One big upset is nice, but score a few in a row and they will make you take off your clothes.
That was what happened to 25-year-old Bulgarian player Borislav Ivanov at last month’s Zadar Open in Croatia, according to local press reports picked up by the website Chessvibes.com. The unheralded, untitled Ivanov, rated just 2227, stunned the field with a 6-3 final score, a 2697 performance rating, and upsets of no fewer than four grandmasters during the tournament.
Instead of laurel wreaths and rose petals, Ivanov was showered with deep suspicions from tournament organizers in the wake of a string of incidents in which players were found to be surreptitiously using computer devices during tournaments
“After the eighth round, there were suspicions that Ivanov had some electronic tools to help him and in my capacity of arbiter I decided to make a move in line with FIDE rules,” Stanislav Maroja of the Zadar County Chess Federation told local reporters.
Ivanov, a computer programmer, voluntarily removed his shirt, emptied his pockets and handed over his pen for inspection, and nothing incriminating was found. He went on to finish in a tie for third, a half-point out of first.
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