ACP Internet Inaugural with 54 GMs

4/9/2004 – Like to watch a to GM blitz tournament live? With 78 participants, 54 of whom are GMs, 22 rated over Elo 2600? See every move they make as it is played? Cheer on Svidler, Grischuk, Bareev and Dreev? Watch Almira Skripchenko and Natalia Zhukova take on their male counterparts? All from the comfort of your home? Then you will definitely not want to miss the ACP Inaugural on the Playchess server.

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This is a golden opportunity to watch some of the greatest players in the world battle it out in a massive blitz tournament, running from April 12 to 17 on the Internet. It is the inaugural tournament of Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) and has made possible through the support of China Communications Corp. (“ChinaCom”), a company that is building the world’s largest Chinese Business to Business (B2B) Platform. The event is being hosted on the ChessBase server Playchess.com. The prize fund is US$ 5000.00, with $1,500.00 going to the winner.

Full info, including participants, Elo, portraits, rules and schedules may be found at the ChessBase ACP Inaugural Tournament site.

The top seeds in this inaugural tournament are:
Peter Svidler
GM
2733
Alexander Grischuk
GM
2719
Evgeny Bareev
GM
2711
Alexey Dreev
GM
2689
Joel Lautier
GM
2680
Sergey Rublevsky
GM
2671
Viktor Bologan
GM
2665
Sasikiran Krishnan
GM
2659
Luke McShane
GM
2656
Rustam Kasimdzhanov
GM
2652

Top women participants are:
Pia Cramling
GM
2491
Natalia Zhukova
WGM
2471
Almira Skripchenko
WGM
2456
Elina Sedina
WGM
2382
Tatiana Grabuzova
WGM
2348
Elena Zaiats
WGM
2344
Martha Fierro
WGM
2327
Anna Sharevich
WGM
2240

Here's the schedule for the preliminaries (participants are listed alphabetically by first name):

Preliminary 1
Monday, 12th April 2004, 18.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Holger Lieske

Alexandra Dimitrejevic SCG
Alexey Dreev RUS
Artyom Timofeev RUS
Dimitri Komarov UKR
Elina Sedina ITA
Eric Lobron GER
Javier Moreno Carnero ESP
Jonathan Berry CAN
Luke McShane ENG
Mateusz Bartel POL
Naira Agababean MOL
Petr Kiriakov RUS
Robert Fontaine FRA
Sasikiran Krishnan IND
Sergey Karjakin UKR
Sergey Volkov RUS
Svetlana Matveeva RUS
Viorel Iordachescu MOL
Yannick Pelletier SUI
Zhong Zhang CHI

Preliminary 2
Tuesday, 13th April 2004, 22.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Holger Lieske

Andrei Kharlov RUS
Anton Shomoev RUS
Arkadij Naiditsch GER
Bartlomiej Macieja POL
Boris Avrukh ISR
Carlos Gallegos VEN
Ehsan Ghaemmaghami IRN
Evgeny Bareev RUS
Gennady Sagalchik USA
Igor Glek GER
Jan Gustafsson GER
Martha Fierro ECU
Maxim Notkin RUS
Michele Godena ITA
Mikhail Kobalia RUS
Murtas Kazhgaleyev KAZ
Natalia Zhukova UKR
Sergey Erenburg ISR
Tatiana Grabuzova RUS

Preliminary 3
Wednesday, 14th April 2004, 18.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Gaby Assmann

Alexander Grischuk RUS
Alexander Raetsky RUS
Anatoli Vaisser FRA
Anna Sharevich BLR
Eloi Relange FRA
Emanuel Berg SWE
Eugeny Atarov RUS
Joel Lautier FRA
Johann Alvarez VEN
Konstantin Landa GER
Laurent Fressinet FRA
Mikhail Golubev UKR
Pablo Zarnicki ARG
Peter Heine-Nielsen DEN
Rustam Kazimdzhanov UZB
Thomas Luther GER
Tigran Petrosyan ARM
Vladimir Belov RUS
Vladimir Epishin GER
Yochonan Afek NDL

Preliminary 4
Thursday, 15th April 2004, 15.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Martin Fischer

Almira Skripchenko FRA
Bartosz Socko POL
Daniel Fridmans GER
Elena Zaiats RUS
Evgeniy Najer RUS
Julen Martinez Arizmendi ESP
Leo Battesti FRA
Lev Psakhis ISR
Michael Zaitsev RUS
Pavel Tregubov RUS
Pentala Harikrishna IND
Peter Svidler RUS
Pia Cramling SWE
Richard Polaczek BEL
Sergey Rublevsky RUS
Sergey Shipov RUS
Smbat Lputian ARM
Viorel Bologan MOL
Vitali Golod ISR
Zvulon Gofshtein ISR

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