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Friday, May 31, 2013

Bulgarian Chess Federation Temporarily Disqualifies FM Borislav Ivanov for an Investigation

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The website of the Bulgarian Chess Federation announced that, at the reunion of the Board members, it was decided to disqualify FM Borislav Ivanov for a duration of four months. Ivanov has been suspected in cheating over the past months and faced numerous accusations after he has shown great play against high level players and achieved impressive results at both national and international tournaments. At several occasions, Grandmasters claimed that Ivanov's play was based on first line by "Houdini" and "Rybka", and refused to show up at their games against the Bulgarian. The Bulgarian Chess Federation will start an investigation of his games and tournaments played in the period of the last nine months. (Borislav Ivanov, 25, three years ago. Photo -

Ivanov himself rejects all the charges, explaining his outstanding play as a result of hard work and training. He was searched at one of the tournaments, but no evidence of the accusations could be found. Thus, it can be stated that the decision regarding the temporary disqualification of Ivanov was merely taken on the basis of aroused suspicions. (

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  • At May 31, 2013 at 12:01 PM , Anonymous Amrit Puri, Knights Chess Club, New Delhi said...

    The situation in such cases is indeed tough. But as things go guess no one is cheater in chess unless caught and well it's difficult to be caught. overall such things are bad for chess.

  • At May 31, 2013 at 12:10 PM , Anonymous Alexis Cochran, NZ said...

    chess and cheating both begin with che! what can be done?

  • At June 1, 2013 at 12:52 AM , Anonymous Chris, NY said...

    groan not again - get a life you chess players


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