Cheating in chess. Where will it lead?
The player, Umakant Sharma, had logged rating points at a rapid pace in the last 18 months and also qualified for the national championship, arousing the suspicion of officials and bemusing rivals.
Mr. Sharma was finally caught at a recent tournament when officials discovered that he had stitched a Bluetooth device in a cloth cap which he always pulled over his ears.
Officials decided that it was a little odd that Sharma always wore a cloth cap when he played his games and decided to have a look at the item.
Sure enough inside the cap they found a Bluetooth headset which Sharma used to chat to his accomplices, who used a computer to relay moves to him.
He communicated to his accomplices outside the hall, who then used a computer to relay moves to him, Indian chess federation secretary D.V. Sundar said on Wednesday.
"We have banned him for 10 years," he told Reuters. "We wanted to send a clear message to such people."
Chess officials were also probing whether another player had similar advantages through such illegal means, he added.
There is a lot of money flowing around the international chess scene. Recently the Bulgarian team came back from an international match in Russia complaining that their rivals took a few too many bathroom breaks.
They discovered a computer connection in the bathroom but were prevented from making a complaint by the Russian players.
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