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Chess Grandmaster Busted Cheating in the Bathroom

Igors Rausis says he 'lost my mind'
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2019 6:41 AM CDT

(Newser) – One could be forgiven for never having heard of Igors Rausis—probably until the 58-year-old chess grandmaster got himself busted cheating in a tournament with his smartphone in a toilet stall. As the Guardian reports, the International Chess Federation says it caught the Latvian-Czech player "red-handed using his phone during a game" on Friday, and has since suspended him. The ICF says that Rausis was long suspected to be a cheat—his ranking has miraculously shot up in recent years—and that the bust is "merely the first shot" in its fight against cheating.

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For his part, Rausis admits the fraud, telling Chess.com that "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?" And he appears to be done: "At least what I committed yesterday is a good lesson, not for me—I played my last game of chess already." The AP notes that that might not be the end of the story: The ICF has reported Rausis to French police. (Read more chess stories.)

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