Reports | May 23, 2009 22:00

This weekend: 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

3rd ACP World Rapid CupThis weekend the 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup takes place; a rapid knockout tournament with Grischuk, Eljanov, Moiseenko, Bacrot, Movsesian, Tregubov, Karpov, Svidler, M.Gurevich, Jakovenko, Drozdovskij, Naiditsch, Najer, Gelfand, Gashimov and Efimenko.

The 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup takes place May 22-24 in Odessa, Ukraine. The venue the Odessa National Academy of Law. It's a 16-player knockout tournament with 16 participants with two-game matches, except for the final which has four games. The rate of play is 20 minutes per game with an increment of 5 seconds per move.

3rd ACP World Rapid CupAgain sponsored by the Pivdenny Bank in Odessa, the prize fund is USD $57,000 with USD $10,000 for the winner. There's also a special prize, named after IM Mikhail Podgaets who was from Odessa and who passed away on May 14th, 2009.

The participants are the 13 players who performed best in the ACP Tour 2007/2008 + 3 Wild Cards given by the organizers. Last year both Karpov and Kortchnoi were playing; this time only the former world champion participated (and was knocked out by Svidler in the first round), while Kortchnoi is giving commentary.

Results so far:

1/8 1/4 1/2 Final Winner
A.Grischuk (W)
2 - 0 A.Grischuk (W)
P.Eljanov (B)
1,5 - 0,5 A.Grischuk
A.Moiseenko (W)
1,5 - 0,5 A.Moiseenko (B)
E. Bacrot (B)
0:0 Player
S.Movsesian (W)
1,5 - 0,5 S.Movsesian
P.Tregubov (B)
1,5 - 2,5 P.Svidler
A.Karpov (W)
1,5 - 2,5 P.Svidler (W)
P.Svidler (B)
0:0 Player
M.Gurevich (W)
0,5 - 1,5 D.Jakovenko (W)
D.Jakovenko (B)
14:30 Player
Y.Drozdovskij (W)
1 - 3 A.Naiditsch (B)
A.Naiditsch (B)
0:0 Player
E.Najer (W)
0,5 - 1,5 B.Gelfand (W)
B.Gelfand (B)
14:30 Player
V.Gashimov (W)
1,5 - 0,5 V.Gashimov (B)
Z.Efimenko (B)


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3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

The tournament takes place at the Odessa National Academy of Law

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

The Opening speech by Vadim Morokhovsky, Chairman of the Board of Bank Pivdennyi, Vice-President of the Ukrainian Chess Federation, and President of the Odessa Region Chess Federation

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Bosna 2009 winner Pavel Eljanov lost in the first round...

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

...to Linares 2009 winner Alexander Grischuk

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Vugar Gashimov won his first round 1.5-0.5...

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

...against Zahar Efimenko

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Evgeny Najer went down...

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

...against Boris Gelfand

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And the same fate for veteran Mikhail Gurevich...

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...who lost to Dmitry Jakovenko

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Sergei Movsesian, who beat Pavel Tregubov 1.5-0.5

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Arkadij Naiditsch defeated Drozdovskij

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

Anatoli Karpov couldn't survive the first round this time...

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

...getting knocked out by Peter Svidler

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The legendary Viktor Kortchnoi giving commentary this time, who would't want to listen to that?

3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

At stake: ten thousand US dollars and the World Rapid Cup

All photos © Boris Bukhman

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Coco Loco's picture

The last Svidler-Gelfand game today was pretty incredible. I bet everyone on ICC was annoyed at Gelfand for not resigning... Whoever said knights in the corner are bad?!

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