ACP Golden Classic Tournament

  • SonofPearl
  • on 6/29/12, 2:13 PM.

ACP logo - new.pngA new tournament has been announced by the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) at short notice with an interesting format which takes chess 'back to the future'.

The ACP Golden Classic will take place in Amsterdam from 14-22 July alongside the 2012 Dutch Championships.  The invited field of seven is an interesting mix of players, but the twist is a time control which hasn't been used for decades: 40 moves in 2½ hours followed by...adjournment!

Adjournment of chess games for resumption another day died out with the advent of strong computer chess programs, which might be consulted by players during the adjournment, so this is an interesting experiment.  However, the games will not be FIDE rated.

The players are:

  • Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR, 2764)
  • Gata Kamsky (USA, 2741)
  • Baadur Jobava (GEO, 2721)
  • Krishnan Sasikiran (IND, 2720)
  • Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2703)
  • Emil Sutovsky (ISR, 2687)
  • Anna Muzychuk (SLO, 2598)

The organisers claim the re-introduction of adjournments for the competition should "provide an occasion for producing highly spectacular and imaginative chess, by giving the seven gladiators the most important ingredient needed for exploiting their skills and fantasy: time to think".

ACP Board Director Yuri Garrett added: "Hopefully the formula of the event should finally present chess lovers worldwide with a selection of high-level endgames and not only with opening duels, something which the ACP thinks could be very beneficial to chess."

Gimmick or great idea?  Have your say in the comments!

More information is available at the official website.

The venue: Amsterdam's Science Park


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  • 4 years ago


    IS THIS the answer to the 1st holiday question special, 2012?

  • 4 years ago

    NM Petrosianic

    why allow the computers to play after move 40? Surprised

  • 4 years ago

    WGM Natalia_Pogonina

    The idea looks outdated, to say it in a politically correct way.

  • 4 years ago


    An interesting, non-standard idea, worth exploring.  

    After all, not that many games reach past move 40, yet computers have always been stigmatized and reviled, rather than used in creative ways.  This sound like an attempt worth the try.

  • 4 years ago

    NM dcremisi

    I like it.   Computers, work as a good team with humans,  for Deep Blue to beat Kasparov it took an excellent preperation team to help Deep Blue.   It scares me though that many players will just agree to a draw instead of deal with the adjournment.

  • 4 years ago


    I love the idea of this, and I like that Muzychuk was invited. Chess needs to be more integrated between the genders. FIDE seems to have tip-toed around when to fully integrate chess, always worrying about when the time was right. A non-FIDE rated event is a great place to start. Moreover, the format allows the game, not the players, to be showcased. The adjournment still makes me uncomfortable, but at least the games produced will be top-notch.

  • 4 years ago


    yes, no big fuss about adjornment. If tournament isn't rated there shouldn't be too much of a big deal

  • 4 years ago


    I believe that all 2700+ Tournaments should be played at 2.5hrs for the first 40 moves and then 120min for each of the subsequent next 20 moves until the end of the game without adjournments. This should create higher quality games at the top level.

  • 4 years ago


    I don't know why everyone's making such a big deal about the adjournment issue. Yes, the players can go off and analyse games with their computers, and yes they can find if they're won/lost, or how to draw, or what have you, but NO, that does not mean that the "best" line will appear on the board the next day, YES, the players will still have to think for themselves, and at the end of the day, the ACP will probably realise that adjournment doesn't work anymore, and it'll never happen again.

    The tournament isn't rated, so what's wrong with giving adjournments a shot? I predict it'll make very little difference, and professional organisations won't bother with them anymore after this. It's hardly a crime though :P

  • 4 years ago


    This will be interesting, and not as predictable as we might think.

    @BuddyT:  What if someone consults his tablebase and discovers that he is lost in an optically-drawn endgame (and he knows his opponent is seeing the same thing), so he intentionally deviates from the tablebase "optimal line" just to make his opponent think for himself?  It sounds to me like these endgames could require just as much preparation as any opening!

  • 4 years ago


    @TimmanRevenge: keep your idiocracy to yourself...

  • 4 years ago


    Going back to the future is a great idea.Mark my words.This is the future.Old is gold.Adjournment is an innovative concept which will stretch chess beyond the concept of openings and depth will shift from current obsession with openings at almost every level of play to  middlegame/endgame , both phases being far richer in chess ideas.

  • 4 years ago


    Yep, I wish they'd never taught computers to play chess.

  • 4 years ago


    I still think from move 40, unless its an endgame (where we have only a few key and absurd looking moves), there will be no way for anybody to memorize every possible path the computer spits out.

  • 4 years ago

    GodsBishop glad to see an old fashioned time control with an adjournment! 

    None of this "increment" stuff...

  • 4 years ago


    I hate the computers, i wish to destroy all programs of the world.

  • 4 years ago


    @ mishanp - thanks! I wasn't sure about it, but I noticed your article and decided to take your word for it! Laughing  I'll remove that now.

    I also meant to credit you for the quotes I used.  Thanks Smile

  • 4 years ago

    NM ozzie_c_cobblepot

    Back to the old days of not changing the fundamental characteristics of the position prior to adjournment. Also, seal as often as you can.

  • 4 years ago


    It's possibly my fault (I jumped to a conclusion!) but it seems FIDE still allows games with adjournments to be rated. Sutovsky's quoted at ChessVibes:

    "It won't be rated for two reasons. First of all, we believe that to have it unrated is more in the spirit of the Golden Classic format. We want to take off the obstacles, which could prevent players from playing creative chess. Besides, some players were not sure about the format and its impact, and at some point we decided to go this way. But I don't see a problem. We have put a considerable amount into the prize fund, which should be stimulating, but not preventing the players from showing their best."


    My guess is that the main thing was it would be very hard to persuade top players (e.g. they were very serious about Carlsen: to risk ratings when their better practical endgame skills would be neutralised by computer analysis (if the game reached move 40). 

  • 4 years ago


    I like the idea of having a few tournaments like this too. It's true that players rarely have enough time to play the endgame as well as they'd like.

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