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Zurab Azmaiparashvili
Number of games in database: 1,011
Years covered: 1968 to 2008
Last FIDE rating: 2637 (2611 rapid)
Highest rating achieved in database: 2679
Overall record: +304 -156 =418 (58.4%)*
   * Overall winning percentage = (wins+draws/2) / total games
      Based on games in the database; may be incomplete.
      133 exhibition games, odds games, etc. are excluded from this statistic.

With the White pieces:
 English, 1 c4 e5 (54) 
    A29 A21 A25 A28 A22
 Nimzo Indian (50) 
    E32 E21 E58 E34 E55
 Slav (48) 
    D11 D12 D10 D13 D17
 King's Indian (45) 
    E92 E97 E60 E90 E77
 English (38) 
    A16 A15 A10 A11 A19
 Queen's Indian (32) 
    E12 E15 E17 E16 E13
With the Black pieces:
 Pirc (117) 
    B08 B07 B09
 Robatsch (99) 
 Queen's Pawn Game (57) 
    A41 A40 D02 D01 A45
 Sicilian (29) 
    B93 B22 B90 B96 B97
 Grunfeld (22) 
    D85 D73 D97 D91 D94
 Queen's Gambit Declined (17) 
    D37 D35 D31 D06 D30
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NOTABLE GAMES: [what is this?]
   Karpov vs Azmaiparashvili, 1983 0-1
   Azmaiparashvili vs J Ye, 1988 1-0
   J M Hodgson vs Azmaiparashvili, 1989 0-1
   Azmaiparashvili vs Kurajica, 1995 1-0
   Gelfand vs Azmaiparashvili, 2001 0-1
   Ivanchuk vs Azmaiparashvili, 2000 1/2-1/2
   Korchnoi vs Azmaiparashvili, 1996 0-1
   Gurgenidze vs Azmaiparashvili, 1986 0-1
   O Korneev vs Azmaiparashvili, 2005 1/2-1/2
   S Belkhodja vs Azmaiparashvili, 1985 0-1

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS: [what is this?]
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2001)
   FIDE World Championship Knockout Tournament (2004)

NOTABLE TOURNAMENTS: [what is this?]
   Montecatini Terme (2000)
   Pune Super GM (2004)
   Hotel Bali Stars (2003)
   EU-ch 4th (2003)
   50th USSR Championship (1983)
   European Individual Championships (2007)
   Bled Olympiad (2002)
   European Clubs Cup (Men) (2003)
   36th Olympiad (2004)

GAME COLLECTIONS: [what is this?]
   Pirc by Cannon Fodder
   Madrid 1996 by suenteus po 147
   Dos Hermanas 2001 by suenteus po 147
   Las Palmas 1993 by suenteus po 147
   Montecatini Terme 2000 by suenteus po 147

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(born Mar-16-1960, 56 years old) Georgia

[what is this?]
Zurab Azmaiparashvili, born in Georgia (formerly USSR), was awarded the GM title in 1988. In international tournaments he was 1st at Pavlodar in 1982, 1st= at Moscow 1986, 1st at Albena 1986, 1st at Tbilisi 1986, 1st at London (Lloyds Bank Open) in 1989, and 1st at EU-ch 4th (2003). Georgian champion in 1980. He is currently Vice-President of FIDE (the World Chess Federation). On 11 August 2014, Azmaiparashvili became president of the European Chess Union by beating his predecessor Silvio Danailov withh 33:18 votes. He is an International Organizer (2002) and a FIDE Senior Trainer (2004).

