A chess player admitted to cheating on his phone in the toilet during a tournament

  • A star chess player was allegedly ‘caught in the act’ of cheating while using a phone in the bathroom during a tournament.
  • A phone was reportedly found in a toilet that had just been used by Grandmaster Igors Rausis, who later admitted it belonged to him.
  • A chess official released a statement online that did not mention Rausis by name, but said a player who had successfully shot was raising red flags.
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A star chess player has admitted he cheated by using a phone in the bathroom during a tournament after he was allegedly ‘caught in the act’.

The Telegraph first reported that Igors Rausis, 58, had been suspended after the International Chess Federation said it caught a player at France’s Strousberg Open Chess tournament ‘in the act of using his phone for a while. part”.

Chess.com reported the case unfolded after a phone was discovered in a restroom that had just been used by Rausis, and the champion later signed a statement admitting it belonged to him.

Rausis won the Grandmaster title in 1992 and has previously represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic.

“I just lost my mind yesterday,” Rausis told Chess.com. “I have confirmed using my phone during the game in writing. [statement]. What more could I say? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity from the accusers has a known impact as well. At least what I did yesterday is a good lesson, not for me – I’ve already played my last game of chess.”

Players can use certain apps to analyze their previous moves and are banned from most tournaments.

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Yuri Garrett, secretary of the Chess Federation’s Fair Play Commission, posted a lengthy statement on Facebook that did not mention Rausis by name, but said a player had been closely followed for months after that unusual “excellent statistical information” revealed it.

“Believe me, the guy didn’t stand a chance from the moment I learned of the incident,” Garrett wrote. “That’s how anti-cheat works in chess. It’s the team of good guys against those who try our game.”

Garrett appeared to be referring to Rausis’ strong rise in the rankings in recent years, which was captured in a tweet posted by fellow countryman Andrey Deviatkin months before the incident which shows an official ratings chart.

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