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The Sad Case of Borislav Ivanov: Part II

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Written by Administrator   
Thursday, 11 July 2013
by GM Danny Gormally

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Editor's note: there were reports on Facebook regarding participation of FM Borislav Ivanov in the upcoming Politiken Cup. However, it looks like he has been removed from the list of participants. GM Daniel Gormally has earlier blogged about Borislav. What can the chess community do about this case? Here is another suggestion.

Thinking about the Ivanov story a bit more, I suggest a solution.
Let the guy play. In fact go further-invite him to the top events. When he starts turning over Carlsen and Aronian, and others in the top ten, let's interview him after the games. The one caveat on his participation, is that he must attend press conferences after the games, and give lengthy explanations which may explain how he was able to come up with such brilliant moves during the game.
When he fails to come up with a single decent variation or explanation for his astonishing play, why he was able to play so well, I think finally our worst fears will be realised. No further study will be required, as it is clear that he is just repeating variations from his computer, over the board. 
I have heard a lot from the guy about how chess players are jealous, and how they are buttheads and so on, but I've yet to hear him offer a single story about his games, which says a lot really.
Fortunately I think chess is quite lucky with cheats- there isn't enough money in the game to attract the kind of industrial cheating on the level of a Lance Armstrong for example.
I wish I could say the same about other sports- formerly banned Justin Gatlin beat Usain Bolt the other day- and don't even get me started on Tennis. Serena Williams is posting better results at 31 and serving harder than most men, and Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal seem to have superhuman abilities to play for hours- both seem fresh as a daisy after five hours of play.

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Other posts by GM Danny Gormally:

Does Anyone Have a Cure for Anger Problems?
The Depth of Chess
Fundraising in chess
Nurturing a Chess Prodigy
The Sad Case of Borislav Ivanov
4NCL Impressions: no country for old men - Part II
4NCL Impressions: no country for old men
One move, one line - Part II
One move, one line
Candidates Final Review & Preview of Upcoming World Championship Match
Would Carlsen have beaten Capablanca?

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Comments (8)
1. Written by Peter on 08:49 11 2013 .
While I tend to believe that Borislav is a cheater, what if he possesses some mysterious abilities that we are not aware of yet? Like falling into a trance and just receiving those moves from Space? This is not a scientific explanation, but still. In this case he won't be able to explain his moves within the standard framework introduced in chess books.
2. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 13:12 11 2013 .
Chip in his head
I think he is a Cyborg with a Houdini Chip implated in his head...
3. Written by O_o on 13:58 11 2013 .
Chip in his head
...i dont believe in Hypnotism, Deep Trance effect, 3rd eye chakras and stuffs but... 
1) He doesnt look so 'spiritually awaken' for stuffs like that, do you think? 
2) He'd have known there are bigger(worse) things besides playing chess. Why not hypnotise a Cashier? Banker? Security? Jewellery keeper?...etc if he had intentions of cheating in chess/life? : p 
Cheater or not, he did something many tech-smarties and great chess players couldn't explain. The funny part is if he did used some sort of hi-tech device or unknown coded programs,houdini or whatever, that can do analysis and generate accurate outputs during the game, he'd have to feed inputs, i.e. his opponents' move one by one after each move,right? 
He had a cheating-partner who saw every move he and his opponents made, who knew what exact position he was playing...and. Um... brain hurts. . .  
I should just sit down and wait for the Truth 
: p
4. Written by grrr on 14:11 11 2013 .
Chip in his head
5. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 18:28 11 2013 .
Chip in his head
You may be able to spot a chess cheater, but stick to what you know. Tennis is one of the most stringently tested sports in the world for drug abuse. After Andy Murray's success he was asked about them testing him straight after coming off court. He said he was proud to be tested as he wanted his sport to be held up as an example for other sports. There is one word to explain the success of Serena, Novak and Rafael; Practice!
6. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 20:09 23 2013 .
Chip in his head
It's not a secrete that all top athlete are on some kind of performance enhancing drugs. To compete on that level the old way of just eating your vegetable isn\'t gonna cut it. If you have money and can afford a good chemist, you can work your way around all banned substances. A tiny tweak of the a molecule and you got yourself a drug that isn\'t on the radar of athletic testing.
7. Written by 0_x on 17:08 18 2013 .
Chip in his head
I was jst kidding. :p 
I believe in Hypnotism & Trance effects...etc I jst dnt think theyre related to the case. But That was jst my opinion. 
&Chakras make sense for some ppl jst like it makes sense for us to say our heart is related to our feelings and emotions..eventhough we know it isnt related. 
Hehehe.. I take that back. 
mustve learnt many things this yr
8. Written by This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it on 19:15 19 2013 .
Grand Jedi Master
I don't know Borislav Ivanov personally, but what if he is one of those strange talented cases who can come out with amazing moves, but simply can't explain verbally his mental process?, I know TOO MANY great masters (not only in chess, but in different activities), who can perform at amazing levels, but are not able to "teach", or verbally "transmit" their knowledge to others. So the post-game interview might not be sufficient proof of his abilities or to know if he is cheating or not.

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