Chess Grandmaster Caught Using His Phone While On The Toilet During A Tournament

Chess Grandmaster Caught Using His Phone While On The Toilet During A Tournament


Chess Grandmaster Caught Using His Phone While On The Toilet During A Tournament Rausis told : 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悠 played my last game of chess already. Its not clear whether hes specifically looking at a chess app, but its likely that the grandmaster will face a harsh penalty nonetheless given the attitude that FIDE has towards phones during tournaments. Even being caught in possession of one during competition can lead to disqualification. This suspension does add a wrinkle to Rausiss unprecedented career, and opens the floodgates for even more reasonable doubt to spill in. The Latvian Czech grandmaster advanced to become a super grandmaster in the span of six years, which is a really quick turnaround for such a feat. The challenge of raising ones FIDE rating from 2500 regular grandmaster to 2700 super grandmaster in that timespan requires near perfect play against every opponent. Even more incredible is the fact that he reached this level in his 50s, which immediately caused some to question the sudden jump in success, particularly when he broke into the Top 100 and was the oldest player on that list. Its amazing Rausis wasnt stopped earlier. Seems naive that people think someone can improve that much in their fifties, grandmaster and ex England player Danny Gormally. Had Rausis not been caught today, there appears to be evidence that he might have been stopped sooner rather than later, as FIDEs Fair Play Commission Secretary Yuri Garrett outlines in his own Facebook post that the commission had been closely following Rausis for a while. Though he doesnt mention Rausis by name, its obvious that that is who he is referring to in the post. Strangely enough, this isnt even the first time cheating of this nature has happened葉hough the career implications were certainly not the same. In 2015, a Georgian grandmaster was and stripped of his grandmaster status when he too was caught cheating with a phone app on the toilet during a tournament. h/t Tim

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