The true life story of Zurab Azmaiparashvili, the worst criminal in chess history ever

Dear chess presidents, delegates, politicians, and lovers of the game,

FIDE World Cadets Championship 2016 started in Batumi (Georgia).

We would like to draw your attention to the person who is, as you probably already know, organizing this event – Zurab Azmaiparashvili, whose moral portrait we would like to shed some light on, this being our duty.

There are some very interesting facts from the secret life of Azmaiparashvili, which are known to very few people in the world and which should not remain hidden from the public eye any longer. As he is the biggest fighter against corruption in chess at present, we think people ought to know him better.

It is a big shame that the FIDE, knowing the moral record of Azmaiparashvili, have granted this children’s event to such a person.

20160910_picture01Chapter 1 : Beginnings. The robbery of the century

In the 80s Azmaiparashvili was an average GM, nothing special, around Top 50-100 in the world, max, but never even close to the Top 10 or anything similar.

His real career started when Garry Kasparov, for some unknown reason, employed him as a second for his WCC match vs Karpov in Seville in 1987. After a few more matches, in the spring of 1995 Azmaiparashvili received the news that Kasparov was going to fire him. He was mad at Garry, but also extremely worried about his future and that of his family.

20160910_picture02So, during their last training camp in Croatia, taking advantage of the fact that Kasparov and his mother were absent from the house, Azmaiparashvili entered their room and stole all his chess analysis, the entire work of Kasparov’s lifetime.

Later on Azmaiparashvili started a coaching career and sold that analysis to all his students. His coaching career didn’t last long and, as far as we remember his most famous pupil was Judit Polgar.

Chapter 2: The greatest purchase in chess history, 50 ELO points in Macedonia 1995

After his successful robbery, and finally being fired by Kasparov, Azmaiparashvili decided to start a solo chess career.

The only question was HOW? His rating was low, his reputation the same, and he was without any invitations for top tournaments. Our hero decided to make his next desperate move, to purchase rating.

So, in the autumn of 1995 a GM tournament of four players was organized in Strumica, FYROM. Apart from our hero, the rest of the players were GM Rashkovsky (Russia) GM Kurajica (Bosna) and IM Kuturov FYROM. A strange formula of 18 (!!!) rounds with only four players.

20160910_picture09Finally GM Azmaiparashvili won this event with the amazing score of 16 points from 18 games, winning 50 ELO points and for that time an incredible Rating performance of 2881.

His play was so brilliant and euphoric that he even used without any shame a lot of Kasparov’s analysis, which he had previously stolen.

One classic sample was his brilliant victory against GM Kurajica, in which both played the entire brilliant analysis of Kasparov in Sicilian Paulsen. Enjoy the game!

20160910_diagram01Azmaiparashvili,Zurab (2610) – Kurajica,Bojan (2585)
Strumica (18), 1995

1.e4 c5 2.Nf3 e6 3.d4 cxd4 4.Nxd4 a6 5.Nc3 Qc7 6.Bd3 Nc6 7.Be3 Nf6 8.0-0 Bd6 9.f4 Nxd4 10.e5!! TN Bc5 11.exf6 Nxc2 12.fxg7 Bxe3+ 13.Kh1 Rg8 14.Qxc2 Rxg7 15.Rae1Bxf4 16.Rxf4 Qxf4 17.Nd5 Qh4 18.Re4 Rg4 19.g3 Qg5 20.Nc7+ Kd8 21.Nxa8 Rxe4 22.Bxe4 Qa5 23.Qc3 Qxc3 24.bxc3 d5 25.Bxh7 b5 26.Nb6 Bb7 27.Kg1 Kc7 28.h4 d4 29.h5 dxc3 30.Bc2 f5 31.h6 Be4 32.h7 1-0

Chapter 3: Taking a move back

The solo chess career of our hero wasn’t very successful. His peak was in the ECU championship in Turkey 2003, one of the first ECU individual events, an average open. He won the tournament after taking a move back and beating the second classified GM Vladimir Malakhov from Russia. A brilliant achievement as usual.

Malakhov,Vladimir (2672) – Azmaiparashvili,Zurab (2678)
EU-ch 4th Istanbul (9), 08.06.2003

20160910_diagram021.e4 d6 2.d4 g6 3.g3 Bg7 4.Bg2 Nc6 5.Ne2 e5 6.dxe5 dxe5 7.Qxd8+ Nxd8 8.Be3 h5 9.Nd2 h4 10.0-0-0 Bh6 11.f4 Nf6 12.Rhf1 Bg4 13.Bf3 Ne6 14.fxe5 Bxe3 15.exf6 Bh3 16.Rfe1 Bf2 17.Rh1 Ng5 18.Nf4 Nxf3 19.Nxf3 Bg4 20.Nd5 Rc8 21.Rhf1 hxg3 22.hxg3 Bxf3 23.Rd2 Bxg3 24.Rxf3 Rh1+


