Dubai, April 15 (IANS)
Georgian Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze was kicked out of the 17th Dubai Open chess tournament after being caught cheating.
The 26-year-old was caught using a smartphone to consult his moves during toilet breaks in Tuesday's game against American Tigran Petrosian. The American informed the tournament staff that Nigalidze would "literally run to the toilet" after each move during a crucial part of the game.
“I noticed he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied”, he added.
According to the rules laid out by the International Chess Federation (ICF), players aren’t allowed to carry any electronic devices during games. Upon investigation, the authorities found a smart phone and headset hidden behind the pan and covered in toilet paper.
The past achievements of Nigalidze are also under scrutiny at the moment. Fellow grandmasters have asked for a ban of upto 15 years on the Gerogian.
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Nigalidze was the winner of the 2013 and 2014 Georgian Championships.