 ;.
Fide officials had also heard rumors and seemed to be waiting for him at the Strasbourg Open in France.
Fide & # 39; s fair play committee secretary Yuri Garrett revealed today that officials have been closely following a player for months & # 39; after a statistical model designed to capture computer cheats informed them of the unusual performance of Rausis.
Chess players can use powerful & # 39; engine & # 39; apps on smartphones, such as the popular Chessbase app, to analyze games and find movements suggested by a computer.
Sudden improvement: Rausis (photo) had aroused suspicion in a wave of middle-aged achievements
As a result, the use of telephones is prohibited in such tournaments and even being in possession of a can lead to disqualification.
It is unclear whether Rausis used such an app, but the use of a hidden phone is in itself prohibited.
According to chess.com, Rausis later signed a statement stating that a telephone in a toilet was his.
Garrett said, "Believe me, the man didn't stand a chance from the moment I knew the incident: FPC knows how to protect chess if he gets the chance."
& # 39; The end result is finding a telephone in the toilet and also finding the owner.
& # 39; Now the incident will follow the normal procedure and a lawsuit will follow to determine what actually happened. & # 39;
FIDE Director-General Emil Sutovsky said on Facebook: & # 39; Igors Rausis was caught red-handed in a tournament in Strasbourg.
& # 39; I thank Yuri Garrett and Laurent Freyd, who were in charge of catching the long-awaited player, and also the tournament arbitrators, for carefully following all guidelines.
& # 39; Rausis has been suspended for the tournament and all material will be sent to the ethics committee. At the same time, the case will be dealt with by the French police.
& # 39; Ten days ago I wrote that I would not recommend anyone cheating. The catch of Rausis is just the beginning. FIDE has fundamentally sharpened its attitude.
& # 39; Completely eradicating cheating is impossible, but the risk of being caught has increased considerably and the penalties will be much higher.
& # 39; The war on cheating will take years and we will take a long time to come. & # 39;
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