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Borislav Ivanov
Number of games in database: 10
Years covered: 2011 to 2012
Last FIDE rating: 2318
Highest rating achieved in database: 2342
Overall record: +5 -2 =3 (65.0%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games.

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(born Dec-21-1987, 34 years old) Bulgaria

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Borislav Krastev Ivanov is a Bulgarian chess FIDE Master. During 2012 and 2013 his results improved significantly, and he beat several grandmasters. This led to cheating accusations against him, and he was subsequently banned by the Bulgarian Chess Federation in December 2013 and excluded from FIDE's rating list in January 2014.(1) What follows are links to a number of news articles that chronicle his chess career:

1. 4 Jan 2013 - <Cheating Suspicions at the Zadar Open in Croatia>: - initial suspicions concerning Ivanov after a 2697 performance, 450 points above his actual and highest ever rating.

2. 8 Jan 2013 - <Cheating scandal in Croatia – feedback and analysis>: - skeptical feedback from readers

3. 13 Jan 2013 - <Letter and Report (PDF file), addressed to the Association of Chess Professionals in regard to the performance by Borislav Ivanov at the 2012 Zadar Open.>: - statistical analysis by Kenneth Regan concluded that: <"... for a 2300 player to achieve the high computer correspondence shown in the nine tested games, the odds against are almost a million-to-one. The control data ... show several respects in which the performance is exceptional even for a 2700-player, and virtually unprecedented for an untitled player.">

4. 17 January 2013 - <Cheating scandal – Borislav Ivanov speaks out>: - interview in which Ivanov makes the comment that:

"I practiced a lot with the computer, and after beating Rybka and Houdini by 10-0 each, I was absolutely sure that no-one was gonna stop me winning."

5. 23 March 2013 - <A Game of Chicken: Ivanov rides again>: - analysis of the contrasting results by Ivanov in Plovdiv, where he placed 88th with a TPR of 1942, and then won a short time later with a 2696 performance at Villava ahead of a large battery of IMs and GMs. Includes video analysis by Valeri Lilov.

6. 24 March 2013 - <Open letter by the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) to FIDE on anti cheating>: - addressed to the FIDE President and signed by over 700 players.

7. 21 May 2013 - <CHESS Magazine: Cheats are prospering>: - editorial by the Executive Director of CHESS Magazine, Malcolm Pein, concerning the increased prevalence of cheating amongst young players and recommending specific sanctions.

8. 3 June 2013 - <The show goes on: Ivanov in Kustendil>: - further report on Ivanov following his win at the 2nd “Bogomil Andonov” Memorial rapid tournament with 7.5/9.0 ahead of another phalanx of IMs and GMs, including Kiril Georgiev, whom he defeated in their individual encounter. Also concerning his 8/9 result at the 1st Cup “Old Capital” International Open where he was denied first prize due to three forfeits accumulated by players boycotting their games against him. Includes another video analysis by Lilov.

9. 5 June 2013 - <Experts weigh in on Ivanov's performance>: - comments by Kiril Dimitrov Georgiev; by Kenneth Regan, a member of the FIDE Anti-Cheating Committee and "statistics professor and International Master from the University of Buffalo who have studied extensively the correlation between computer and human moves in tournament games"; and by Robert Houdart, inventor of Houdini.

10. 6 June 2013 - <Chesschat discussion about cheating> including a comment by GM Ian Rogers:

11. 12 June 2013 - <Chess bid to checkmate cheats>: - newspaper article concerning the appointment of Australian master and International Arbiter Shaun Press to the anti-Cheating Committee, including comments by Press.

12. 19 June 2013 - <Rombaldoni: "He never calculated moves">: - interview with Axel Rombaldoni concerning his impressions of Ivanov and the manner in which he played their face to face game.

13. 3 July 2013 - <Irina Lymar: FIDE must develop anti-cheating rules>: - Interview by Oleg Korneev with lawyer Irina Lymar concerning some legal aspects to be considered and the shortcomings of professional chess in the modern day.

