Zurab Azmaiparashvili, 2007
16 March 1960 |
Tbilisi, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
|FIDE rating||2637 (June 2017)|
|Peak rating||2702 (July 2003)|
Zurab Azmaiparashvili (Georgian: ზურაბ აზმაიფარაშვილი; born 16 March 1960) is a chess Grandmaster from Georgia. In the September 2010 FIDE list, he has an Elo rating of 2637, making him 114th in the world and Georgia's number two.
He became a Grandmaster in 1988. Among his great achievements are a 2810 performance rating at the 1998 Chess Olympiad and first-place finishes at Pavlodar 1982, Moscow 1986, Albena 1986, Tbilisi 1986, London (Lloyds Bank Open) 1989, and in the 2003 European Individual Chess Championship in Silivri. In 2010 he tied for 1st-2nd with IM Oliver Barbosa in the 1st ASEAN Chess Championship in Singapore, and won the event on tie-break.
Azmaiparashvili made chess news in 2004 when, at the closing ceremony of the 36th Chess Olympiad in Calvià, he was arrested by local police and subsequently held in custody for several days. The attitude of the event's organizers towards Azmaiparashvili had apparently been soured when, upon his arrival in Spain, he had attempted to secure himself two hotel rooms, claiming he was entitled to one in his capacity as a FIDE vice-president, and another as a player at the event. This sour mood seems to have brought him extra attention at the closing ceremony when he approached the stage, apparently in an attempt to inform FIDE officials that the organizers had neglected to award a prize named in honour of Georgian former Women's World Champion Nona Gaprindashvili. He came into conflict with security officials, and a scuffle broke out resulting in injuries both to Azmaiparashvili and a security agent. There are conflicting claims about the exact nature of said scuffle: a press release from the Olympiad organizers placed the blame squarely on Azmaiparashvili's shoulders, saying that after he had tried to gain admittance to the stage on several occasions he "without any previous provocation, assaulted the agent with a head butt to his mouth". FIDE, on the other hand, blamed over-zealous policing, saying in their press release that "Despite his clear VIP identification, he was severely beaten up by several security guards". Azmaiparashvili was due to appear in court on 22 July 2005, but all charges were dropped shortly beforehand.
Azmaiparashvili had been criticized earlier in 2004 over arrangements for the 2004 Women's World Chess Championship when female Georgian players Lela Javakhishvili and Ana Matnadze accused him of behaving "in a hostile and intimidating manner, using inappropriate and vulgar language and bringing to tears our mothers".
Azmaiparashvili was alleged to have rigged the results of the Strumica tournament of 1995 to allow him to reach the chess elite. In 2003, Sveshnikov referred to the Azmaiparashvili incident and similar case involving Alexandru Crisan as "open secrets", at a time when both purported culprits were heavily involved in FIDE politics.
- "Singapore International Chess Festival 2010 – Closing Ceremony". World Chess Federation. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 1 January 2011.
- "Zurab Azmaiparashvili appointed Azerbaijan captain". Interviews.chessdom.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Novi Sad: Azerbaijan wins Gold – by one rook move". Chessbase.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "FIDE Olympiad - Calvia, ESP Press Release by organisers on the Azmaiparashvilli arrest". Chesscenter.com. 31 October 2004. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
-  Archived 14 November 2004 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Chess News - Azmai cleared by Spanish court". ChessBase.com. Retrieved 2011-12-21.
- "Protest by Georgian women grandmasters". ChessBase.com. 9 June 2004. Retrieved 9 April 2011.
- "Chess Column". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- "The fake Heroes of Chernobyl revisited". 23 May 2005. Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- "Evgeny Sveshnikov: "Only fools learn from their mistakes. It seems I am one of them..." - chess-news.ru". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- Strumica 1995, Azmai's Answer New in Chess 1996/3, page 5
- "GrandMaster Square >>> Letter from GM Sveshnikov". Retrieved 4 December 2016.
- Report on Azmaiparashvili's 2004 arrest from Chessbase
- Chessbase report on controversy over the 2004 Women's World Championship
- Interview with Azmaiparashvili by Geoffrey Borg
- Zurab Azmaiparashvili player profile and games at Chessgames.com
- Zurab Azmaiparashvili at 365Chess.com
- ChessBase.com - Chess News - Festivities in Tbilisi for Zurab's fiftieth