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Igors Rausis
Number of games in database: 356
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2685 (2421 rapid, 2527 blitz)

Overall record: +111 -58 =151 (58.3%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games in the database. 36 exhibition games, blitz/rapid, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 Sicilian (28) 
    B22 B30 B25 B36 B52
 Queen's Pawn Game (18) 
    A46 D02 A45 A40 E00
 Ruy Lopez (15) 
    C69 C67 C68 C64 C85
 Ruy Lopez Exchange (12) 
    C69 C68 C85
 King's Indian (10) 
    E76 E63 E64 E97
 Reti System (8) 
    A04 A05 A06
With the Black pieces:
 Queen's Pawn Game (26) 
    D02 A40 D00 A45 E00
 Caro-Kann (18) 
    B18 B12 B13 B10
 Ruy Lopez (18) 
    C67 C78 C69 C92 C65
 Slav (17) 
    D10 D11 D17 D16 D14
 Sicilian (17) 
    B32 B27 B30 B65 B22
 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
   H Sorensen vs I Rausis, 1989 0-1
   G Kotenko vs I Rausis, 1988 0-1
   I Rausis vs S Buecker, 1990 1/2-1/2
   I Rausis vs Van Wely, 1992 1-0
   I Rausis vs L W Pedersen, 2017 1-0
   Adams vs I Rausis, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Nunn vs I Rausis, 1997 1/2-1/2
   I Rausis vs Miles, 1996 1/2-1/2

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Reykjavik Open (1998)
   Enghien-les-Bains 3rd (1999)
   Andorra Open (2001)
   Yerevan Olympiad (1996)
   Elista Olympiad (1998)
   Cappelle La Grande (2003)
   European Union Championship (2008)
   Riga Technical University Open (2014)

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

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(born Apr-07-1961, 61 years old) Latvia (federation/nationality Czech Republic)

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Ex-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. He subsequently pled guilty and in December 2019, FIDE revoked his GM title and banned him from OTB play or other involvement in official competition for six years until July 2025.

Wikipedia article: Igors Rausis

Last updated: 2019-12-06 12:27:03

 page 1 of 17; games 1-25 of 417  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. M Pavlovic vs I Rausis  0-1291989Peer GyntB30 Sicilian
5. Shabalov vs I Rausis  0-1321989RigaB32 Sicilian
6. I Rausis vs T Ernst  1-0481989Gausdal IntC68 Ruy Lopez, Exchange
7. T Ernst vs I Rausis  1-0361989Peer GyntB07 Pirc
8. W Kruszynski vs I Rausis  0-1431989Lyngby opB30 Sicilian
9. I Rausis vs J P Boudre  1-0401989Lyngby opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
10. I Farago vs I Rausis  0-1501989Peer GyntD02 Queen's Pawn Game
11. I Rausis vs Khalifman  ½-½541989Bad MergentheimC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
12. J Adamski vs I Rausis  ½-½351989Lyngby opA09 Reti Opening
13. J Kristiansen vs I Rausis  1-0181989Lyngby opA21 English
14. I Rausis vs Van Wely  1-0401989Lyngby opB07 Pirc
15. I Rausis vs F Seyl  ½-½221989Bad Mergentheim opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
16. V Meijers vs I Rausis  ½-½2001989LAT-chC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
17. H Sorensen vs I Rausis  0-1221989Gausdal IntD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Rausis vs Ivkov  0-1691990Cannes opA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. Suetin vs I Rausis  1-0441990Dortmund-CB32 Sicilian
20. M Kaabi vs I Rausis  0-1571990CannesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
21. I Rausis vs K Spraggett  ½-½351990CannesA46 Queen's Pawn Game
22. C U Neidhardt vs I Rausis  1-0451990BordeauxD02 Queen's Pawn Game
23. I Rausis vs S Buecker  ½-½641990It (c)B02 Alekhine's Defense
24. K Bruederle vs I Rausis  0-1241990ICCF-Cup6/7 sf14 corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
25. G Piesina vs I Rausis 0-1291990DaugavpilsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
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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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  maturner: Seems likely he was cheating because of the big difference between bis classical rating and his blitz and rapid rating.
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  MissScarlett: <Mr Rausis confessed to cheating on four different occasions, in three instances by using his mobile phone and in the other instance by pre-arranging the result of a game, and was found guilty as such on the basis of his own version. Taking into account Mr Rausis’ acknowledgment of guilt, his co-operation at the hearing and remorse displayed, as well as his personal circumstances, but keeping in mind the precedent established by the ETH’s decision in case no. 7/2015, the ETH unanimously decided to sanction Mr. Igor Rausis with a worldwide ban of 6 (six) years to take effect from 31 July 2019 and to end on 30 July 2025. During this period Mr. Rausis is prohibited from participating as a player in any FIDE rated over-the-board chess competition (whether classical, rapid, blitz or Fischer-random chess), and from any chess-related activity as an arbiter, organizer or representative of a chess federation. In addition, Mr. Rausis’ grandmaster title is revoked effective from the date of publishing this decision.>

