ACP Golden Classic Tournament

The ACP Golden Classic - a new, imaginative way to interpret modern chess

The ACP, in collaboration with Science Park Amsterdam Chess, is proud to announce the "ACP Golden Classic" that will take place in Amsterdam from 14 to 22 July, in the same venue and at the same time as the Dutch Championships and the SPA Open.

Seven great players from seven different countries will be battling for the ACP Golden Classic title in an unprecedented way in the computer era: they shall be competing under the same time control as was used in the World Championship matches in the Golden Era of chess: 2,5 hours/40 moves + adjournment! This should provide an occasion for producing highly spectacular and imaginative chess, by giving the seven gladiators the most important ingredient needed for exploiting their skills and fantasy: time to think.
 
The players who will be fighting for the overall prize-fund of 35000 USD make up for a Category XIX tournament. They are:
Vassily Ivanchuk (UKR, 2769, 10th of the world)
Gata Kamsky (USA, 2741, 14th of the world)
Baadur Jobava (GEO, 2730, 21st of the world)
Krishnan Sasikiran (IND, 2707, 37th of the world)
Le Quang Liem (VIE, 2693, 51st of the world)
Emil Sutovsky (ISR, 2687, 59th of the world)
Anna Muzychuk (SLO, 2606, 200th of the world)

Tournament Director and ACP Board Member Jeroen van den Berg underlined: "I am honoured that the ACP chose Amsterdam as host city for this unique event. The players, renowned for their fighting spirit, are very diverse in style, generation, country and even gender. I do expect them to battle out every game to the last inch."
 
ACP Board Director Yuri Garrett adds: "Hopefully the formula of the event should finally present chess lovers worldwide with a selection of high-level endgames and not only with opening duels, something which the ACP thinks could be very beneficial to chess."
 
In a nutshell, the ACP is wondering whether the future of chess lies in its past. Follow the "ACP Golden Classic" on http://www.spachess.nl to give your personal answer to this ever intriguing question!
 
ACP Board, June 28, 2012