Chess Grandmaster Admits to Cheating With Phone in Bathroom
Igors Rausis has put his career as a grandmaster in check
A chess grandmaster’s decision to use his phone in the bathroom to cheat during a match has put his career in check.
At a major tournament in France over the weekend, Igors Rausis — who has represented Latvia, Bangladesh and the Czech Republic — was “caught red-handed using his phone during a game,” according to the International Chess Federation.
Rausis was nabbed when someone snapped a photograph of him on a toilet, fully clothed, using his phone during the competition, a breach of tournament rules.
Igors Rausis should have thought about using iPhone. pic.twitter.com/LhZMBSHUM0
— Sigurjon Gudjonsson (@sigurjon) July 15, 2019
The 58-year-old won his grandmaster title in 1992 and had surprisingly seen his ranking rise in recent years, leading some to suspect that cheating may have been a part of his success.
“I simply lost my mind yesterday,” Rausis told Chess.com. “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.”
The International Chess Federation has suspended Rausis and French police are also said to be looking into the matter.
Editor’s Note: RealClearLife, a news and lifestyle publisher, is now a part of InsideHook. Together, we’ll be covering current events, pop culture, sports, travel, health and the world. Subscribe here for our free daily newsletter.
Thanks for reading InsideHook. Sign up for our daily newsletter and be in the know.
Suggested for you