14. 8 July 2013 - <Anti-Cheating Measures – the discussion continues>: Article by David Neil Lawrence Levy with Reader Feedback

15. 11 July 2013 - <Ivanov misses an anti-cheating test organized by the BCF>:

16. 27 July 2013 - <Thirteen Sigma>: - Ken Regan article that reports the outcome of a computer analysis of the Don Cup 2010 International and concludes that the games were fabricated, confidence level for the conclusion being a z score = 13 sigma, ie: 6.15 times 10^-39 or 1-in-163,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000- ,000,000. The two tailenders in this event were found to have intrinsic performance ratings of over 3000.

17. 3 August 2013 - Jens Kotainy disqualified from Dortmund Open:

18. 3 October 2013 - - Ivanov refuses to allow his shoes to be searched, forfeits the game against Maxim Dlugy, but is allowed back into the tournament by the organizer for the final round.

19. 5 October 2013 - - Ivanov retires from chess.

20. 9 December 2013 - - Ivanov restarts his chess career. Ivanov expelled after round 5 (when he was leading) when he refused to allow his shoes to be examined.

21. 12 December 2013 - - Ivanov in Navalmoral – the real deal. <An examination was requested by his round six opponent, and a suspicious device was detected. But Ivanov refused to allow the search to proceed and left the event voluntarily.>

22. 1 January 2014 - - Ivanov's FIDE player card purged from FIDE's database.


Lilov's video analyses of Ivanov's games include:

- <Chess Mysteries - The Cheating Scandal in Zadar>:

- <Chess Mysteries - The Zadar Scandal Conclusion>:

- <Chess Cheating - The Zadar Investigation and New Revelations>:

- <Chess Cheating - Episode 4: A New Hope>:


On 4 June and in consultation with the ACP, FIDE set up a 10-person Anti-Cheating Committee to make recommendations to be put to its General Assembly when it meets in Tromsø in 2014:

There is also a <Facebook Group Against Cheating> accessible via


(1) Wikipedia article: Borislav Ivanov

 page 1 of 1; 10 games  PGN Download 
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. V Vasilev vs Borislav Ivanov ½-½382011Team Ch GrB MenD04 Queen's Pawn Game
2. Borislav Ivanov vs M Schachinger 1-035201219th Open AE92 King's Indian
3. O Jovanic vs Borislav Ivanov 1-0118201219th Open AD45 Queen's Gambit Declined Semi-Slav
4. Borislav Ivanov vs Kurajica 1-035201219th Open AE00 Queen's Pawn Game
5. D Kuljasevic vs Borislav Ivanov  ½-½34201219th Open AD85 Grunfeld
6. Borislav Ivanov vs R Zelcic 1-032201219th Open AA45 Queen's Pawn Game
7. Z Kozul vs Borislav Ivanov 0-134201219th Open AA37 English, Symmetrical
8. A Sumets vs Borislav Ivanov ½-½42201219th Open AA61 Benoni
9. Borislav Ivanov vs Predojevic 0-134201219th Open AD11 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
10. Saric vs Borislav Ivanov 0-140201219th Open AB80 Sicilian, Scheveningen
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  perfidious: <Dom....The Cork incident (of computer assistance) had some media coverage at the time, but I don't have a link to hand. I know that the Irish Chess Union debated it at length, and the young man who was caught with a computer even turned up at a hearing with a lawyer. The ICU eventually ruled that both players should be penalized - one for cheating, the other for taking the law into his own hands rather than calling the arbiter.>

One might say that it took a lot of cheek to do what the lad did.

Mar-20-17  supy: Borislav Ivanov, the alleged chess cheater arrested by police facing 8 years of jail time
Mar-20-17  Petrosianic: For cheating at chess? Surely not.
Mar-20-17  cro777: Borislav Ivanov was arrested on March 17th in Kiustendil, a town in the far west of Bulgaria, after the police caught him red handed as he was sending counterfeited drivers license in a local post office.

