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Weekend Argus (Saturday Edition) - - GOODIDEA -

FOUR Capeto­ni­ans are in Al Ain in Abu Dhabi, the fourth largest city in the United Arab Emi­rates.

IM David Gluck­man is play­ing in the Open tour­na­ment while Paul, Simeon and Ti­fanny Dar­ling are tak­ing part in the World Youth Cham­pi­onship – WYCCh.

There have been com­plaints that since it is be­ing staged in one of the world’s rich­est coun­tries, the or­gan­i­sa­tion should have been ex­cel­lent, but when the event started con­tes­tants said the food was of bad qual­ity with lit­tle choice and one hall for serv­ing more than 2 500 peo­ple.

The first round of of the WYCCh had to be post­poned for three hours; the open sec­tion to the next day at 9am.

Pairings are some­times changed, even in the morn­ing af­ter ev­ery­one has al­ready pre­pared, be­cause the ar­biters had en­tered in­cor­rect re­sults. The or­gan­i­sa­tion lacks around 20 ar­biters, and some play­ers from the open sec­tion were asked to be ar­biters.

There was sim­ply not enough phys­i­cal place for the Open tour­na­ment be­cause of the huge par­tic­i­pa­tion in WYCCh, with the sec­ond and sub­se­quently open A and B sec­tions (over 150 play­ers in to­tal) be­ing played in a cor­ri­dor.

We will get the com­plete pic­ture when our war­riors re­turn at the end of the year.

● Is this an eter­nal com­edy (or drama)?

Borislav Ivanov, 27, has won top prizes in chess com­pe­ti­tions across Europe from Croa­tia to Spain. But a num­ber of grand­mas­ters are now re­fus­ing to sit across the chess board from him.

Ivanov, who strongly de­nies cheat­ing, was ejected from the Naval­moral de la Mata tour­na­ment in western Spain ear­lier this month af­ter play­ers claimed he had used de­vices hid­den un­der his shirt or in­side his shoes to re­ceive sig­nals.

In a se­ries of in­creas­ingly bizarre scenes, of­fi­cials ex­am­ined Ivanov’s shoes at the end of the tour­na­ment’s fourth round be­cause it was “widely re­marked that a hid­den de­vice could be placed in­side his footwear”. Find­ing noth­ing, they also used a mo­bile app to scan for hid­den metal, but again noth­ing was found that, as the tour­na­ment’s or­gan­is­ers said, could “im­ply the ex­is­tence of a hid­den de­vice in­side his footwear”.

Com­peti­tor An­dres Hol­gado Maestre spot­ted a “sus­pi­cious bump” un­der Ivanov’s shirt, of­fi­cials said. He later grabbed the bump and claimed “he could touch an oblong ob­ject, sim­i­lar to an MP3 player, at­tached to Ivanov’s body”.

Af­ter a third in­ci­dent in which Ivanov was strip-searched and of­fi­cials saw “a kind of strap cross­ing his chest”, the Bul­gar­ian left the com­pe­ti­tion – vol­un­tar­ily.

When asked in a re­cent in­ter­view with the web­site Chess Base how he re­acted to the al­le­ga­tions, Ivanov said: “At first I wasn’t sur­prised about the spec­u­la­tions but sud­denly they turned very ridicu­lous. Some peo­ple ac­cused me of us­ing tech­ni­cal equip­ment that only Nasa has. I even heard that I had my own satel­lite that trans­mit­ted moves dur­ing the games.”

Com­ment­ing on his strip search, Ivanov added: “Al­though they checked my pock­ets very slowly and my jacket, and af­ter they found noth­ing… maybe they were a bit dis­ap­pointed, (be­cause) they were 100 per­cent sure I was cheat­ing and of course that’s a to­tal lie. I’m not a ge­nius, nor a cheat, but just a nor­mal boy who wants to have fun play­ing chess.”

The game’s gov­ern­ing body, Fidé, said it was “aware of the dam­age caused by this un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent” and was “now pre­par­ing a whole sys­tem of mea­sures against all kinds of cheat­ing”.

The Bul­gar­ian Chess Fed­er­a­tion said Ivanov had been ex­cluded from its mem­ber­ship. ● Keep send­ing your com­ments and news to thechess­nik@gmail.com.

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