By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
He admitted that the phone that was found in the bathroom was is. According to the report, he was suspended for the tournament.
The French authorities are also investigating what will happen next in the case. An ethics committee is also looking into the incident.
“I simply lost my mind,” he said to Chess.com. “I confirmed the fact of using my phone during the game by written [statement]. What could I say more? Yes, I was tired after the morning game and all the Facebook activity of accusers also have a known impact. At least what I committed is a good lesson, not for me—I played my last game of chess already.”
He could be potentially suspended for his actions. The FIDE has strict policies that urge competitors not to use their cell phones during tournaments.
“The Fair Play Commission has been closely following a player for months thank to Prof. Regan’s excellent statistical insights,” Yuri Garrett said. “Then we finally get a chance: a good arbiter does the right thing. He calls the Chairman of the Arbiters Commission for advice when he understands something is wrong in his tournament. At this point the Chair of ARB consults with the Secretary of FPC and a procedure is devised and applied.
“Trust me, the guy didn’t stand a chance from the moment I knew about the incident: FPC knows how to protect chess if given the chance. The final result is finding a phone in the toilet and also finding its owner. Now the incident will follow the regular procedure and a trial will follow to establish what really happened.”