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“I never though that human imagination can turn so fantastic just because a 2200 Elo player has played some nice games in a tournament,” he says at one point.

“I’m not a genius, nor a cheat, just a normal boy that wants to have fun playing chess.”

At another point, though, Ivanov makes the highly improbable claim that he prepared for the Croatian event by scoring 10-0 in practice games against some of the world’s top computer programs. Details as they come in.

David R. Sands can be reached at 202/636-3178 or by email at dsands@washingtontimes.com.