25.Rd1 Rxd1+ 26.Kxd1 Be5 27.Rb3 b6 28.Ra3 Ra8 29.b4 c6 30.Ne7 Kd7 31.Rd3+ Kc7 32.b5 cxb5 33.Nd5+ Kb7 34.Ne3 Kc6 35.Ng4 Re8 36.Ke2 Bb2 37.Rb3 Bd4 38.Rd3 Kc5 39.c3 Rxe4+ 40.Kf3 Rxg4 41.Kxg4 Bxf6 42.Rf3 Be5 43.Rxf7 a5 44.Kg5 Bxc3 45.Kxg6 Kb4 46.Rc7 Bd4 47.Rc2 Bc3 48.Kf5 Kc4 49.Ke4 b4 50.Rc1 a4 51.Rb1 b3 52.axb3+ axb3 53.Ke3 b2 54.Ke2 b5 55.Rh1 b4 56.Rf1 Bg7 57.Kd2 Kb3 58.Kd3 Bh6 59.Kd4 0-1

Chapter 4 : Debut in chess politics and the disaster of Calvia 2004

20160910_picture03In 1995 Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was elected as FIDE President in the FIDE congress in Paris by surprise. Kirsan in reality never had the real power in FIDE; he was just a FIDE sponsor and Russian political figure who left the entire power to his Deputy President Makropoulos and his group of friends.

Failing as a coach, player, etc. our hero Zurab Azmaiparashvili went into chess politics, starting as a simple “dogsbody” of Makropoulos. He was a cashier, who brought the cash and organized the parties of Makro&friends, FIDE, etc. etc. In appreciation of his faithful services, Kirsan nominated him FIDE Vice president in Bled, Slovenia in 2002.

Two years later came his new great blow. During the closing ceremony of Calvia chess Olympiad in 2004 Azmaiparashvili hit a Spanish policeman on the head, was arrested and beaten, and spent three days in a Spanish prison.

Since I had lived for many years in Spain, his FIDE friends and his wife asked me for help. So, I personally spent about a month dealing with the lawyers of the government of Mallorca, who finally dropped the charges against him. Of course, he forgot that a long time ago. Typical for Azmaiparashvili, he usually starts to hate and fight against all the people who have ever helped him in his life. Clear examples are Garry Kasparov, Ignatius Leong, Mahir Mammedov, etc.

Chapter 5: Working for the Bulgarian chess federation

In 2005 my company Kaissa chess management, together with the Bulgarian chess federation, started to organize MTel Masters super tournaments in Sofia for five years in a row, and introduced the famous present Sofia anti-draw rules. But there was a catch, many of the “experts” in the FIDE Rating commission were against calculating the tournament for rating with the new Sofia rule.

So, Makro&friends kindly “suggested” that if we find a job for their “dogsbody” Azmaiparashvili the problem could be solved.

Bearing in mind that, we invented the job of “draw specialist” and Azmaiparashvili was invited together with his wife to Sofia and worked through all five tournaments as adviser, doing absolutely nothing, and got paid a very generous fee. The couple became famous, because every day they spent many hours in the massage salon of the Grand Hotel Sofia, leaving big invoices for the organizers after their departure.

During the WCC match Anand-Topalov in Sofia 2010 the Bulgarian chess federation, again forced by Makro&friends FIDE, invited Azmaiparashvili to be commentator of the match and paid him the generous fee of 12,000 euros.

Showing gratitude as usual, Azmaiparashvili left the event three days before the finish to catch another FIDE appeal committee in Russia. So, in total our hero worked for the Bulgarian chess federation for six years, the same federation against which he has been fighting like hell for the last two years, trying to suspend and destroy it.

Chapter 6: Sexual abuse harrassment in Mexico DF

20160910_picture07During the WCC in Mexico DF in 2007, Azmaiparashvili as usual was a member of the FIDE Appeal Committee, appointed by Makro&friends.

20160910_picture15One day he was accused of sexual harassment by Mrs Guadalupe Hernandez, the cleaning lady of his room in Sheraton Centro Historico, and was immediately thrown out of the official FIDE hotel.

20160910_picture05The story is very similar to the story of Dominic Stross Kahn, with the only difference that the story of Stross Kahn might have been set up, but the story of our hero is for real. Jorge Saggiante, Director of the Championship, trying to avoid a big political scandal, persuaded Mrs Guadalupe Hernandez to drop the charges with the Mexican police, so our hero wasn’t arrested this time and could leave the country.

Of course, Makro&friends as usual helped him a lot to cover and hide the case. Nowadays, Azmaiparashvili is still appointed regularly as FIDE Appeal Committee member in almost all important FIDE events, bringing his mistress and girlfriends to the swimming pools of the official hotels, paid for by FIDE.

20160910_picture14Of course, when someone protests about such vulgar behavior, sending an appeal to the FIDE ethical commission, such an appeal is immediately rejected by the same commission. Damn shame:

Chapter 7: Years in Singapore with Ignatius Leong

20160910_picture04For some years, between December 2007 and May 2013 when Mikheil Saakashvili was President of Georgia, Zurab Azmaiparashvili was persona non grata in his home country. Desperate again, he asked Ignatius Leong, who was FIDE General Secretary at that time, for help.

