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  1. 1. Association of Chess Professionals (ACP) Last update: May 2010 Prepared by Olena Boytsun for the ACP http://chess-players.org
  2. 2. The ACP in Brief <ul><li>The ACP is the only organization in the world that is a civic initiative of a significant group of chess players </li></ul><ul><li>250 top chess professionals from all over the world are members of the ACP </li></ul><ul><li>70 high-level tournaments in m ore than 20 countries all over the world are united in the ACP-Tour </li></ul><ul><li>The Association's purpose is the protection of professional chess players' rights, the practice and promotion of chess worldwide, in particular through the organization of chess tournaments and other chess events. </li></ul><ul><li>The ACP encourages and promotes the civil engagement of chess professionals </li></ul>
  3. 3. ACP Members <ul><li>250 top chess professionals from </li></ul><ul><li>46 countries </li></ul><ul><li>grandmasters, international masters, chess journalists, international organizers, international arbiters </li></ul><ul><li>ACP Members are experts in every field of chess life </li></ul>
  4. 4. ACP Members GM Vishy Anand (India) World Chess Champion GM Sergey Karjakin (Ukraine) GM Levon Aronian (Armenia) GM Peter Svidler (Russia)
  5. 5. ACP Members GM Vasyl Ivanchuk (Ukraine) GM Judit Polgar (Hungary) GM Alexei Shirov (Spain) GM Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaidzhan)
  6. 6. ACP Members GM Alexander Motylev (Russia) GM Arkadij Naiditsch (Germany) GM Anatoly Karpov (Russia) GM Viktor Korchnoi (Switzerland) GM Vladimir Kramnik (Russia)
  7. 7. ACP activities <ul><li>The ACP Board coordinates all the activities of the ACP on a voluntary basis. </li></ul><ul><li>The main activities include: </li></ul><ul><li>Consultations of the members on the topical issues </li></ul><ul><li>Development of recommendations for FIDE, national federations and other members of the chess society on actual problems </li></ul><ul><li>Dialog with members and the community through the ACP Newsletter, the official website ( http://chess- players.org ), correspondence, meetings etc </li></ul><ul><li>Conduction of opinion polls – the ACP is the only organization in the chess world that develops and conducts polls on a regular basis </li></ul><ul><li>ACP Tour – regular up-to-date calculation of all players’ performance through the year (season) </li></ul><ul><li>Organization of the chess events – the ACP uses the most attractive and modern formats of the events in order to promote the game of chess </li></ul><ul><li>The most popular event of the ACP is the annual ACP World Rapid Cup. </li></ul>
  8. 8. The ACP Tour <ul><li>70 high-level tournaments in m ore than 20 countries all over the world from China to Brazil </li></ul><ul><li>16 best players qualify for </li></ul><ul><li>the ACP World Rapid Cup </li></ul>
  9. 9. The ACP World Rapid Cup <ul><li>Location: theatre stage or conference room (about 1,000 spectators) </li></ul><ul><li>Live transmission : large screens for the audience in the playing room and broadcast on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Commentaries : for the audience through infrared headsets and on Internet </li></ul><ul><li>Total audience : over 1,000,000 people (in person and through the Internet) </li></ul><ul><li>The winner becomes </li></ul><ul><li>the ACP Champion </li></ul><ul><li>Pri ze fund : € 150 000 </li></ul>
  10. 10. The ACP World Rapid Cup <ul><li>1st ACP World Rapid Cup -- Odessa, January 2007 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner GM Peter Leko (Hungary) </li></ul><ul><li>2nd ACP World Rapid Cup -- Odessa, January 200 8 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner GM Teimour Radjabov (Azerbaijan) </li></ul><ul><li>3rd ACP World Rapid Cup -- Odessa, May 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Winner GM Boris Gelfand (Israel) </li></ul>
