This weekend: 3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

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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:

1/81/41/2FinalWinner
A.Grischuk (W)
2 - 0A.Grischuk (W)
P.Eljanov (B)
1,5 - 0,5A.Grischuk
A.Moiseenko (W)
1,5 - 0,5A.Moiseenko (B)
E. Bacrot (B)
0:0Player
S.Movsesian (W)
1,5 - 0,5S.Movsesian
P.Tregubov (B)
1,5 - 2,5P.Svidler
A.Karpov (W)
1,5 - 2,5P.Svidler (W)
P.Svidler (B)
0:0Player
M.Gurevich (W)
0,5 - 1,5D.Jakovenko (W)
D.Jakovenko (B)
14:30Player
Y.Drozdovskij (W)
1 - 3A.Naiditsch (B)
A.Naiditsch (B)
0:0Player
E.Najer (W)
0,5 - 1,5B.Gelfand (W)
B.Gelfand (B)
14:30Player
V.Gashimov (W)
1,5 - 0,5V.Gashimov (B)
Z.Efimenko (B)



Games Day 1

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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



3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

And the same fate for veteran Mikhail Gurevich...



3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

...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



3rd ACP World Rapid Cup

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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