Ignatius helped him a lot, gave him a job in his chess academy in Singapore, and arranged a residence permit in Singapore for him and his entire family. Later on Ignatius helped his son to finish medical school and to get a job as a doctor in Singapore.

Not bad, is it? As usual Azmaiparashvili appreciated that help by hating Leong, and turned to blackmailing and threatening him before the election in Tromso. Azmaiparashvili also went to the prosecutor in Singapore to testify against Ignatius Leong, trying to put him in jail for corruption.

Chapter 8: Montenegro CF and Budva EYCC 2013

When Azmaiparashvili became ECU President in 2014, he immediately started to fight against the previous management of the Montenegro chess federation and the organizers of Budva EYCC 2013. He directly accused them of robbery, corruption, etc. etc. claiming some transfers from a mysterious fake ECU account in Delaware USA.

20160910_picture06What was our surprise when we discovered that the truth was completely different? In fact, Azmaiparashvili had worked for many years with the same people, claiming he was their friend.

Before the bidding procedure of ECU EYCC in 2012 he offered them a deal that if they paid him a fee of €5000, the Georgian chess federation wouldn’t fight for the championship and would withdraw its bid.

The deal was made and Azmaiparashvili and two more persons from Georgia received the promised €15,000 (€5,000 each) by transfer from the same “fake” ECU account from Delaware USA.

Later on he went to Montenegro of his own free will to testify in written form to the Montenegran prosecutor. His only wish was to send his former friend to jail – the same as he did with Leong.

Chapter 9: FIDE and ECU elections 2014 in Tromso. ECU president. Complete madness

Probably everyone still remembers the FIDE and ECU elections in Tromso in 2014. Kasparov was running against Kirsan for FIDE President and Silvio Danailov was running for a second term as ECU President.

20160910_picture10The Russian was in a panic and put up a lot of money and logistics for these elections. Why was that, why was it so important for them? For some time this was a mystery for me as well, but later on one Russian diplomat friend of mine told me the reason.

Everyone knows that Kasparov is one of the biggest opponents of Putin, and the next Presidential elections in Russia are in 2018. If, by chance Kasparov won the FIDE elections, his term would finish in 2018 and, using his position, he could run against Putin for Russian President in 2018. Seriously? Sounds crazy, doesn’t it?

What are the odds of Kasparov beating Putin in Russian presidential elections in 2018? Logically very, very little, right? But it is one thing for Kasparov to be a simple opponent, and another and completely different thing for Kasparov to be FIDE president for four years from 2014-2018. So, why give him even a small chance? Bearing in mind that, the Russian government machine started working, giving Kasparov no chance at all.

20160910_picture11Where is our hero Azmaiparashvili in this picture, you may ask? The problem is that I officially supported Kasparov as FIDE President and needed to be defeated as well, together with him, to be shown a lesson.

The problem of Makro&friends was to find a decent candidate who could beat me in ECU. The task was not easy at all; our ECU team has done a lot for chess in Europe in the last four years. Chess in the school curriculum, cooperation with the European Parliament and UNESCO, etc. we brought European chess to new different social level.

So, after a long think, Makro&friends, together with their Russians partners, put against me their old puppet, the same who they had personally kicked out of FIDE in 2010 by direct order from Vladimir Dvorkovich, Deputy Prime Minister and Russian chess federation president at that time.

20160910_picture12The elections in Tromso were extremely dirty; the fight was about life or death. Nowadays, Makro&friends have invented a modern “legal” form of bribery. Many years ago they simply paid off the votes of the delegates in cash, but today it is different.

Today they offer official financial “aid” to the federations through “FIDE Commerce” or similar companies in Dubai if they vote for the “right candidate” The package in Tromso was $60,000 of federation aid if they voted for Kirsan and Azmaiparashvili for FIDE and ECU respectively. Also, all Russian embassies in the world were working for them for free, meeting delegates, and persuading them to vote for Kirsan and his puppet. So, the final result was obvious, nobody could fight against such a government machine and financial resources.

Before the elections I met Zurab Azmaiparashvili twice, in Tallinn and Chenai. Both times he offered me a fee of $200,000 if I stepped down from the ECU elections. I refused.

20160910_picture13Later on I got another offer through the Russian-Bulgarian diplomatic connection at a very high level. This time the amount was much more serious, $1.5 million. The condition was to switch sides, to betray Kasparov and to support Kirsan officially. Again I refused; no money could buy me in that situation – it was not worth it – It was much better to lose the elections and to leave with dignity.

So, the result was that we lost the elections and Makro&friends immediately started a very dirty war against us and our federations. Kasparov and Leong were banned for two years from the FIDE ethical commission from chess and FIDE. The fight against myself, my colleagues and the Bulgarian chess federation is still ongoing.


This is a true story. vouch for every single word of it. There are witnesses and documents and there is enough proof to meet anyone who is not happy about this article in any court of law.

Cooming soon… Chapter 10


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