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Chinese chess player stripped of championship title for defecating in hotel bathtub

defecating in hotel bathtub: A Chinese chess champion has been stripped of his championship credentials amid an anus-cheating scandal after it was claimed he partied wildly in a hotel bathtub.

Yan Chenglong, 48, defeated dozens of other chess players playing the Chinese version of the game called “Xiangqi” last week to win the title of “Xiangqi Kin” in a tournament organized by the Chinese Xiangqi Association.

However, on Monday Ian’s title was revoked by the CXA because he had shown “extremely bad character” and “disturbed the public order”, things soon got ugly, or rather stinky.

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A man moves his piece on the board of a Chinese Chess game inside the park of the Small Goose Pagoda in Xian. (Photo by Ryan Pyle/Corbis via Getty Images)

The association’s statement said: “Yan consumed alcohol in his room on the 17th night with several others and then defecated in the tub of the room where he was staying on the 18th in an act that damaged the hotel’s property. It violated public order and good morals, damaged the reputation of the Xiangqi competition and event, and had a very bad character.”

Also, the prize money for chess championship competitions was taken from him. It was not disclosed how much Yan won, but according to the Guardian, winners of these tournaments often pocket tens of thousands of Chinese yuan.

In addition, Yan has also been accused of using anal beads to cheat during the match, which allegedly uses wireless transmitters to send and receive signals to stay one step ahead of his opponent.

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Xiangqi, also known as Chinese chess, is hugely popular across the country and among Chinese diaspora-yangyang/Moment RF/Getty Images

It is claimed that by rhythmically clenching and unclenching his hips, Ian was able to communicate with a computer that could transmit information via vibrations to him on what moves to make to win.

The allegations were made public on the Chinese social network Weibo, but the CXA has clarified that there is no evidence of Yan’s fraud. “Based on our understanding of the situation, it is currently impossible to prove that Ian cheated through ‘anal beads’ as speculated on social media,” the association said.

In 2022, Grandmaster Hans Niemann was similarly accused of cheating, shaking the chess world, and was finally cleared of any wrongdoing in August 2023.

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