During a game with strong GM Maxim Dlugy, Maxim became suspicious of Ivanov. When asked to remove his shoes for inspection by the tournament director, FM Borislav Ivanov refused and therefore forfeited his relationship with FIDE.
On one hand, it’s nice to see FIDE taking cheating seriously. A cheater is nothing more than a common thief and they need to be exiled from rated play as soon as they are found. Yet another fine example of technology both helping and ruining chess.
On the other hand, though, they were asking a FIDE tourney participant to remove clothing. I can’t help but think of the fast food detainee case from a few years back where a man on the phone claimed to be a police officer. Of course, the smart place to hide cheating devices would be in shoes or underwear but at the same time, where is the line drawn as far as searches for chess tournaments?
The problem with chess cheating isn’t just the principle alone, although that’s terrible enough. Some of the bigger tourneys award thousands and thousands of dollars to the winner. If that winner was using technology to cheat his opponents, then he stole from them, plain and simple.
I am not known as a conspiracy theorist and I am not the type of player who believes every lost game is due to someone using Houdini. I am, however, greatly concerned about the subject of cheating, and I follow it rather closely.
Times are changing for chess.
Link to ChessBase article: http://www.chessbase.com/Home/TabId/211/PostId/4011410/ivanov-ends-his-chess-career-051013.aspx