Dec-06-19  Keyser Soze: Just read this now on local paper. Sad.
Dec-06-19  Carrots and Pizza: He shouldn’t be stripped of his GM title. He earned it a long time ago.
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  MissScarlett: <back in 1992, when even I could give any computer a piece odds and win the game without much troubles.>

1982, maybe.

<He shouldn’t be stripped of his GM title.>

Is Rausis the first to have a FIDE title rescinded for cheating? No doubt FIDE would resist suggestions that they revoke titles for non-chess related crimes or misdemeanours.

Dec-07-19  jith1207: He's clearly a Russian Spy, doing his part time job in between games.


Rausis is an Anagram for Russia. ;)

I hope the other job continues to provide the major share of financial support for him.

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  MissScarlett: <Is Rausis the first to have a FIDE title rescinded for cheating?>

See Gaioz Nigalidze

Dec-07-19  jith1207: I'm sure the FIDE has a separate folder archive of photos of various chess players attending to their nature calls in bathroom stalls during tournament games.

If you're one of those guys who like to pee in the stall, while having your head tilted towards the ceiling with closed eyes, your photos might've even captured funnier facial expressions.

Not to worry, FIDE must only do so if your rating has increased abnormally. Hopefully.

Dec-07-19  Caissanist: Sadly, this is going to kill classical tournament chess. Virtually the only open tournaments 20 years from now will be rapid and blitz where you are not allowed to leave the board.
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  OhioChessFan: Truly pathetic:

<Banned For Cheating, Igors Rausis Enters Tournament Under Different Name>

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  MissScarlett: Tigran Petrosian?
Oct-13-20  Nosnibor: Apparently he used his wife`s former maiden name.
Oct-13-20  SkySports:
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  Messiah: Terrible dude!
Apr-07-21  Nosnibor: Why have this cheat as player of the day? Why not Wilhelm Schoenmann who has never been mentioned but holds a reasonable record?
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  MissScarlett: This guy is the worst type of cheater. He got caught.
Apr-07-21  Nosnibor: "In the room there`s a cheat to be seen." "Playing a game with a King and a Queen" "So I took a little picture of you." "On my camera you are in full view." ( "A Picture of You." Joe Brown 1962 )
Apr-07-21  I like ya cut g: Oh this cheater.
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  Check It Out: I find these cheater stories fascinating. This is a problem chess tournaments need to continuously address. As devices get smaller and more sophisticated, cheating will be harder to observe. I'm going to get an implant; see you in November, Carlsen!!
Apr-10-21  macer75: <Nosnibor: Why have this cheat as player of the day? Why not Wilhelm Schoenmann who has never been mentioned but holds a reasonable record?>

Because dude is a mother@#$%ing LEGEND!

Apr-11-21  Nosnibor: <macer75> He lost his right to a "Legendary " status through his @%$£ing cheating! Get over it.
Apr-11-21  macer75: <Nosnibor: <macer75> He lost his right to a "Legendary " status through his @%$£ing cheating! Get over it.>

On the contrary, he acquired his legendary status through his @%$£ing "cheating," as you call it. Sure, it would have been more legendary if he had broken 2700 before he was caught, but alas, things don't always go our way. I'd love to see someone one-up him in the future, but until that happens he is the legend par excellence of so-called "cheaters."

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