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Nick de Firmian vs Zurab Alekseyevich Azmaiparashvili
Moscow GMA-qual f (1990), Moscow URS, rd 11, Jun-??
Spanish Game: Fianchetto Defense (C60)  ·  1/2-1/2



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Nov-06-04  Lawrence: <WMD> on the Azma page:

WMD: Dominic Lawson's book, The Inner Game, which focuses on Nigel Short's doomed world championship match, relates the following story: As an example of unscrupulous Russian - and Kasparovian - chess conduct, Nigel will allude to the big Moscow tournament of 1992, organised by Kasparov himself. Kasparov had secured an invitation for his chief second, the Georgian Grandmaster Zurab Azmaiparashvili. 'Azmai', according to Nigel, had the black pieces against the American Grandmaster Nick de Firmian and desperately wanted a draw. Nigel told me, 'Azmai offered Nick a draw and $2000 if he took it. Nick declined. Kasparov went up to Nick and was very angry with him. He said that $2000 was a very generous offer for a draw and that he should accept. Of course, he's a friend of Azmaiparashvili and wanted to help him. But he was also the tournament organizer, and this was something really shady.'

Junior 8 certainly shows that the game ends as a legitimate draw.

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