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Igors Rausis
Number of games in database: 299
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2651 (2419 rapid, 2527 blitz)

Overall record: +95 -52 =117 (58.1%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 35 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (21) 
    B22 B30 B25 B48 B36
 Queen's Pawn Game (14) 
    A45 A46 D02 A40
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C69 C67 C64 C85
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (10) 
    C69 C85
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
 King's Indian (8) 
    E63 E76 E64 E97
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (24) 
    D02 A40 D00 A45 E00
 Caro-Kann (16) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10
 Slav (14) 
    D10 D11 D16 D12 D17
 Sicilian (14) 
    B32 B27 B30 B62 B31
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C67 C69 C92 C77
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    D20 D21 D27 D26
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   C G Ward vs I Rausis, 1992 0-1
   K Bruederle vs I Rausis, 1990 0-1
   I Rausis vs S Buecker, 1990 1/2-1/2
   G Kotenko vs I Rausis, 1988 0-1
   H Sorensen vs I Rausis, 1989 0-1
   Adams vs I Rausis, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Galdunts vs I Rausis, 2001 0-1
   I Rausis vs T Matsegora, 2008 1-0
   Bacrot vs I Rausis, 1997 0-1
   I Rausis vs Miles, 1996 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)
   European Union Championship (2008)

   🏆 European Rapid Championship
   I Rausis vs Arsens Batashevs (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid
   A G Aleksandrov vs I Rausis (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid
   I Berzina vs I Rausis (Dec-17-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid
   I Rausis vs P Mulet (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid
   M Mazurkiewicz vs I Rausis (Dec-17-17) 1/2-1/2, rapid

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(born Apr-07-1961, 58 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Czech Republic)

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Grandmaster and FIDE Trainer Rausis plays for the Czech Chess Federation. He was Latvian Champion in 1995. In his fifties, he experienced an increase of over 200 points in his rating, putting him among the top 100 players in the world and taking his rating to almost 2700. In July 2019, he was accused of cheating by using a mobile phone in the bathroom during a game.

Wikipedia article: Igors Rausis

Last updated: 2019-07-14 11:09:07

 page 1 of 12; games 1-25 of 299  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Shabalov vs I Rausis  1-0341986RigaA04 Reti Opening
2. I Rausis vs Shirov 0-1251986LAT-chB02 Alekhine's Defense
3. G Kotenko vs I Rausis 0-1361988W-ch GT247 corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
4. W Kruszynski vs I Rausis  0-1431989Lyngby opB30 Sicilian
5. I Rausis vs J P Boudre  1-0401989Lyngby opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. I Rausis vs F Seyl  ½-½221989Bad Mergentheim opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
7. I Rausis vs Khalifman  ½-½541989Bad MergentheimC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
8. Shabalov vs I Rausis  0-1321989RigaB32 Sicilian
9. M Pavlovic vs I Rausis  0-1291989Peer GyntB30 Sicilian
10. I Rausis vs Van Wely  1-0401989LyngbyB07 Pirc
11. H Sorensen vs I Rausis  0-1221989Gausdal IntD02 Queen's Pawn Game
12. Gipslis vs I Rausis  ½-½171990DaugavpilsC48 Four Knights
13. I Rausis vs Ivkov  0-1691990CannesA40 Queen's Pawn Game
14. J Lapinski vs I Rausis  0-1291990DaugavpilsC55 Two Knights Defense
15. I Rausis vs K Spraggett  ½-½351990CannesA46 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Shirov vs I Rausis  ½-½251990DaugavpilsE20 Nimzo-Indian
17. M Kaabi vs I Rausis  0-1571990CannesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. Piesina vs I Rausis 0-1291990DaugavpilsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
19. K Bruederle vs I Rausis  0-1241990ICCF-Cup6/7 sf14 corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
20. C U Neidhardt vs I Rausis  1-0451990BordeauxD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. Suetin vs I Rausis  1-0441990Dortmund-CB32 Sicilian
22. I Rausis vs S Buecker  ½-½641990It (c)B02 Alekhine's Defense
23. I Rausis vs Bagirov  ½-½601990DaugavpilsA45 Queen's Pawn Game
24. I Rausis vs Smagin 0-1531991Nimes opA45 Queen's Pawn Game
25. Vaganian vs I Rausis  1-0421991GER-CupT 9091 ;TD 9101A07 King's Indian Attack
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Jul-14-19  csmath: <Most likely, Rausis was playing in the lower-rated events because they had less security than the top events.>

Exactly! I bet this guy has been cheating in various ways for a long time and has been on the radar by some accordingly. This time he let it slip.

