A chess Grandmaster could be slapped with a 15-year ban after being caught using an iPod touch to cheat.
Georgian champion Gaioz Nigalidze’s strategy involved rushing to the toilet between moves to consult his iOS device, which was reportedly hidden in a cubicle, behind the toilet pan and covered with paper. On it he had stored a chess app which was set up to follow his moves.
Cheating? There’s an app for that.
“I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren’t occupied,” his Armenian Grandmaster opponent Tigran Petrosian said following a match on Saturday.
This isn’t the first time world-class chess players have been caught cheating, although it is very rare. In 2013, Bulgarian player Borislav Ivanov was suspended after it was discovered that the majority of his moves in a game matched those made by a leading computer chess analysis program.
In another instance, three players — including the national team captain — were suspended by the French chess federation after it was discovered that they had used text messages, a remote chess computer, and coded signals to beat opponents.
Hey, look on the bright side: at least it shows Apple that an iPod touch upgrade is sorely needed by some!