Closing the Subject of Nigalidze

Время публикации: 26.05.2015 15:30 | Последнее обновление: 28.05.2015 19:45

I recently received a letter of apology from Gaioz Nigalidze, and therefore would like to express my position publicly.

"I want to offer my sincere apologies in connection with the incident occurring in our game at the Dubai OPEN-2015 and further for my inappropriate behavior towards you", - he says, in particular, in the letter.

Gaioz, I forgive you, because anyone can make a mistake. And I think that we should give a man a chance, but only if he acknowledges his mistake. After your letter I think you have acknowledged yours.

But in chess, as in life, there are laws that must be followed. I also believe that you should be disqualified for your actions. The rest is for FIDE and those who are responsible for this matter to decide.

And a few words about Zurab Azmaiparashvili. In the interview, the president of the ECU said: "I was very angry at Nigalidze when I first learned about the case, but did not react for several days. I decided to await other people's reaction..." However, the next day after the incident, the organizers of the tournament in Dubai came to me and told me that they had spoken to Azmaiparashvili and he had said very strongly that he would seek a long ban on Nigalidze. (By the way, I reported this conversation to the Georgian grandmaster Mchedlishvili, who also took part in the tournament.) So, it turns out that "several days" is just a half-day? In addition, the first reaction of Zurab and what he later said are quite opposite things.

The excuse that Gaioz using a weak program is comparable to light doping is wrong - how can a professional like Zurab not know that help even from a weak chess program would be enough to win a game against a grandmaster?

Finally. I'm sorry if Nigalidze has any problems in the family. I would advise Azmaiparashvili as a compatriot of Gaioz and as a man, that there are opportunities to help a chess player to cope with these problems. But we should not forget that the actions of Nigalidze also caused other people to suffer financially, and nobody knows what those victims' situations may be.

I hope that this will be my last involvement with this topic. For me it is closed, I received an apology, which I accept, and I know that a ban of some period will be imposed.

I wish everyone uncompromising chess and fair play! May the best man always win!

UPD. Zurab Azmaiparashvili denies the fact of his call to the organizers of the Dubai Open. I had to write them so that they could prove or disprove the fact of that talk, but the organizers haven't replied so far. Since their confirmation could have been the only proof, it makes sense to trust Zurab.

Anyway, there is one more thing that makes me happy: Azmaiparashvili admitted that my criticism of him was reasonable.


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