Bulgarian Federation Complains about Azmaiparashvili and Calls for his Suspension for One Year as Head of ECU

Время публикации: 12.07.2015 19:54 | Последнее обновление: 12.07.2015 20:16

The Bulgarian Chess Federation (BCF) has filed a complaint with the FIDE Ethics Commission against ECU President, Zurab Azmaiparashvili and the general secretary of the organisation, Theodoros Tsorbatzoglu.


The essence of the complaint is that, according to the Bulgarian side, the recent attack on the BCF by Kiril Georgiev and his associates was organized with the support of the ECU.

Namely - the starting point was a document signed by Zurab Azmaiparashvili February 27. This document contains confidential information about the BCF and was intentionally, and without the knowledge of the BCF, created so that it could be used by any foreign entity for the purpose of harming the Bulgarian Federation (which eventually happened).

The ECU did not respond for a long time to queries made by the BCF about this document, but they quickly responded to the needs of those in whose interest it was to compromise the BCF. The text of the document was not disclosed, but it is claimed that it is related to the tournaments in Albena and Golden Sands in 2014.

It is alleged that the information in the document is incorrect. Therefore the BCF accuses the ECU of flagrant violation of the FIDE Code of Ethics, Articles 1.2, 1.4 and 2.2. "Participation in such a conspiracy against the individual national federations should be punished as severely as possible", - says the complaint. The Bulgarian side demands the impeachment of ECU Secretary General Tsorbatzoglu for at least three years and at least a year's suspension of Azmaiparashvili from the presidency of the ECU.

See the full text of the complaint.

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A couple of weeks before the formal complaint by the BCF, the European Chess Union issued an official statement, that it had no connection to the tournaments at Albena and Golden Sands in 2014. That is, that the official documentation of the ECU has no records of these tournaments and they do not appear in the official calendar of the ECU for 2014.

The statement also says that since 8 May this year, the Union has repeatedly appealed to the BCF to clarify the "strange transactions" that took place earlier between BCF and the ECU.

It is clear from the BCF's complaint that they recognise the existance of these requests, but refuse to provide the requested documents and data to the ECU. According to the BCF, these documents and data are the internal affair of the BCF, rather than the ECU, and if it can be given to someone, it is only the competent authorities of Bulgaria, at their request.


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