Sixteen GMs in the ChinaCom-ACP finals

6/4/2004 – The third ACP blitz tournament has reached its final stage. On Saturday, at 16:00h server time sixteen grandmasters will play in four round-robin groups, with the top two scorers proceeding to the knock-out stage. There they will ply four-game matches for the final victory – and a prize fund of US $6,500. Here are all the details...

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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 four and five

Group 4, Thursday, 03rd June, 20.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: Stefan Dieckerhoff

1 Emanuel Berg
01 11 ½1 11 11 ½1 01 14.5
2 KonstantinLanda
½0 01 11 11 11 ½1 11 14.5
3 Al Shabalov 10
01 ½0 ½1 ½1 11 11 14.0
4 Jakovenko 00 ½1 10
½1 ½1 10 11 11 11 13.0
5 Sergey Shipov ½0 ½1 ½0
10 11 11 ½1 11 13.0
6 SFrancisco 10 ½0 01
10 11 11 11 12.0
7 Joel Lautier 00 ½0 01
11 11 11 11 12.0
8 Rpolaczek 00 00 01 00 00
½½ ½1 11 6.5
9 H. Dronavalli 00 00 ½0 00 00 00 00 ½½
01 11 4.5
10 Sergey Volkov ½0 ½0 00 00 ½0 00 00 ½0 10
10 4.0
11 Paul Hoffman 10 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 01
2.0

The three qualifiers in this round are Emanuel Berg, Konstantin Landa and Alexander Shabalov.

Group 5, Thursday, 03rd June, 20.00 CEST (GMT +2)
Tournament Director: David Llada

The three qualifiers are Tigran Petrosian, Mikhail Kobalia and Igor Glek

The final on Saturday

The final of the third ACP tournament will be held on Saturday, June 5th 2004 at 16:00h CEST (Berlin/Paris, = GMT +2). This translates to 18:00h Moscow, 15:00h London and 10 a.m. New York. The location is the special ACP tournament room on the Playchess.com server. The tournament will be directed by Martin Fischer, who will be online around 15.30 for last minute questions.

The final will be played according to a mode chess fans may remember from the Dortmund 2002 GM tournament (and from soccer). There will be four groups, each with four players. These groups will play a round robin match tournament (four-game matches). The two best players of each group will reach the knockout stage, starting with the quarterfinals. From here on there will be four-game matches, with possible tiebreaks in the case of a 2:2 score.

The time-control is 4 minutes for all the moves, 1 second increment per move, throughout the whole tournament. You can find the rules and schedule here. The four groups have been put together according to the current FIDE rating: group 1 has players 1, 8, 9 and 16, Group 2 players 2, 7, 10 and 15, etc.

Group 1 Group 2 Group 3 Group 4
Alexey Dreev Laurent Fressinet Bartlomiej Macieja Mikhail Kobalia
Evgenij Najer Vladimir Baklan Alexander Shabalov Peter Heine Nielsen
Christian Bauer Sergey Karjakin Jan Gustafsson Anatoli Vaisser
Emanuel Berg Tigran Petrosian Konstantin Landa Igor Glek

If any of the qualified players fail to be online at the starting time, or withdraw before the final stage of the tournament, that player will be replaced by the next player from his preliminary group. The reserve players are: Jonathan Speelman, Pablo Zarnicki, Smbat Lputian, Vladimir Potkin, Dmitry Jakovenko.

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