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calmrolfe 67 ( +1 | -1 )
Sicilian Defence is busted !! OK that's it, the Sicilian Defence is completely busted.

1. e4 c5 .....and Black is completely lost !!

Short 1 Cheparinov 0

Having spent 20 minutes trying to find an effective counter to Nigel Short's inspirational choice of e4 Cheparinov plays c5, which appears to be such an obvious blunder that he immediately resigns...

Chess is a very funny game, it is supposed to be played by intelligent and sporting people yet often shows a darker side. Maybe Short offered e4 and a Masonic handshake.......

Oh well, Cheparinov is one of Danailov's boys so I assume we are guaranteed no political rants and raves and they will no doubt accept the one move loss in a sporting and cheerful manner.

ganstaman 17 ( +1 | -1 )
It's already been appealed and the appeal won. The game will go on tomorrow (or whatever rest day comes up next) so long as there is a written apology and hand shaking.
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chessnovice 16 ( +1 | -1 )
... I always egged on a friend of mine (who was a Sicilian fanatic) that c5 was a losing move against e4. Even the top level players agree, now. :p

Odd situation, though.
marinvukusic 12 ( +1 | -1 )
Danailov and him team are a disgrace to the game of chess, regardless of the quality of their play (or quality of their... teamwork).
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calmrolfe 41 ( +1 | -1 )
Interesting point now arises......I presume this replayed game is a Duel to the Death as any Draw offer must surely involve the extending of a hand together with the question "Draw ?"

So, one for the Arbiters out there - Can you make a Draw offer without extending your hand ?

I believe tomorrows Kramnik - Topalov game has, by prior arrangement, been agreed as a "mutual no handshake" game.
lighttotheright 9 ( +1 | -1 )
Can you say bizarre?

I'm at a loss for words! I came here to check out the refutation and there is none.
ccmcacollister 22 ( +1 | -1 )
Perhaps ... they were simply put off by Nigel sporting contacts and hair dye?! :))
kansaspatzer 9 ( +1 | -1 )
If the Sicilian Defense were to be busted, maybe I could start playing e4 again.
calmrolfe 53 ( +1 | -1 )
Oh ! Don't you just love it ! Nigel Short tortured Cheparinov for most of the agonising 72 moves of the replayed game before gleefully accepting the Bulgarian's resignation. He then came up with a classic one liner "There is a god and he's not Bulgarian." The spirit of Chess wins and the despicable Cheparinov now awaits a one way ticket to Siberia. The attempted handshake is up on Youtube and can be accessed via, it is quite funny in a way to watch the bumbling Nigel repeatedly offer his hand to a completely disinterested Cheparinov.

If you really do want to bust the Sicilian, try a strategically timed f4 :0)
heinzkat 76 ( +1 | -1 )
Someone's attention was at the right board at... ...the right time

And the handshake...

And the game...

[Event "CCT 2008"]
[Site "Wijk aan Zee"]
[Date "2008/1/21"]
[Round "Round 8"]
[White "Short"]
[Black "Cheparinov"]
[Result "1-0"]
[WhiteClock "0:01"]
[BlackClock "0:15"]

1. e4 c5 2. Nf3 d6 3. d4 cxd4 4. Nxd4 Nf6 5. Nc3 a6 6. Be2 e5 7. Nb3 Be7 8. O-O
O-O 9. Be3 Be6 10. Nd5 Nbd7 11. Qd3 Bxd5 12. exd5 Rc8 13. c4 a5 14. Kh1 Re8 15.
Rad1 Bf8 16. Nd2 g6 17. b3 Bg7 18. a3 h5 19. f3 b6 20. b4 axb4 21. axb4 e4 22.
fxe4 Ne5 23. Qb3 Neg4 24. Bg5 Qd7 25. Qb1 Ra8 26. h3 Nh7 27. Bf4 Ne5 28. c5 bxc5
29. bxc5 Reb8 30. Qc2 dxc5 31. Qxc5 Rc8 32. Qe3 Nf8 33. Qg3 Qe8 34. Bb5 Qe7 35.
Nf3 Nxf3 36. Qxf3 Rc3 37. Rd3 Raa3 38. e5 Rxd3 39. Bxd3 Nd7 40. e6 fxe6 41. Qe2
Nf8 42. Bc4 Rc3 43. dxe6 Rxc4 44. Qxc4 Qxe6 45. Qxe6+ Nxe6 46. Be3 Nd4 47. Kg1
Nf5 48. Bc5 Be5 49. Re1 Bc3 50. Re4 Kf7 51. Kf2 Bf6 52. Ra4 Ke6 53. Ke2 Kf7 54.
Bf2 Ke6 55. Kd3 Kf7 56. Ra7+ Ke6 57. Ra6+ Kf7 58. Ke4 Bb2 59. Rc6 Bg7 60. Be1
Bf6 61. Bc3 Bh4 62. Be5 Bg5 63. Ra6 Bh4 64. Bf4 Bf6 65. g4 hxg4 66. hxg4 Ng7 67.
Be5 Be7 68. Kd5 Ne8 69. Ra7 Nf6+ 70. Bxf6 Kxf6 71. g5+ Kf7 72. Rxe7+ 1-0