Jul-15-19  Bobsterman3000: Rausis was simply playing advanced chess without telling anyone.
Jul-15-19  macer75: Man... it's a real shame he didn't get caught a few games later. Think about it... 2700 is generally considered some sort of magical marker these days of "super-GM" status. So if he had won a few more games, broke 2700, and THEN got caught cheating... man, it would have been a RIOT! Alas, he only made it into the 2680s, and the story is a lot less exciting than it otherwise could have been. What a missed opportunity.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

A good article about the whole affair here:

Along with other instances including this game D Howell vs S Feller, 2010 which resulted in David Howell being dropped from the team for losing this game. He thinks the lad should have had a lifetime ban instead of a few years. Feller served his ban and is back playing R Rabiega vs S Feller, 2017.


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  MissScarlett: Lawson's article doesn't mention Rausis's exploitation of the 400-point rule was integral to his modus operandi, because he would surely have been rumbled earlier playing the regular circuit. It would be interesting to know how often he used computer assistance; one would think he'd steamroller nearly all the much weaker players without help, but, if you have a crutch, you probably come to rely on it. Cheating is pretty addictive - ehhh, I guess.
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  Sally Simpson: ***

Hi Miss Scarlett,

These people have been caught by either being stupid (leaving the evidence on their mobile) or standing out like a sore thumb.

If one of the top 20 resorted to this skulduggery no one would suspect.

I have no doubt that none of them do but with the money involved I would not be too surprised if any of them did.

Very disappointed but not surprised.

We were talking about it at a congress yesterday. One lad said if he cheated he would make sure not to attract too much attention to himself and sandbag. (I wonder how many, or if any, are doing that on the lower boards.)

But a few agreed with you, it may become additive, especially if you suddenly had an awkward position v a 1700 player where even a draw would undo 6 months work.


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  Diocletian: What is the best foolproof way to cheat without leaving the table?
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  MissScarlett: Not telling you for a start.
Jul-15-19  csmath: <What is the best foolproof way to cheat without leaving the table?>

Have assistant in the audience using body language messages in crucial moments. Like in Feller's case.

If FIDE is serious about punishing cheaters like Feller and Nigalidze then it will start issuing lifetime bans. There is no other way around.

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  Gypsy: <... If one of the top 20 resorted to this skulduggery no one would suspect. ...>

At the time of discovery, Rausis was ranked 41st in the World in classical chess, with ELO already over 2694. He was ranked 2nd among residents of Czech Republic, yet, the suspicion against him was such that he was consistently dis-invited from representing that Country.

Rausis, Igors: GM, 2686 (6.9) [in classical time controls], 2421 [in rapid], 2527 [in blitz]

Jul-15-19  john barleycorn: Well, remember Lance Armstrong? Top cyclist ... best in the world ... how long did it take to discover his secrets? Top20 chess players not cheating? Well, anyone here to give his right arm for that?
Jul-15-19  Everyone: <john barleycorn> Well, I think at least <Everyone> would bet <your> right arm on it.
Jul-15-19  john barleycorn: because everyone knows it is easier to sacrifice other players pawns.
Jul-15-19  csmath: Actually in Lance Armstrong case it was an open secret, many were ringing alarm bell but it was all discarded due to his success. Only when federal investigation (USADA) started after Floyd Landis implicated Armstrong the things finally started rolling.

Lance Armstrong was draping himself in American flag so it was hard to believe to his accusers even though there were many. At some point it seemed that doping in cycling just has to be taken as a fact.

This is the most shameful episode of American sport. The one that never made to a public uproar would be the case against Carl Lewis, another national hero made by drugs.

Jul-15-19  john barleycorn: Yeah, remember Ben Johnson? but then some people have the nerve and the infrastructure to hide their wrong doings for a long time. Why not in chess? Maybe more subtle to do so but on what basis can we exclude it? Like "there was no cheating because nobody went to the bathroom"? There is no way to prevent when there is a will to do.
Jul-15-19  breakbad: The photo is also quite troubling.
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  Gypsy: <Well, remember Lance Armstrong?> Yes; and Jan Ulrich, and Marco Pantani, and ... they all doped. Pantani payed for it with his life.

