Skip to main content

Cheater! World-class chess player repeatedly ran to the toilet to cheat during game

Dubai bans Chess Champion
Dubai Open
In what turned out to be possibly the worst move of his life, chess grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze has been caught apparently using a smartphone to analyze his moves during a game at an international tournament in Dubai Nigalidze, Georgia’s reigning national champion, was up against Armenian Tigran Petrosian at this month’s Dubai Open, the BBC reports.

Suspicions were aroused when those watching the crucial sixth-round encounter noticed how Nigalidze would scuttle off to the bathroom after each move during a particularly critical stage of the game. What’s more, the 26-year-old would always enter the same cubicle, despite several others also being available.

Related Videos

Petrosian, too, noticed all was not well. “Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet,” he told Chess News. “Twice, I made my moves promptly so that he couldn’t leave, and he made mistakes on those occasions.”

Dubai bans Chess Champion

Dubai Open

Cubicle inspection

With the game continuing, officials decided to check out the cubicle to see if they could discover whether Nigalidze’s frequent bathroom trips were more than simply a case of extreme nerves. Perhaps not entirely to their surprise, they found a smartphone covered with paper on the floor behind the toilet, but when the officials confronted Nigalidze during the game, the chess champion denied the phone was his.

However, when they turned it on, it didn’t take long to find a program analyzing Nigalidze’s game against Petrosian, with all the pieces in their corresponding positions. And if that wasn’t enough, the officials also saw that the phone was logged into Nigalidze’s Facebook account.

As a result of his action, Nigalidze has been kicked out of the tournament and could face a three-year ban if the complaint against him is upheld by the International Chess Federation (FIDE).

High-tech cheats

With computing devices becoming ever smaller and easier to hide, FIDE officials told the BBC they’re having to work harder at sniffing out cheats. As part of its efforts, the federation is using metal detectors and cell phone blockers, as well as carrying out random checks on players to confirm they’re not carrying any gadgets that might give them an unfair advantage.

While cheating among the top players is thought to be rare, those further down the ranks have been caught in the past, including an Iranian player at the Dubai Open in 2008 who was banned after he was found taking tips via text message.

Editors' Recommendations

If Apple does these 5 things, the Apple Watch Ultra 2 will be amazing
The Apple Watch Ultra's side and Digital Crown,

Apple has a seriously difficult job when it comes time to replace the Apple Watch Ultra. It went in a new direction with it at launch, emphasizing its outdoor adventure credentials, and backing it up with the right features and materials. While not for everyone due to the size and the price, it’s a superb smartwatch that truly earned its 5/5 score in our review — and it has continued to impress ever since.

How can Apple improve on the first version when it comes time to introduce the inevitable Apple Watch Ultra 2? Here are a few things we hope to see.
Don’t make it bigger

Read more
Wearing a fitness tracker could help you detect COVID faster
Oura Ring generation 3.

Have you ever wondered if the data recorded by a wearable gives you insight into how your body is really performing? Research from Oura, created by data taken from the Oura Ring smart ring, shows wearables really can better inform you of your health, and even warn of oncoming infections.

For its research, the team concentrated on its wearers who had a confirmed COVID-19 infection, and also tracked the body’s response to the COVID-19 vaccine. The results are interesting, as they show that — despite not being medical devices — wearables like the Oura Ring and the data presented can help us understand our body’s response to an oncoming illness.

Read more
My iPhone 14 Pro is amazing, but there’s one thing driving me crazy
A black iPhone 14 Pro lying on a table.

About a month ago, I made a big change with my iPhone. After using the behemoth iPhone 14 Pro Max since it launched in October, I stuffed it in my office drawer and switched to the much smaller and more manageable iPhone 14 Pro. Why, you might ask? I already wrote a separate article talking all about it, but it really boiled down to one big issue with the iPhone 14 Pro Max. More specifically, it was too damn big.

After being fed up with its size and weight, I replaced it with the regular iPhone 14 Pro — and it's a change I've been thrilled with. I'm now carrying an iPhone that's possible to use one-handed, slips into a pocket or bag with ease, and doesn't weigh me down throughout the day. But as much as I appreciate the more compact size, going to the smaller iPhone has come with a nagging consequence that's introduced a new annoyance into my day. And it's driving me crazy.
Where's the battery?

Read more