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Igors Rausis
Number of games in database: 302
Years covered: 1986 to 2017
Last FIDE rating: 2685 (2421 rapid, 2527 blitz)

Overall record: +96 -53 =118 (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 B27 B48
 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 E97 E64
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 D17 D14
 Sicilian (14) 
    B32 B27 B30 B76 B53
 Ruy Lopez (13) 
    C78 C67 C69 C77 C65
 Queen's Gambit Accepted (10) 
    D20 D26 D21 D27
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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
   H Sorensen vs I Rausis, 1989 0-1
   G Kotenko vs I Rausis, 1988 0-1
   I Rausis vs Miles, 1996 1/2-1/2
   I Rausis vs T Matsegora, 2008 1-0
   Bacrot vs I Rausis, 1997 0-1
   Adams vs I Rausis, 1996 1/2-1/2
   Nunn vs I Rausis, 1997 1/2-1/2

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

   🏆 European Rapid Championship
   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
   I Rausis vs Arsens Batashevs (Dec-17-17) 1-0, rapid

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(born Apr-07-1961, 59 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 13; games 1-25 of 302  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. I Rausis vs F Seyl  ½-½221989Bad Mergentheim opB22 Sicilian, Alapin
5. I Rausis vs Khalifman  ½-½541989Bad MergentheimC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
6. Shabalov vs I Rausis  0-1321989RigaB32 Sicilian
7. I Rausis vs Van Wely  1-0401989Lyngby opB07 Pirc
8. M Pavlovic vs I Rausis  0-1291989Peer GyntB30 Sicilian
9. W Kruszynski vs I Rausis  0-1431989Lyngby opB30 Sicilian
10. I Rausis vs J P Boudre  1-0401989Lyngby opC69 Ruy Lopez, Exchange, Gligoric Variation
11. J Kristiansen vs I Rausis  1-0181989Lyngby opA21 English
12. H Sorensen vs I Rausis  0-1221989Gausdal IntD02 Queen's Pawn Game
13. M Kaabi vs I Rausis  0-1571990CannesD02 Queen's Pawn Game
14. Suetin vs I Rausis  1-0441990Dortmund-CB32 Sicilian
15. C U Neidhardt vs I Rausis  1-0451990BordeauxD02 Queen's Pawn Game
16. I Rausis vs S Buecker  ½-½641990It (c)B02 Alekhine's Defense
17. K Bruederle vs I Rausis  0-1241990ICCF-Cup6/7 sf14 corrD02 Queen's Pawn Game
18. I Rausis vs Ivkov  0-1691990CannesA40 Queen's Pawn Game
19. I Rausis vs K Spraggett  ½-½351990CannesA46 Queen's Pawn Game
20. Shirov vs I Rausis  ½-½251990DaugavpilsE20 Nimzo-Indian
21. I Rausis vs Bagirov  ½-½601990DaugavpilsA45 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Gipslis vs I Rausis  ½-½171990DaugavpilsC48 Four Knights
23. Piesina vs I Rausis 0-1291990DaugavpilsD02 Queen's Pawn Game
24. J Lapinski vs I Rausis  0-1291990DaugavpilsC55 Two Knights Defense
25. Plachetka vs I Rausis  ½-½441991Cappelle op 7thA21 English
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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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  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.>

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  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.

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  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

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  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!
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