<Lance Armstrong case it was an open secret>

It all became quite clear that year when Tour announced it would test all. That year, suddenly, the whole field slowed down and struggled up the hills like in the old days. (Armstrong won once more: they were all slower)

Jul-16-19  fabelhaft: What I have been reading lately on this case, is that it was some of the players that decided to try to snap that photo of Rausis, but that there had been no action of any sort from organisers or FIDE with regards to trying to catch Rausis. All was supposedly because the players wanted to stop him. And as soon as this worked out, FIDE came with all these proclamations that suggested this had been part of their work to stop cheating.
Jul-16-19  fabelhaft: <Players who participated in the tournament have indeed managed to prove that Igors Rausis consulted his phone while he was in the toilets of the Joséphine pavilion. For this, a photo was taken with a smartphone. This is not without posing two problems ... First, it is a violation of the character of a person's privacy, even if it is cheating. two, cell phones players and spectators are supposed to be extinct during a chess tournament

The facts occurred on Thursday, July 11th. Daniel Roos and the referee were immediately notified: "We have been given convincing evidence". They then contacted FIDE, which gave them some steps to follow. "He told us that we had caught" a big fish ", that we had to pick up the phone, not to touch it, to call the police ..."

Within the tournament, we quickly realized that the International Federation was looking for to "make an example" of this case. And to make the most of it ... Did not the FIDE director general write on social media that the Rausis "affair" was a "first" blow in the fight against chess cheating??

In fact, the police have not been notified. Not sure that the police moved on July 14 for a suspicion of cheating in a chess tournament ... Igors Rausis confessed. He filled out and signed a statement where he acknowledged the facts. He explained that he "lost his mind". He said he was "tired" and played his last game of chess. "He's an extremely courteous person," says Daniel Roos. He apologized. It seemed sadder to see us collapsed than sad for himself. Daniel Roos regrets that the player "harmed" several people, while nuancing: "He did not kill anyone">

Jul-16-19  fabelhaft: Rausis could easily have done a Bindrich, who was caught with a phone in the same way as Rausis, but just denied everything and threatened to sue everyone, not allowing anyone to check his phone, and in the end being totally aquitted after being banned just over a month. The last I read about it Bindrich had sued his federation and hoped to get €68 000 from them but apparently this failed. But he has at least been playing happily ever since, for example in the latest World Blitz and Rapid Championships.
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  Honza Cervenka: <MrMelad: I hope his GM title gets stripped>

Why it should be stripped of him? Rausis earned the title back in 1992, when even I could give any computer a piece odds and win the game without much troubles. He was a champion of Latvia in 1995, and up to the year 2015 he played quite consistently on the level around 2500. What became quite suspicious, it was his sudden gradual improvment in classical chess after 2015 in age 54.

Jul-16-19  DrGridlock: From the FIDE handbook:

FIDE Title Regulations effective from 1 July 2017 As approved by the 1982 General Assembly and amended by the General Assemblies of 1984 through 2016, effective from 1 July 2017.

The titles are valid for life from the date confirmed.

Use of a FIDE title or rating to subvert the ethical principles of the title or rating system may subject a person to revocation of his title upon recommendation by the Qualification and Ethics Commissions and final action by the General Assembly.

A title is officially valid from the date all the requirements are met. In order for a title to be confirmed where it is based on an application, it must be published on the FIDE website and in other relevant FIDE documents for at least 60 days. For registered automatic titles see below, 0.5.

The title can be used for results of opponents only in tournaments starting after the confirmation. (exception: see 1.15).

In terms of, for example, the age of achieving a title, the title is considered to be achieved when the last result is achieved, and the rating requirement is fulfilled, whichever date is later.

0.45 In case it is found after a title has been awarded that the player was in breach of the Anti-Cheating Regulations in one or more of the tournaments on which the title application was based, then the title may be removed by the Qualification Commission. The federation of this player may appeal this decision to FIDE Presidential Board within 30 days after they had been informed in writing.

Jul-16-19  john barleycorn: <Gypsy: ... (Armstrong won once more: they were all slower)>

there is no other way to win the "tour de pharma"

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  Gypsy: <there is no other way to win the "tour de pharma">

One sports MD explained the effect of EPO (or of classical blood doping) thus: Give me a clean skier -- this lecture was in the context of nordic skiing -- that regularly finishes 60+. And, with EPO, I will put him on the podium.

Sep-23-19  I Like Fish:

i want to play...
like gm igors rausis...

but i dont like...
doing analysis...
in bathrooms...

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