Chess champion busted for cheating in bathroom

April 15, 2015 1:39 PM

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(NEWSER) – Chess has a case of "high-tech doping," the BBC reports. Georgia's national chess champion, Gaioz Nigalidze, visited the same bathroom stall enough during the Dubai Open on Saturday that his opponent, Armenian Tigran Petrosian, became suspicious. "Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet," he tells the Telegraph. Officials investigated and the BBC reports they found a phone covered in toilet paper in a trash bin. "He denied it was his, but it was logged into his Facebook page and there was a chess program running on it, showing his positions," the tournament director says. Nigalidze, ranked 400th in the world, was booted from the competition and is the first grandmaster to be referred to the World Chess Federation's (FIDE) Anti-Cheating Commission, set up last year.

At stake in the tournament is a $12,000 prize. The Georgian Chess Federation says the incident was "very bad," but it plans to hear from the 26-year-old before discussing retribution. Cheating with electronic devices "has increased in the past three or four years, so we've made special efforts to co...

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