Chess Grandmaster Hid Phone in Toilet to Cheat During Tournament

By Gary Cutlack on at

Grandmaster Gaioz Nigalidze, the national chess champion of Georgia, is facing a mountain of international shame right now, after being caught apparently using a mobile phone hidden in a toilet cubicle to cheat during a tournament.

Officials say they found the phone buried under heaps of toilet paper with a chess app installed, on which Nigalidze had copied the moves of his match so that he could seek advice and formulate winning strategies.

His opponent, Armenian grandmaster Tigran L Petrosian, became suspicious of the large number of toilet breaks Nigalidze was taking during the match and asked authorities to investigate, claiming "Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet."

According to a statement released by The Dubai Chess and Culture Club, they found the phone and it was "...logged into a social networking site under Nigalidze's account," with officials claiming they also found "...his game being analysed in one of the chess applications."

Nigalidze denies the accusations of toilet cheatery, but it's looking pretty grim for him and there's the threat of a 15-year ban from all officially ratified chess competitions hanging over him as a result of the phone find. [Sky]

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