For the past six years, Igors Rausis seemed unbeatable.
As the 58-year-old grandmaster notched win after win, his chess rating rose accordingly until it had increased nearly 200 points. He became the oldest person to be ranked among the top 100 players worldwide, coming in at No. 53 this month.
Lawrence Trent, an English international master, called the feat “unreal stuff” last year. “Absolutely impressive,” Russian grandmaster Andrey Deviatkin commented in March.