The Romanian National Chess Championship 2023 is currently ongoing in Sebes. The Romanian Chess Federation informed about the cheating case as one player got caught cheating with the smartphone hidden in the restroom. Paul-Stelian Mihalache was eliminated from the tournament and didn’t challenge the decision of the Chief Arbiter and the Tournament director.
Paul-Stelian Mihalache, aged 41, scored 0.5/4 points. After three consecutive losses, he drew against lower-rated Sida Flavius-Ovidiu and got expelled from the tournament as the tournament officials found his smartphone in the restroom.