Moving ahead with the ACP

1/28/2004 – Things will be moving ahead in the chess world, if the Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) have their way. The union now counts 146 members, including ten of the top 15 in the world. We bring you the press release after their recent board meeting, and some nice pictures of GMs planning their future.

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Official press release of the ACP

The Board of the ACP has held its second meeting of the year on the 16th of January 2004 in Wijk aan Zee. It has appointed its three officers with GM Joel Lautier as President, GM Alexander Baburin as Secretary and WGM Almira Skripchenko as Treasurer.

The current number of its adherents has now risen to 146 members with 10 of the top 15 players in the world having joined.

Among the important items on its agenda, the ACP will address FIDE and the ECU (European Chess Union) on critical issues such as regulations, playing conditions and time-control for the next FIDE World Championships and ECU European Championships to be held this year.

The ACP is also working towards building a series of tournaments for 2005 that will be named the ACP Tour and plans to include both rapid and classical tournaments. A detailed memorandum of the ACP plans for the coming year will soon be published on its website and other chess media.

The ACP Board, 24.01.2004

Pictures of the ACP board meeting
on January 16 2004 in Wijk aan Zee


The board meeting in a hotel suit in Wijk aan Zee during the Corus tournament


Pavel Tregubov and Joel Lautier (President of the ACP)


A rectangular table discussion between Tregubov, Lautier, Vladimir Kramnik and Peter Svidler


Evgeny Bareev and Eric Lobron


Eric Lobron and Viktor Bologan


Evgeny Bareev, always ready with a wry comment


Laurent Fressinet, 22 years old and from France


Vladimir Kramnik, a committed member of the ACP

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