Sometimes the best ideas come from the bathroom. But Gaioz Nigalidze’s ideas from the loo were a little too good.
The Georgian chess grandmaster has been banned from the Dubai Open Chess Tournament after officials discovered he was darting to the toilet to consult his smartphone, which was logged onto a chess analysis app, the Dubai Chess and Culture Club said.
Nigalidze’s opponent, Tigran Petrosian of Armenia, grew suspicious when Nigalidze kept bolting to the restroom.
“The Armenian noticed the Georgian was oddly frequenting the toilet after each move during a crucial part of the game,” the Dubai Chess and Culture Club said.
When officials first checked Nigalidze, they didn’t find any device on him, the club said. But after looking into the bathroom stall he visited, they found the smartphone hidden in toilet paper.
At first, Nigalidze claimed the smartphone wasn’t his, the Dubai chess organization…
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