It had to happen sooner or later. After the controversy surrounding cheating with the use of electronic aids at the World Open, now we have a real case of steroid use by a chess player. And he's only 13-years old!
According to a news report, the 13-year old Bobby Baines "was one of 17 professional chess players ranging in ages from 8 to 97 years old, that are under suspicion for blood doping and taking drugs on the USCF list of banned substances".
I must say, the last 3 months - from that Gormallygate incident to an apparent suicide, then to the World Open controversy and finally this - has not exactly been the best for chess. What next?
Link: "Anabolic Steroids Invade the World of Professional Chess"