Gaioz Nigalidze, Twice Georgian Champion, Caught Cheating

Sunday, 12.04.2015 03:15

He has been forfeited in the Dubai Open

A strong open tournament is taking place in Dubai, UAE these days. The field includes 22 players over 2600, while the top-rated participants are David Howell (2687), Vladimir Fedoseev (2674), Igor Kovalenko (2665), Tigran Petrosian (2660)...

The latter, an Armenian Grandmaster whose first and last name are same as those of the 9th World Champion, has become one of the two main heroes of the latest playing day. Petrosian was White against Georgian GM Gaioz Nigalidze (2566).

It's Tigran Petrosian himself who told our website what had happened:

"I was suspicious about my opponent already after the tournament in Al Ain in December, where we both had been taking part. Nigalidze won that tournament; during our game he would go to the toilet very often, as well as this time. However, in Al Ain I had no evidence, I could only make guesses. Today, my suspicions have been confirmed...

In our today's game, Nigalidze would promptly reply to my moves and then literally run to the toilet. Twice, I made my moves promptly as well, so that he couldn't leave, and he made mistakes on those occasions. Then I decided to keep an eye on him. I noticed that he would always visit the same toilet partition, which was strange, since two other partitions weren't occupied.

I informed the chief arbiter about my growing suspicions and asked him to keep an eye on Gaioz. After some time, the arbiter approached me and said that he had checked my opponent and found nothing. I asked him to check Nigalidze again, because I was already sure that something was wrong.

After my opponent left the very toilet partition yet another time, the arbiters entered it. What they found was the mobile phone with headphones; the device was hidden behind the pan and covered with toilet paper.

We both were sitting at the board, when the chief arbiter came up to Nigalidze and showed him the mobile phone, asking: "Is this yours?" Nigalidze blushed, got confused and couldn't say anything.

The arbiter forfeited him in the game. I went outdoors, and Gaioz approached me. I thought he was going to apologize, but he only asked me what was going to happen to him as a result."

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Gaioz Nigalidze was spoken of even before he became a Grandmaster. He sensationally won the Georgian Championship twice in a row, in 2013 and 2014, while both the times he was only # 9 in the starting rank list.

We have asked Gaioz to comment on the situation. His comment was brief: "Not everything is true in what Petrosian said".

UPD. Some additional facts have been published on the official website of the Dubai Open:

"When confronted, Nigalidze denied he owned the device, but officials opened the smart device and found it was logged into a social networking site under Nigalidze’s account. They also found his game being analyzed in one of the chess applications".

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All the games played by Nigalidze in the Dubai Open can be replayed below. Before the game vs Tigran Petrosian, he had 4 points out of 5 and was among the nearest pursuers of the leaders. However, his name is already absent in the next round pairings.

[Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.06"] [Round "1.28"] [White "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Black "Al Yaghshi, M. Hisham"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2566"] [BlackElo "2046"] [ECO "A70"] [Opening "Benoni"] [Variation "classical with e4 and Nf3"] [WhiteFideId "13603078"] [BlackFideId "7604610"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 c5 3. d5 e6 4. Nc3 exd5 5. cxd5 d6 6. e4 g6 7. Nf3 a6 8. a4 Bg4 9. h3 Bxf3 10. Qxf3 Bg7 11. Be2 O-O 12. O-O Re8 13. Bf4 Nh5 14. Bd2 Nd7 15. g4 Bxc3 16. Qxc3 Nhf6 17. f3 Nxd5 18. Qd3 Re5 19. f4 c4 20. Qd4 Re8 21. Qxd5 Qb6+ 22. Kg2 Nf6 23. Qa5 Qxb2 24. Bxc4 Nxe4 25. Ra2 Qg7 26. Bc1 Rac8 27. Bb2 Qh6 28. Qd5 Rxc4 29. Qxc4 Qh4 30. Ra3 Nd2 31. Re3 Qd8 32. Qd4 1-0 [Event "17th Dubai Chess Open"] [Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.07"] [Round "2.25"] [White "Kathmale, Sameer"] [Black "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Result "0-1"] [WhiteTitle "IM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2322"] [BlackElo "2566"] [ECO "B22"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Alapin's variation (2.c3)"] [WhiteFideId "5024498"] [BlackFideId "13603078"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. e4 c5 2. c3 d5 3. exd5 Qxd5 4. d4 Nf6 5. Nf3 Bg4 6. Nbd2 e6 7. Bc4 Qd8 8. Qb3 Qc7 9. Ne5 Nc6 10. Nxg4 Nxg4 11. Nf3 cxd4 12. O-O O-O-O 13. h3 Nge5 14. Nxe5 Nxe5 15. Bxe6+ fxe6 16. Qxe6+ Kb8 17. Bg5 Rc8 18. cxd4 Nc6 19. Rfd1 Bd6 20. Rac1 Rce8 21. Qb3 Qa5 22. Be3 Ne7 23. d5 Nf5 24. Bd2 Qb6 25. Qd3 Rhf8 26. Re1 Rxe1+ 27. Rxe1 Qxb2 28. Bc3 Qa3 29. Rb1 Rc8 30. Qxf5 Qxc3 0-1 [Event "17th Dubai Chess Open"] [Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.08"] [Round "3.14"] [White "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Black "Maisuradze, Nino"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "WGM"] [WhiteElo "2566"] [BlackElo "2302"] [ECO "A37"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, Botvinnik system reversed"] [WhiteFideId "13603078"] [BlackFideId "13601717"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. c4 Nc6 3. Nc3 e5 4. g3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. d3 Nge7 7. Nd2 d6 8. Nf1 Be6 9. Ne3 Qd7 10. Ned5 O-O 11. h3 Rab8 12. g4 f5 13. g5 b5 14. Nxb5 Bxd5 15. cxd5 Rxb5 16. dxc6 Qc7 17. Qc2 Rb4 18. Bd2 Rh4 19. Qb3+ Kh8 20. Qb7 Rc8 21. b4 cxb4 22. Bxb4 e4 23. Rc1 Qxb7 24. cxb7 Rxc1+ 25. Kd2 e3+ 26. fxe3 Rc8 27. bxc8=R+ Nxc8 28. Rc1 1-0 [Event "17th Dubai Chess Open"] [Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.09"] [Round "4.5"] [White "Grandelius, Nils"] [Black "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [BlackTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2603"] [BlackElo "2566"] [ECO "B90"] [Opening "Sicilian"] [Variation "Najdorf, Lipnitzky attack"] [WhiteFideId "1710400"] [BlackFideId "13603078"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Bc4 e6 7. Bb3 Qc7 8. O-O Be7 9. Qf3 Nc6 10. Be3 O-O 11. Qg3 b5 12. Nxc6 Qxc6 13. Bh6 Nh5 14. Qg4 b4 15. Ne2 Bf6 16. c3 Bb7 17. Rae1 Kh8 18. Nd4 Qc8 19. Be3 g6 20. cxb4 e5 21. Nf5 gxf5 22. Qxh5 Bxe4 23. f3 Bd3 24. Bh6 Rg8 25. Rf2 f4 26. Qxf7 Qf5 27. Rd1 Bb5 28. Bc2 1-0 [Event "17th Dubai Chess Open"] [Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.11"] [Round "5.16"] [White "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Black "Deshpande, Aniruddha"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteTitle "GM"] [WhiteElo "2566"] [BlackElo "2232"] [ECO "D15"] [Opening "QGD Slav"] [Variation "4.Nc3"] [WhiteFideId "13603078"] [BlackFideId "5021774"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. d4 d5 2. c4 c6 3. Nc3 Nf6 4. Nf3 a6 5. e3 Bf5 6. Be2 h6 7. Qb3 Ra7 8. cxd5 cxd5 9. Ne5 e6 10. Bd2 Bd6 11. Qa4+ Nc6 12. Nxc6 bxc6 13. Qxc6+ Ke7 14. Bxa6 Qa5 15. Be2 Rb8 16. Nb5 Bb4 17. O-O Rab7 18. Bxb4+ Qxb4 19. a3 Qa5 20. Qd6+ Ke8 21. Rac1 Nd7 22. b4 Qa4 23. Nc7+ Kd8 24. Na6 1-0 [Event "17th Dubai Chess Open"] [Site "Dubai UAE"] [Date "2015.04.11"] [Round "6.9"] [White "Petrosian, Tigran L."] [Black "Nigalidze, Gaioz"] [Result "1-0"] [WhiteElo "2660"] [BlackElo "2566"] [ECO "A37"] [Opening "English"] [Variation "symmetrical, Botvinnik system reversed"] [EventDate "2015.04.06"] 1. Nf3 c5 2. g3 Nc6 3. c4 e5 4. Nc3 g6 5. Bg2 Bg7 6. a3 a5 7. O-O d6 8. Ne1 Be6 9. d3 Nge7 10. Nc2 Qd7 11. Ne3 Bh3 12. Ned5 Bxg2 13. Kxg2 Nxd5 14. cxd5 Nd4 15. a4 Nf5 16. Nb5 h5 17. h3 O-O 18. Na3 Qe7 19. Nc4 e4 20. Ra2 h4 21. b3 hxg3 22. fxg3 Rad8 23. Rf4 1-0 

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