Playing smartphone games are a great way to pass the time, provide education and improve children’s brain functions. However, a smartphone game also managed to get a professional sportsman in hot water last week. Now he is facing a lengthy ban from his field.
Gaioz Nigalidze is recognised as one of the best chess players in the world. At the tender age of 26, he is ranked 400th in the world and is the Georgian national chess champion. Last week, he was competing in the Dubai Open tournament with a first prize worth $12,000. He had made it through to the sixth round and was facing Tigran Petrosian.
Tigran Petrosian noticed that his opponent was taking very long bathroom breaks after almost all of his moves. He became suspicious and a search was made of the bathroom. Those searching it apparently found a smartphone hidden in the bin with an as-of-yet-unnamed chess game loaded on it. When they opening a Facebook app, Gaioz Nigalidze’s account was allegedly signed in.
A full investigation has been launched into the incident with Gaioz Nigalidze denying that he was cheating. Depending on the outcome of the claim, he could be facing a ban from all chess tournaments for as long as three years.