In 1998 out of nowhere, a Grandmaster emerged in Romania ranked number 33 in the world with a rating of 2635, a massive rating for that time period.
This was particularly puzzling given that no game could be found by that Grandmaster in the databases and he hadn’t played his countries national championship, never represented them in Olympiads etc.
As it turned out, Alexandru Crisan, the Romanian businessman had fabricated some tournament reports to bring his rating all the way up to number 33 in the world!
Eventually, Crisan was forced to prove his rating by playing in a real tournament. The Vidmar Memorial in 2001 was such a tournament, and well Crisan didn’t exactly prove his point, scoring 0.5 points in 9 games!
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