Wikipedia article: Zurab Azmaiparashvili

 page 1 of 41; games 1-25 of 1,011  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves Year Event/LocaleOpening
1. V Vepkhvishvili vs Azmaiparashvili 1-023 1968 Friendly gameE70 King's Indian
2. V Vepkhvishvili vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½62 1972 Ch Chess ClubD01 Richter-Veresov Attack
3. Azmaiparashvili vs V Vepkhvishvili  0-136 1975 Ch Pioneer PalaceE77 King's Indian
4. Azmaiparashvili vs Lutikov  0-145 1978 Karseladze memA04 Reti Opening
5. V Osnos vs Azmaiparashvili  0-128 1978 Karseladze memD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
6. P Nikolic vs Azmaiparashvili 1-056 1979 URSA30 English, Symmetrical
7. I Efimov vs Azmaiparashvili ½-½65 1979 SSSR NCP/08\\221B22 Sicilian, Alapin
8. R Klovsky vs Azmaiparashvili 0-178 1979 RUSB23 Sicilian, Closed
9. Azmaiparashvili vs P Nikolic  ½-½71 1979 URSA13 English
10. Azmaiparashvili vs Savon  1-029 1979 MoscowA15 English
11. Azmaiparashvili vs Damljanovic  1-035 1979 YUG-URSA28 English
12. T Ernst vs Azmaiparashvili  0-147 1979 GroningenB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
13. V Vepkhvishvili vs Azmaiparashvili  0-136 1979 Ch Georgian 40thB25 Sicilian, Closed
14. P Nikolic vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½33 1979 URSD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. Azmaiparashvili vs Lutikov  1-031 1979 TbilisiA04 Reti Opening
16. R Levit vs Azmaiparashvili 0-129 1979 Spartakiada URSD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
17. Psakhis vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½28 1980 URS 29/384B93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
18. Azmaiparashvili vs Eingorn  1-066 1980 UR-chYM Riga ,MCL 05A21 English
19. Chiburdanidze vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½20 1980 URS-ch U26B99 Sicilian, Najdorf, 7...Be7 Main line
20. Azmaiparashvili vs A Ivanov ½-½27 1980 UR-chYM Riga ,MCL 05A12 English with b3
21. Z Lanka vs Azmaiparashvili  0-141 1980 URSB96 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. E Vladimirov vs Azmaiparashvili ½-½35 1980 URSB93 Sicilian, Najdorf, 6.f4
23. Azmaiparashvili vs Chekhov  1-040 1980 URSA16 English
24. M Rivas Pastor vs Azmaiparashvili  ½-½42 1980 juniorsE12 Queen's Indian
25. Azmaiparashvili vs G Franzoni  0-170 1980 European Jr ChppA35 English, Symmetrical
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  James Demery: I always wondered how old he was when he learned how to spell his last name.
Jul-03-08  percyblakeney: It's only five years ago Azmai was a 2700 player, in July 2003 he had a 2702 rating (just behind Ivanchuk with 2710 but well ahead of Moro with 2679). This when such a rating was enough to be #15 (and not #30 as it is today).
Jul-13-08  ToTheDeath: Excellent interview with Kasparov talking about MGP, in this excerpt he explains how a player as old as Zurab won the European Championship.

Hanon W. Russell: Well this leads me to my next question. You’ve made a comment before about how this generation of players was brought up and learned so much from your matches with Karpov, etc. There is a tendency for many, many young masters and improving players to look at anything that occurred before Fischer as being worthless or not worth studying. What would you say to that?

Garry Kasparov: I think it’s a very stupid assessment. It’s probably, you know… you could find this kind of arrogance in the modern settings of the game of chess. They play Internet, you know, bullet game: one minute, three minutes. So they don’t have time even to concentrate on serious issues. And that’s why one of the greatest weaknesses of all young players is the endgame. When you look at, for instance, Azmaiparashvili winning the European Championship, Zurab is older than I am. So he’s a sort of dinosaur. Endgame… Counter attacks and endgames... And he was very stubborn so that’s… by the way Zurab was my coach in some of these matches, so that’s one of the players that came from that generation, learned from these matches. And even now not being, you know, most involved player, because he’s also FIDE Vice President, he has other things to do. But there’s a class; there is the solid foundation that you cannot disregard.

