Chess Cheating - New Revelations

In today’s blog, I am going to cover the latest news concerning the Zadar Scandal case that shook the chess world and worried many tournament organizers whose worst nightmare came through at the Zadar Open in Croatia when a young untitled player went on to defeat some of the best Croatian chess grandmasters, one after another, in a ultra-convincing manner. 

In this blog post, I have renewed my investigation on the case and have compiled more facts and figures that were only recently made available to the public. My concise, yet exhaustive video analysis of Ivanov’s recent games and tournament participation will demonstrate his erratic intent and elusive system for defeating top chess players whenever he gets the chance to. Ivanov had now completed two other major tournaments, the Tringov Memorial and the Bulgarian Individual Semi-Final, both held one after the other in Plovdiv, Bulgaria. While in the first open, Ivanov performed poorly given his current FM-level rating, scoring a mediocre performance of just about 1950, at the semi-final, Ivanov, employed a different strategy and, again, decided to turn on his computer engines drawing and beating solid IMs without any struggle, while drawing and losing to amateur players at one and the same tournament. My analysis of his games will reveal the two very different styles of play Ivanov employs consistently nowadays. Take a moment to check out my latest video analyzing his recent games and casting more light on the infamous Zadar case of December, last year.



  • 4 years ago


    Memorizing Houdini's best line is not cheating, it is proving to the old GMs that it is time to update their so called good chess principles. I don't have time for videos. I am still waiting for some kind of proof like any hi tech devices found beneath his skin or something like that. Otherwise, you are just jealous he has a sound memory. Time to tear up Nimzowitsch and Tarrash books.

  • 4 years ago


    You spent way too much time on this Valeri.  The guy is obviously cheating, he's not even very good at it.  What is really going to blow your mind is when you realize that there must be players out there who are cheating but are not suspected.  With so much money on the line, it might only be a matter of time before a sophisticated cheating group wins the world championship!


    It seems to be a universal truth.  Wherever there is money, there is cheating.

  • 4 years ago


    You can put an end to this one ... find out where he lives ... give him a visit. And make him an offer he can't refuse.  This works every time.  

  • 4 years ago


    I dont want to watch the video. It is too sad that someone would cheat like that. Really hope that guy is caught and expelled....

    For someone to cheat like that in chess is even worse than stealing money. Actually he IS stealing money and he is also wasting honest people's time. Honest IMs and GMs.

    Good work Mr Lilov

  • 4 years ago


    i too have experienced a small kid behaving suspiciously in a tournament  i played ,where he went for drinking water frequently and there were two people who knew him (were playing themselves ) who would frequent to the board i was playing  gave me a sense that this kid was cheating 

  • 4 years ago


    He shouldn't be allowed to play in tournaments anymore.

  • 4 years ago


    What can you do?

    It's like an athlete using illegal drugs, you know they doing it but you still have to prove it without a doubt. 

    Nice post!

  • 4 years ago


    I haven't looked at any of the evidence so I'm a little nervous making a comment, but would it be possible that as long as a person follows a "by the book" approach he does fine but if he gets an opponent that does something "off the wall" it gives him trouble?  It seems to me, and I know I'm about to show how little I really know, that it would be possible that someone who is great at memorizing book openings would do better against a person who played by the book.  This way, the opponent's moves would be expected.  Also it seems that if this individual would cheat by using a chess computer he would do it against all his opponents, not just a select few.  I also know that in my games that I do better against moves I expect.  Even if the move my opponent makes is a weak move sometimes it gives me trouble if it is a line I'm not expecting or if it is a line I'm unfamiliar with.  I'm just trying to play devil's advocate here and look at this situation from the other side of the coin.  I'm sure since you have made an accusation like this you have certainly done your homework and have sufficient grounds grounds to say what you have said so I hope you don't take this as me being disrespectful.

  • 4 years ago


    Pffffffffffff...... He is only 2200 and he defeated grandmasters?

    PS: Ivanov's only intention was to get his games analysed by GM.

  • 4 years ago


    NO ! NO ! ; ABSOLUTLY NOT! ; No everybody CHEAT ; Except , those IGNORANT of the unwrithed RULES of CHESS ; A ROYAL GAME fitted for GENTLEMEN/WOMEN . Cheers. Elias

  • 4 years ago


    Or he spent a lot of time analysing those grandmasters beforehand, using a computer? A good player can probably prepare if they have access to all of their possible opponent's public games and a program which will point out their common mistakes at depth 50.

  • 4 years ago


    Keep going full blast forward with this issue ; "Wen MEN are silent by fear,the inocent suffer"; If in doubt JEREMIAH 33 :3 in the HOLLY BIBLE will poin you in the RIGHT direccion ; Cheers,Elias

  • 4 years ago


    I was sort of skeptical of the cheating acusation....but how do you blow SEVERAL 2500++ rated GMs out of the water but lose and draw against players with 1900!?

  • 4 years ago


    Was he the one who was strip searched at a chess tournament? Nowadays in order to enter a tournament not only do you have to be a good player but also you need to be sure you are wearing clean underwear!  

  • 4 years ago


    wow everybody is cheating these days

  • 4 years ago


    Dear Mr. Lilov, i find this rather amusing.  You have already provided blog Ivanov cheating before.  My question is, why are you putting this in public?  I don't know whether Ivanov was charged or not.  But if you do find evidence, why don't you submit it to FIDE?  Isn't that better.  Are you not just making yourself a sitting duck?  Lets say Ivanov found out about your blogs accussing him of cheating & FIDE has done nothing, then he can file defamation against you for trying to spoil his reputation.  Did you know about this?  I say you take caution if you did not know.  BTW, I never saw your videos as it was too long but read other titled players agreeing with you.   

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