European Chess Union congratulates to its President, Mr. Zurab Azmaiparashvili on his 61st anniversary. We wish him a day filled with joy, years full of success and all his dreams to come true!
Mr. Zurab Azmaiprashvili was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1960, and started a rising chess career by winning the Championship of Georgia among students (schoolboys) in 1973. With many individual Winner titles, he won several medals with the team of Georgia on USSR Team Championships. In 1998, with the rating performance of 2810, Azmaiparashvili achieved the best individual result of the World Chess Olympiad in Elista. After winning a number of medals in European Chess Championships, the title of the European Chess Champion came in 2003, in Istanbul, when Zurab Azmaiparashvili became the first Georgian ever to accomplish this achievement.
Besides the active chess career, Azmaiparashvili started a Training career, as a Coach/Secundant of the world’s strongest chess player – Garry Kasparov (1987-1994). He worked as trainer of world known Grandmasters, such as: Judit Polgar, Étienne Bacrot and Teimour Radjabov, and part of many chess Academies, as well as establisher of Tbilisi Chess Academy (2010-2019).
In 2012 he became a Deputy Minister of Sports and Youth Affairs of Georgia (2012-2015) and in 2014, after elections in Tromso, Norway the President of the European Chess Union. He was the Chairman of the Organizing Committee of the 43rd World Chess Olympiad (2014-2018).