Chess grandmaster caught using cell phone in bathroom to cheat

Monday April 13th, 2015

Chess grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze is facing a possible three-year suspension from competition after being caught cheating at the Dubai Open chess tournament.

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Nigalidze's opponent, Tigran Petrosian, became suspicious when the Georgian national champion repeatedly went to the bathroom after every turn. Petrosian alerted tournament officials to the odd behavior, according to the Daily Mail.

When officials checked the stall they discovered a cell phone registered to Nigalidze and running a chess strategy application.

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The International Chess Federation has not yet ruled on the incident, but Nigalidze was immediately removed from the tournament, although he had already advanced to the sixth round of the tournament, according to the tournament's website.

Brendan Maloy

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