Famous Chess Player Caught in a Tournament Pretending to Be a Woman

Omondi registered under the alias Millicent Awour, disguised himself by donning in a burka, and put on eyeglasses to hide his identify.

According to Chess.com, the fraud was discovered when tournament staff decided to look into it after the fourth round due to their suspicions about his extraordinary success.

Omondi eventually admitted the truth, stating that he was a university student having trouble paying his bills, after being escorted to a private room and asked for identification.

“The reason was due to financial needs, but I deeply regret my action and [am] ready to accept all consequences,” Stanley Omondi said.

Omondi, who has a blitz rating of about 1750 and a classical rating of about 1500 internationally, has been suspended from the competition pending discipline. He scored points, but they were reversed and given to his rivals.

This year, more than 400 players from 22 different nations participated in the Kenya Open, an annual championship held in Nairobi, the nation’s capital.

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