Cheating in chess, evidently, is not the only "hobby" of Borislav Ivanov, he also mastered counterfeiting drivers licenses and selling them on the Internet.

"Gospodari Na Efira", original video (in Bulgarian):

Gospodari Na Efira (Lords of the Air) is the highest rated and longest running original daily TV show in Bulgaria.

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  OhioChessFan: <PJ: Where the boarders converge. >

Got to be a housing shortage.

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  OhioChessFan: <other's typos> or <others' typos>. Hmmmmmmmm. After 5 seconds of serious thought, and shamefully considering actually looking it up, I have decided that <others' typos> would be correct.
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  OhioChessFan: <HeWhoMustNotBeNamed: <Of course, a moron such as yourself has never spent two seconds on any of my web pages, anyway.>>

<schweigzwang: (raises hand) Well, here's one moron who HAS spent more than two seconds there.>

I bet you weren't a moron before that.

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  perfidious: <Others'> is clearly correct in that usage; not much to debate here.

As to Ivanov getting busted again: same dog, only washed.

Mar-21-17  Absentee: <Domdaniel: This page still has a link to "FIDE Player card for Borislav Ivanov" ... but it leads nowhere, as there is no such FIDE card.>

Perhaps that was counterfeited too.

Mar-21-17  Petrosianic: <after the police caught him red handed as he was sending counterfeited drivers license in a local post office.>

Remarkably similar to the way Crazi Jake Oelerich was caught

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  perfidious: <Absentee: <Domdaniel: This page still has a link to "FIDE Player card for Borislav Ivanov" ... but it leads nowhere, as there is no such FIDE card.>

Perhaps that was counterfeited too.>

One word says it all: you never know.

Mar-25-17  csmath: Looks like Borislav will have plenty of time for his chess hobby now. Forging diplomas and driver's licences was his real job, chess was just a passion. :-)
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  whiteshark: Another cheater (*) caught in the act at the Dubai Open 2017:

*Indian Jeel Shah, with a standard FIDE rating of 1764

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  perfidious: <csmath: Looks like Borislav will have plenty of time for his chess hobby now....>

Lovely stuff.


Apr-20-17  Conrad93: So did he actually cheat? Because his Wiki says no devices were found on him when the cheating accusation was made.
Apr-20-17  schweigzwang: <OCF> :)
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  Sally Simpson: In the book 'The Best in Chess' by I. A. Horowitz and Jack Straley Battell. Published by Hodder and Stoughton in 1966. page 209.

A short story titled 'Libido Ex Machina'.

The World Champion in the story is called Boris Ivanov.

(just thought I'd mention the coincidence.)

Feb-12-18  Marmot PFL: <Looks like Borislav will have plenty of time for his chess hobby now. >

Probably he is allowed to play correspondence games.

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  Check It Out: <Marmot PFL> perhaps the cg world team can challenge him as the next opponent; computer assisted, of course.
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  Sally Simpson: We use to joke that players would one day be playing in just their underwear....

...but it FIDE may soon be implementing a no shoes rule.

Some clever chappie has invented shoes that sends and receives toe-typed coded messages.

Feb-28-18  offramp: <Sally Simpson: We use to joke that players would one day be playing in just their underwear.... ...but FIDE may soon be implementing a no shoes rule.>

But not if FIDE invests in these new shoe scanners, which are intended for airports:

<Airline passengers could soon be able to pass through security scanners without removing their shoes, the Department for Transport has announced.

It has awarded £1.8 million of funding to eight projects developing more efficient screening technology...>

Feb-28-18  morfishine: 71 pages of kbitzing but only 10 games credited to this master

Somethings fishy here

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  whiteshark: Cheaters gonna cheat...
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  perfidious: <CIO: <Marmot PFL> perhaps the cg world team can challenge him as the next opponent; computer assisted, of course.>

Of course.

Have to keep things on an even footing, don't you know.

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  Messiah: Terrible boy! Unusually bad!
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