So I was wondering where is it located, in the fide handbook, the rule that you have to shake hands with your opponent. I know it exists, especially since the Cheparinov-Short case some time ago, I was just wondering if anyone knew the exact place of it in the Handbook?
I'm not sure there was ever more than this press release. It should have been expounded upon and turned into some rules of conduct, but it seems to me this never happened.
They do put the following rule in tournament regulations from time to time:
"13.3 The players shall shake hands (or shall greet each other in a normal social manner in accordance with the conventional rules of their society) before the start and after the end of each game. If a player fails to meet these requirements and after being asked to do so by the Chief Arbiter, then the player will lose the game immediately."
Which they really wouldn't have to do, if this rule was a part of the official laws of chess.
Also the fact that Kramnik and Topalov don't shake hands before and after the games (since the incident in the world championship game in 2006) shows that it's not compulsory even in the very high level. Here you can find an interview with Kramnik about this issue.