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David vs. Goliath: Upsets of the Week

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Wednesday, 26 December 2012

By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of

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In this special weekly column we will be looking at the most unexpected upsets that happened last week. Players usually face opponents of a comparable level. Considerably less frequent are situations when a significantly lower-rated player succeeds in beating a much stronger adversary.

A delicate question that I would like to address today is that some of the results featured in our weekly hit list may be a product of cheating. In fact, a few GMs have expressed their opinion that Borislav Ivanov's recent performance was too good to be true for a players of his level. However, presumption of innocence is still in place, so his games haven't been removed from the top-10.

Top-10 upsets:

Bohak (2068) - Gunsek (1603), 0-1, 465 points
Spelec (2066) - Murko (1634), 0-1, 432 points
Kozul (2638) - Ivanov (2227), 0-1, 411 points
Kukurin (1802) - Babic (2177), 1-0, 375 points
Murk0 (1634) - Tolic (1976), 1-0, 342 points
Ivanov (2227) - Kurajica (2565), 1-0, 338 points
Kevlishvili (1941) - Mamejarova (2277), 1-0, 336 points
Ivanov (2227) - Zelcic (2560), 1-0, 323 points
Senders (1967) - Pel (2288), 1-0, 321 points
Vogel (2166) - Plat (2483), 1-0, 317 points

Average gap: 366; White won 7 games, Black won 3 games

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