ACP World Rapid Cup Underway

ACP World Rapid Cup Underway

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The Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) is organising the fourth World Rapid Cup in Odessa, Ukraine from 27-29 May.

The format is a 16-player KO, with paired opponents playing 2 rapid games (20 minutes per game plus 5 second increments).  Ties are broken by a pair of blitz games (3 minutes per game plus 2 second increment) and if necessary an Armageddon game (white has 5 minutes, black 4 minutes and draw odds).  The final will have four rapid games, with the winner getting USD14,000.

The results so far:

1st Round

 Grischuk, Alexander 2.0-0.0  Motylev, Alexander
 Movsesian, Sergei 1.5-0.5  Naiditsch, Arkadij
 Shirov, Alexei 3.0-2.0  Bacrot, Etienne
 Karjakin, Sergey 3.0-1.0  Drozdovskij, Yuri
 Eljanov, Pavel 1.5-0.5  Moiseenko, Alexander
 Ivanchuk, Vassily 0.5-1.5  Gurevich, Mikhail
 Jakovenko, Dmitry 2.0-0.0  Inarkiev, Ernesto
 Gashimov, Vugar 3.0-2.0  Tregubov, Pavel


Grischuk, Alexander 1.5-0.5 Movsesian, Sergei
Shirov, Alexei 2.0-3.0 Karjakin, Sergey
Eljanov, Pavel 0.5-1.5 Jakovenko, Dmitry
Gurevich, Mikhail 1.5-0.5 Gashimov, Vugar


In a rapid event one might expect more suprises, but the results have mostly gone according to rating so far, with the notable exception of 51-year old Mikhail Gurevich beating both Ivanchuk and Gashimov to reach the semi-finals!

The semi-finals are currently underway, with Grischuk playing Karjakin, and Jakovenko playing Gurevich.  The official site with more details is here, with live coverage here.








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