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King, queen, bishop, knight, pawn & crook; Top player caught using chess app.

Byline: LOUIE SMITH

A CRAFTY chess grandmaster has checkmated himself by sneaking off to the loo to consult a mobile phone app during a game.

Gaioz Nigalidze was kicked out of the top tournament after organisers found the phone hidden behind the pan and covered with toilet paper.

The app was analysing his game and he could face a three-year ban.

Nigalidze was caught after his opponent complained about his many trips to the loo at the Dubai Open.

Armenian grandmaster Tigran Petrosian said: "Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet.

"I noticed he'd always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren't occupied.

"I informed the chief arbiter of my growing suspicions and asked him to keep an eye on him. After he left the toilet yet another time, the arbiters entered it.

"They found the mobile phone with headphones; it was hidden and covered with toilet paper."

British former world title contender Nigel Short believes Georgian Nigalidze should now be stripped of his grandmaster title. When questioned Nigalidze had insisted: "Not everything is true in what Petrosian said."

But the Dubai Chess and Culture Club decided to expel him on Sunday morning, a day after the match.

A statement said: "When confronted, Nigalidze denied he owned the device. But officials opened the smartphone and found it was logged into a social networking site under his account.

"They found his game being analysed in one of the chess applications."

CHEATING Nigalidze, in his 20s, is not the first player to be caught cheating.

Bulgarian Borislav Ivanov was suspended for four months in July 2013 after officials found many of his moves matched a computer chess program.

Two years earlier the French chess federation suspended three players said to have used texts, a chess computer and coded signals to beat rivals. An Iranian was banned at the Dubai Open in 2008 for receiving help via text.

Computers are now powerful enough to outwit the world's top players.

Garry Kasparov became the first world chess champion to be beaten by a computer, Deep Blue, in 1997.

louie.smith@mirror.co.uk

Nigalidze would reply to my moves then literally run to the toilet TIGRAN PETROSIAN ON HIS RIVAL'S BEHAVIOUR

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