The World Chess Federation said Igor Rausis was banned, a grandmaster who had not allowed to continue playing in the Strasbourg Open, a tournament taking place in France after he "was caught using a phone during the match." ". They said evidence of fraud Rausis was sent to the ethics committee, and the federation "was determined to stop chess fraud."
Rausis is a 58-year-old grandmaster of a Latvian native. FIDE awarded him the title of grandmaster in 1992. In FIDE's rankings, he is ranked 53th with the Elo 2686 index, and is also the oldest grandmaster in 7 consecutive years.
Emil Sutovsky, director of the World Chess Federation, wrote on Facebook that Rausis had been suspected of cheating for a long time. The Chess.com page in their article stated that a phone that was found in the restroom was used earlier by Rausis during the Strasbourg Open, and then Rausis also confirmed that the phone was your. In an interview with Chess.com, Rausis admitted: “I was simply as insane yesterday. I confirmed the use of the phone while playing in the minutes. What can I say now? It is true that after the game in the morning, I was too tired, then went to Facebook to see how many people complained. At the very least, my actions yesterday was a great lesson, not for me, because I will officially retire. ”
Before that, there was no evidence that Rausis cheated, but over the years, his Elo coefficient has increased dramatically. In just a decade Elo has increased by nearly 200 points, while before his Elo was just hovering around the 2500 mark.