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US NewsWas chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France

09:45  13 july  2019
09:45  13 july  2019 Source:   dailymail.co.uk

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France Police are investigating after Igors Rausis, who has represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, was caught 'red-handed' in France, the game's governing body Fide said. Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves. Rausis, aged 58, had aroused suspicion by reaching the game's top echelon at an age most players decline in strength. The former Latvian champion was hailed as an inspiration to older players as he climbed from a Fide rating of around 2500 - the level of an average grandmaster - to the verge of 2700 in six years.

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet ? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France . Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves.

The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet using a mobile phone Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves. Rausis, aged 58, had

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France © 2018 Getty Images BERLIN, GERMANY - MARCH 10: A chess board is seen before the First Move Ceremony during the World Chess Tournament on March 10, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sebastian Reuter/Getty Images for World Chess)

The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet using a mobile phone during a tournament.

Police are investigating after Igors Rausis, who has represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic, was caught 'red-handed' in France, the game's governing body Fide said.

Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves.

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The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet using a mobile phone Phones are banned at chess tournaments because of chess software that can be used to suggest winning moves. Rausis, aged 58, had

The world of elite chess has been engulfed in a cheating scandal after a picture emerged of a top grandmaster sat on a toilet allegedly using a mobile Rausis also became the oldest player in the Top 100, reaching number 40 in the live rankings list. However, his jump in middle age to the level of

Rausis, aged 58, had aroused suspicion by reaching the game's top echelon at an age most players decline in strength.

The former Latvian champion was hailed as an inspiration to older players as he climbed from a Fide rating of around 2500 - the level of an average grandmaster - to the verge of 2700 in six years.

Rausis also became the oldest player in the Top 100, reaching number 40 in the live rankings list.

When he broke into the top 100 last year he was lauded as an example of how advancing age need not be a barrier to improvement in chess.

However, his jump in middle age to the level of 'Super' grandmaster was unprecedented in a game dominated by younger stars and this led to some whispers of suspicion.

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France Igors Rausis confirmed in a written statement that he had been caught using his phone, although it is not clear how this picture was taken Grandmaster Danny Gormally, a former England international, said today: 'It is amazing Rausis wasn't stopped earlier. Seems completely naive to me that people think that someone can improve that much in their fifties.'

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Just last week, one player posted on a chess forum saying there was a 'story rumbling around' about how Rausis had been 'hacking the system'.

Officials from Fide had also heard rumours and appear to have been lying in wait for him at the Strasbourg Open in France.

Fide's fair play commission secretary Yuri Garrett revealed today that officials had been 'closely following a player for months' after a statistical model designed to catch computer cheats alerted them to Rausis' unusual performance.

Chess players can use powerful 'engine' apps on smartphones, such as the popular Chessbase app, to analyse games and find moves suggested by a computer.

As a result, the use of phones is banned at such tournaments and even being in possession of one can lead to disqualification.

It is unclear whether Rausis was using such an app, but the use of a hidden phone is banned in itself.

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The questions about being a grandmaster or a chess teacher will fall into place once you get more You might leap forward at warp speed, or you might see that chess is damned hard, and White has sacrificed a pawn , but he has a big lead in development, and his king is safely castled (a rarity, since

Every day at Chess .com we get a lot of suggestions, feedback and bug reports—and we really Pawn took piece horizontal to it. A pawn took another pawn that was on the space next the opposing A few games now I have had this issue happen where I move two squares with my pawn during the

According to chess.com, Rausis later signed a declaration saying that a phone found in a toilet cubicle was his.

When approached for comment, Rausis said: 'I am not interested - the damage is already done.

'I simply lost my mind yesterday. I confirmed the fact of using my phone during the game by written [statement].

'What could I say more? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me - I played my last game of chess already.'

Garrett said: 'Trust me, the guy didn't stand a chance from the moment I knew about the incident: FPC knows how to protect chess if given the chance.

Was chess grandmaster caught looking at pawn on the toilet? Cheating scandal after competitor is found using his phone in the bathroom during competition in France © Provided by Telegraph Media Group Limited Igors Rausis made an extremely rare rise up the rankings in middle age 'The final result is finding a phone in the toilet and also finding its owner.

'Now the incident will follow the regular procedure and a trial will follow to establish what really happened.'

FIDE Director General Emil Sutovsky said on Facebook: 'Igors Rausis has been caught red-handed at a tournament in Strasbourg.

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'I thank Yuri Garrett and Laurent Freyd, who took charge of catching the long-suspected player, and also the tournament arbiters, for carefully following all the guidelines.

'Rausis has been suspended from the tournament and all the materials will be sent to the Ethics Commission. In parallel, the matter will be dealt with by the French Police.

'Ten days ago I wrote that I wouldn't recommend that anyone cheat. The capture of Rausis is only the beginning. FIDE has fundamentally toughened its attitude.

'Completely rooting out cheating is impossible, but the risk of being caught has significantly increased, and the punishments will become much more significant.

'The war against cheating will last years, and we're in it for the long haul.'

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