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Suspected Cheater 'Strip-Searched'

  • SonofPearl
  • on 12/30/12, 3:31 PM.

News has emerged that a Bulgarian chess player was "strip searched" after being suspected of cheating during a tournament in Zadar, Croatia held from 16-22 December.

There were 36 players in the tournament, including 16 Grandmasters, yet the 26-year old computer programmer Borislav Ivanov with a rating of only 2227 Elo finished with a 6/9 score, beating four GMs along the way to claim 4th place.

The top placings at Zadar

# Name Elo Pts
1 GM Predojević Borki  2600 6.5
2 GM Stević Hrvoje  2622 6.5
3 GM Sumets Andrey  2638 6.0
4 Ivanov Borislav  2227 6.0
5 GM Jovanić Ognjen  2538 5.5
6 GM Kožul Zdenko  2638 5.5
7 GM Šarić Ante  2533 5.5
8 GM Martinović Saša  2530 5.5
9 GM Cebalo Mišo  2402 5.5

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Despite the "strip search" no evidence of cheating was found. 

Stanislav Maroja, chairperson of the chess union in Zadar District said, “After the eighth round we received a signal about Ivanov’s game and after his game with Borko Predoevic, who later on won the tournament, we decided to check on both of them. There were suspicions that Ivanov has some electronic tools to help him and in my capacity of a judge I decided to make a move in line with the FIDE rules. It is not true that we made him strip naked. He himself took off his t-shirt, while we emptied his pockets.”

The FOCUS Information Agency quoted GM Zlatko Klaric, “Ivanov is chess programmer...he made moves like a computer, which was obvious in the game vs Jovanovic. Technologies are so developed now that theoretically, since the games were aired live, Ivanov’s friends...could have sent him hints for his moves through chips, which could have been placed under the skin, in the ear, or in the teeth.”

Either Ivanov had the tournament of his life, or he found a way to cheat without being detected. All of his games from the tournament are below.

This disturbing story also raises many other questions, two being: a) what are the limits of an arbiter's powers to search an individual suspected of cheating? and b) do we now have to scan suspected players for implanted computer chips?

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Games and results table via Chessgames.com.

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  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Doggy_Style, how would we know that you're not Chinese?  Perhaps you're a spy?  Do you have chips imbedded throughout your body?

  • 23 months ago

    chess_cake

    I am not sure whether Ivanov cheats or not in his games. However, I believe he is not a beginner. His rating is 2227. He has a skill to compete against GMs.

  • 23 months ago

    ClavierCavalier

    Chips in the body?  Sounds pretty paranoid to me.  It's like Fischer's chair!

    Strip search seems way over the top.

  • 23 months ago

    Andre_Harding

    Good point, Kacparov! Totally agree.

  • 23 months ago

    Doggy_Style

    @DESTROYER8

     

    Just an old fashioned saying e.g. "If property A is true, then I'm a Chinaman". (Where it's obvious, that the one making the statement, is not a Chinaman)

     

    The saying expresses disbelief.

  • 23 months ago

    DESTROYER8

    Doggy_Style what do you mean by China-Man?

    And great report from Sonofpearl like always

  • 23 months ago

    Doggy_Style

    Thanks for the report, very interesting.

     

    Difficult not to suspect that something untoward has occurred. If that 2nd game isn't engine play, then I'm a Chinaman.

  • 23 months ago

    IM Kacparov

    Why didn't they simply make him play his games on a non-digital board...? Sometimes the easiest solutions are missed...

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