Mar-16-09  ILikeFruits: cheaters...
refer to...
my profile...
for more...
Mar-16-09  Nietzowitsch: <But there’s a class; there is the solid foundation that you cannot disregard.>

IMO his best endgame: R Slobodjan vs Azmaiparashvili, 1997

Mar-16-09  WhiteRook48: who is this?
Mar-16-09  SmotheredKing: <WhiteRook> This is the most honorable Azmaiparashvili, specialist in headbutting security guards at important event, unless he´s an event participant; in which case he plays an especially solid but game of Zurab chess, which is just like normal chess except touch-move doesn´t exist and moves can be taken back.
May-01-09  returnoftheking: lol smotheredking, nice description. I see why he worked with Kasparov-they fit perfectly together in style. Off the board, that is.
Jul-03-09  percyblakeney: Nice win today in the Greek League against an opponent just a few points below 2700 (Miroshnichenko):

1. d4 Nf6 2. c4 e6 3. Nf3 c5 4. d5 b5 5. Bg5 h6 6. Bxf6 Qxf6 7. Nc3 b4 8. Nb5 Kd8 9. e4 g5 10. e5 Qg7 11. h3 Bb7 12. Qa4 a5 13. O-O-O h5 14. h4 g4 15. Ng5 exd5 16. cxd5 f6 17. Ne6+ dxe6 18. dxe6+ Kc8 19. Na7+ 1-0

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"A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket."

-- Richard Fenton

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  cu8sfan: < whiteshark:

"A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket."

-- Richard Fenton>

What about simultaneous exhibits? I've seen Korchnoi and Spassky do it there.

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  whiteshark: That's quite another cu8 of tea. :D
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  wordfunph: 50th birthday of gm zurab azmaiparashvili..

Aug-02-10  cjgone: From what I read about this guy, he's pretty awesome. :D
Oct-10-10  splatty: I feel sorry for Gashimov, he is a virtuoso chess player and was left out of the Olympiad because of the politics of a self-serving ex-FIDE politician. Gashimov is more of a talent than Azmaiparashvili ever was, and it's a disgrace he inhibits a top young player from representing his own country. I already thought Azmaiparashvili was a thug and a selfish idiot from previous Chessbase reports over the years relating to his role as a FIDE vice president, and this has confirmed all of that for me and I'll be happy if I never hear his name mentioned again as he's done enough damage. (As an aside, he has been part of the corruption in FIDE to get fat and rich for years, and he is hypocrite enough to complain and try and sue when the tables are turned on him...)
Oct-03-11  Cemoblanca: Danger in Chess: How to Avoid Making Blunders :D >>>

P.S. This one would be a "decent and honest" motto for the FIDE (instead of "Gens una sumus"). ;0)

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  Penguincw: Happy Birthday POTD!
Mar-24-12  King Death: <Jul-03-08 percyblakeney: It's only five years ago Azmai was a 2700 player, in July 2003 he had a 2702 rating (just behind Ivanchuk with 2710 but well ahead of Moro with 2679). This when such a rating was enough to be #15 (and not #30 as it is today).>

And that 2702 wouldn't even get you in the top 40 today,

But there's no inflation, that's a conspiracy theory. Lee Harvey Oswald was a lone gunman too.

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  whiteshark: Quote of the Day

<A man that will take back a move at chess will pick a pocket.>

-- Fenton

'A man' as synomym for politicans and banksters!

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  OhioChessFan: I have always had a problem with moves being written down before they are made. That is not "recording". That is "making notes." FWIW, in the account, I think it made NO difference if he'd written a different move down or not.
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  offramp: Would you buy a used car from this man?
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  offramp: I took the plunge and bought a second-hand Volkswagen Puppo from Azmai.

I later found out that it was two different cars sellotaped together!

Only the front end was a Volkswagen. Now he won't answer the phone.

Mar-14-14  Jim Bartle: Sounds about right.
Aug-13-14  Karpova: The new president of the European Chess Union.


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  perfidious: The fix is in, baby!

Y'all want a title? A boost in rating? The Big A's your man! Slip him enough baksheesh and get anything!

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