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Up to date: October 14, 2020 12:47:11 am
When you run the title Igors Rausis via a search engine, chances are high the primary picture might be of the chess participant, sitting totally clothed on a rest room, consulting his cell phone whereas nonetheless lively in a world match. The notorious incident, that occurred in Strasbourg in France final yr, resulted within the Grandmaster being stripped of his title and banned from worldwide chess for a document six years.
On Saturday nevertheless, the 59-year-old resurfaced in Valka, Latvia as one of many 37 contestants at a small-scale event. The one GM current on the occasion, Arturs Neikšāns, recognised Rausis regardless of a masks on the latter’s face. Solely, it was Rausis enjoying underneath a distinct title – Isa Kasimi.
Rausis or Kasimi?
The dishonest scandal final July made international headlines because the picture of Rausis in a rest room cubicle consulting his cellphone did the rounds on-line. For breaching the laws, the worldwide chess physique FIDE banned Rausis from competing at worldwide occasions in December. He, nevertheless, determined to indicate up on the Valka event as Isa Kasimi — he even has a passport bearing that title.
GM Neikšāns realised this after the unrated Kasimi comprehensively beat his first-round opponent.
“I regarded from afar however couldn’t inform as he was avoiding everyone,” Neikšāns recited the incident to Chess24. “When the third spherical was about to start out, I made a decision to research and got here nearer. And there he was, Rausis in particular person, hiding behind a masks and moreover (carrying) a crutch. I instantly established eye contact and requested straight: ‘What are you doing right here?’”
Nonetheless, not unlawful
Whereas weird, Rausis or Kasimi’s, resolution to compete in Valka was not unlawful. He’s not allowed to compete at any worldwide occasions that can provide him ELO (rating) factors. The event in Valka. nevertheless, was a memorial for former Latvian participant Vsevolods Dudzinskis who handed away in January this yr, and provided not more than the 1000 Euro prize cash.
Talking to Chess24, FIDE normal director Emil Sutovsky mentioned: “Fide doesn’t personal chess. We will’t resolve that Rausis has no proper to play the sport, so long as the event has nothing to do with FIDE. Nevertheless, I’d count on organisers and certainly gamers to manifest their perspective in the direction of the participation of a convicted cheater within the tournaments.”
In the meantime, British GM and FIDE vice-president Nigel Quick was outraged.
“I fail to know why any chess organiser would enable the disgraced… Igors Rausis to take part of their occasion,” he mentioned to The Instances.
It’s not unlawful to alter one’s title both, however why do it? Rausis/Kasimi defined to Chess.com.
“As a result of the title Rausis is totally shamed. To start with, I really feel sorry for my complete household. Even my daughter was ashamed of this story. This rest room picture, you can not think about, it was printed in every single place, in all media, particularly right here in Latvia.”
Man of many identities
Rausis was born in Alchevsk, within the former Soviet Union and present-day Ukraine. Earlier than his chess profession, he had been coaching as a neurologist and labored as an ambulance crew member in Sevastopol, Ukraine.
He turned a GM in 1992 when he was representing Latvia. In 2000, he determined to symbolize Bangladesh and switched to the Czech Republic in 2008. As reported by the Dhaka Tribune final yr, he was additionally the Bangladesh nationwide coach until the incident in Strasbourg.
As a participant, he was the oldest within the prime 100 and had remarkably not fallen together with the development of an elder participant falling down the ranks. As an alternative, over the previous couple of years, his ELO ranking moved up from the 2500s to the 2700s, a class dubbed ‘Tremendous Grandmaster.’
Nevertheless, the sudden, speedy and surprising rise raised many flags. FIDE’s honest play fee was subsequently alerted by a statistical mannequin employed to catch laptop cheats on the potential of Rausis dishonest. Secretary of the honest play fee Yuri Garrett confirmed to The Instances that that they had been “carefully following a participant (Rausis) for months.”
Throughout the Strasbourg Open, which awarded the winner a prize of 1000 Euros, a photograph was taken of Rausis from above the cubicle, displaying him consulting with a software program program on his cellphone. Using any and all know-how, until permitted beforehand, are prohibited, particularly cell phones as there are quite a few functions that may analyse and recommend strikes.
The official rule
Article 12.three.B within the FIDE handbook states: “With out the permission of the arbiter a participant is forbidden to have a cell phone or different digital technique of communication within the enjoying venue, until they’re utterly switched off. If any such gadget produces a sound, the participant shall lose the sport. The opponent shall win.”
The handbook defines the ‘enjoying venue’ as “enjoying space, restrooms, refreshment space, space put aside for smoking and different locations as designated by the arbiter.”
Not the one one
Although Rausis stands out as the solely recognized case of a participant altering his identification to get right into a event, he isn’t the one one who has been caught illegally utilizing know-how.
Former Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze was discovered utilizing a cellphone in the bathroom on the 2015 Dubai Open. On this incident, the cellphone was allegedly hidden within the bathroom the place Nigalidze would consistently go to. This alarmed his opponent Armenian GM Tigran Petrosian, who then alerted the arbiter. A search of the bathroom confirmed a hidden cellphone which was logged into Nigalidze’s social media account. He was subsequently handed a three-year ban.
There was additionally a low ranked Italian participant, Arcangelo Ricciardi who was caught for allegedly utilizing Morse Code to win matches. At an occasion in Imperia in Northern Italy in 2015, Ricciardi, ranked 51,366 on the earth beat gamers ranked within the prime 3000, together with a French GM and Slovakian Worldwide Grasp. He was believed to have hid a digital camera in his pendant and had a field positioned underneath his armpit which might obtain the knowledge.
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