Watch top GMs play blitz

6/1/2004 – Every evening this week you can watch about 50 GMs – more than a dozen over 2600 in strength – fight it out in the third ACP Internet blitz tournament, sponsored by ChinaCom. The final is on Saturday, the prize fund is $6,500. Fire up your Fritz 8 or get a free Playchess client for a front seat in this live blitz tournament.

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After the very exciting ACP Inaugural (78 participants, 54 GMs, 22 rated over 2600) and the first Women's Internet Tournament, the ACP is staging a third Internet tournament for its members. It is sponsored by ChinaCom and will be hosted on the Playchess.com server from May 31 to June 5th.

Round one report

Group 1, Monday, 31st May, 18.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Gaby Assmann – the following players were registered

Alexey Dreev
GM
2689
RUS
Eric Lobron
GM
2493
GER
Emanuel Berg
IM
2495
SWE
Eugeny Atarov
RUS
Jonathan Speelman
GM
2569
ENG
Mateusz Bartel
IM
2501
POL
Mikhail Golubev
GM
2532
UKR
Naira Agababean
WGM
2216
MOL
Peter Heine Nielsen
GM
2628
DEN
Viorel Iordachescu
GM
2627
ROM
Vladimir Baklan
GM
2615
UKR
Yannick Pelletier
GM
2581
SUI

The first group played on Monday, starting punctually at 18:05 CET. Unfortunately Viorel Iordachescu had a miserable Internet connection with a 30 second lag per move. He had to abandon the tournament. He will get another chance in one of the coming rounds.

After six rounds Alexey Dreev was unbeaten and in the lead, followed by Mikhail Golubev, Andrei Volokitin, Mateusz Bartel, Peter Heine Nielsen and Jonathan Speelman. There was a five-minute pause, and then in round seven Dreev suffered his first loss to Vladimir Baklan. In round nine he lost a second game against Peter Heine Nielsen.

In round 13 Naira Agababean suddenly disappeared. Dreev scored again to join Baklan, Speelman and Golubev at 8.5 points, a full point behind the leader Nielsen. After round 17 Dreev was once again in the lead, half a point ahead of Heine and Speelman. In round 19 Nielsen regained the lead, which he did not give up for the rest of the tournament.

This is the final standing in the tournament:

1 Heine   ½1 01 01 11 01 10 11 11 11 16.5
2 Vladimir Baklan ½0   ½½ ½½ 01 01 11 ½1 11 11 11 15.5
3 Jspeelman 10 ½½   01 ½1 ½0 ½1 ½1 ½1 ½1 11 11 15.0
4 Alexey Dreev 10   ½0 ½½ 11 11 ½1 11 11 11 15.0
5 Mateusz Bartel 10 ½½ ½0 ½1   ½0 10 ½½ 01 11 11 11 13.5
6 Mikhail Golubev 00 10 ½1 ½½ ½1   00 01 11 10 11 11 13.0
7 Volokitin 10 10 ½0 00 01 11   ½0 10 01 11 11 12.0
8 YannickPelletier 00 ½0 00 ½½ 10 ½1   ½1 11 11 11 12.0
9 Eugeny Atarov 01 ½0 ½0 ½0 10 00 01 ½0   ½½ ½1 11 9.5
10 Eric lobron 00 00 ½0 00 00 01 10 00 ½½   11 11 7.5
11 Agababean 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ½0 00   1.5
12 V. Iordachescu 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00   0.0

Since there were two players tied for third – Speelman and Dreev – a tiebreak match was played to decide who would get a place in the finals on Saturday. Dreev won both games and was through.

Tonight at 22:00h CET (= Berlin, Paris; = 21:00h London; 4 p.m. New York; midnight Moscow) the second qualifier will be held. Here are the registered players.

Group 2, Tuesday, 01st June, 22.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Holger Lieske

Anatoli Vaisser
GM
2573
FRA
Andrei Deviatkin
IM
2502
RUS
Anton Shomoev
GM
2487
RUS
Boris Avrukh
GM
2620
ISR
Irina Krush
WGM
2465
USA
Jan Gustafsson
GM
2575
GER
John Fernandez
2153
USA
Laurent Fressinet
GM
2638
FRA
Pablo Zarnicki
GM
2521
ARG
Pascal Charbonneau
IM
2484
USA
Vladimir Potkin
GM
2540
RUS
Zusza Veroci
WGM
2315
HUN

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