Player reportedly caught cheating on bathroom phone
Chess grandmaster Igors Rausis was reportedly caught looking at his phone during a bathroom break at a major tournament in France last weekend. The Latvian-Czech chess star has been charged with cheating and suspended as a result.
The World Chess Federation said on Friday that Rausis had been “caught red-handed using his phone during a game”.
Chess.com reported that the phone was found in a toilet that had just been used by Rausis, and according to the Daily Telegraph, a photo of him appeared looking at his phone in the bathroom. Phones are generally not allowed in chess tournaments because players can gain an unfair advantage by analyzing their movements.
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âI just lost my mind yesterday,â Rausis told Chess.com. “I 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 accusers’ Facebook activity also a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me – I already played my last game of chess. “
Rausis was a former champion of Latvia who represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic. Before the cheating scandal, Rausis became the oldest person to be ranked among the world’s top 100 players, ranking 53rd this month.
Federation Director General Emil Sutovsky wrote on Facebook that Rausis had long been suspected of cheating and that catching him was “just the first blow” in a years-long battle against cheating.
Tournament officials denied planting a camera in the bathroom and told the Washington Post the photo was submitted. The evidence against Rausis was sent to an ethics committee and it was reported to the French police.
The Associated Press contributed to this report