  11. 11. ACP polls <ul><li>The ACP Board systematically collects opinions of chess players on the most topical issues of their professional lives </li></ul><ul><li>Opinion polls can involve both a small number of respondents (i.e. professionals for specific problems) and a large group of chess players </li></ul><ul><li>The ACP Board developed a wide database of contacts </li></ul><ul><li>Provided opinions help the ACP Board to develop recommendations in order to increase the management efficiency in the chess world </li></ul>Open questions encourage respondents to develop their own recommendations and therefore to be involved into the rules-of-law processes of their own professional activity
  12. 12. The ACP in the media <ul><li>The activities of the ACP always attract attention of the chess and mainstream media </li></ul><ul><li>The ACP cooperates actively with the international press; information about the ACP and its activities appeared on the following media platforms: </li></ul><ul><li>Television -- TF1, France 2 (France) Eurovision (International) WDR, ZDF (Germany) ORT, NTV, Canal Sport, TV6 (Russia), numerous channels in Switzerland, Italy, Hungary, Israel, Ukraine etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Radio -- France Info, France Inter (France) New Life (US) Ekho Moskvy (Russia) stations in Germany, Switzerland, Ukraine, Italy, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>International press -- Le Monde, Le Figaro, Le Point, Libération, Agence France Presse (France) The International Herald Tribune, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Associated Press (USA) The Daily Telegraph, The Times, Reuters (UK) Der Spiegel, Frankfurter Allgemeine, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, DPA Press Agency (Germany) Kommersant, Sovietsky Sport, Sport-Express, Izvestia, The Moscow Times, Itar-Tass Press Agency (Russia) Tages Anzeiger, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, La Tribune de Genève ( Switzerland ) El Pais (Spain), The Hindu (India), etc. </li></ul>
  13. 13. ACP Newsletter <ul><li>The main aim of the </li></ul><ul><li>ACP Board Newsletter is </li></ul><ul><li>to inform members on the ongoing processes within the organization </li></ul><ul><li>to establish stable communication between members and the Board </li></ul><ul><li>to provide the official position of the Board on topical issues </li></ul>Only members of the ACP receive the Newsletter; however it is published with delay on the ACP website and is available for general public later on
  14. 14. ACP on the Web <ul><li>The ACP is on Twitter </li></ul><ul><li>http:// twitter.com/acpsecretary </li></ul>Twitter is used as a convenient tool for short announcements and quotes on chess administrative issues, news, players, tournaments etc.   Please, join also the ACP group at Facebook, which is open for all chess professionals and fans http:// www.facebook.com/#!/group.php?gid =313594380772
  15. 15. ACP Board <ul><li>All members of the ACP have the right to be elected as well as to vote for the candidates of the ACP Board. The ACP Board coordinates all the activities of the ACP on a voluntary basis </li></ul><ul><li>Members of the Board are in constant contact with each other using all possible means of communications. About 2-3 times a month there is a common gathering of the Board Members, when the issues are discussed live (over the phone or, if possible, in person). </li></ul><ul><li>The procedure of decision taking within the Board is the following: all crucial decisions go under the vote procedure. In most cases the decisions are taken with the majority of the votes; however, in the most important cases the 2/3 of the supportive votes are needed. </li></ul>
  16. 16. ACP Board <ul><li>Vadim Morokhovsky (39, Ukraine) is the President of the ACP. Vadim is a master candidate in chess and an international organizer. He is the Chairman of the Board of Pivdenny Bank (Odessa, Ukraine), which support the ACP in different projects. </li></ul>The ACP Board is an international team of chess professionals united by the main aims of the organization: to protect the rights of participants in the chess society as well as to promote the game of chess worldwide.
  17. 17. ACP Board <ul><li>Pavel Tregubov (39, Russia) – International Grandmaster since 1994. Best chess performances: European Champion 2000, Russian Team Championship winner 1999, three times French Team Championship winner, winner of the “Pivdenny Cup 2008”. Since 1.01.04 – ACP Board Member, from 1.01.06 to 31.12.07 – ACP President, s ince 1.01.08 – ACP Board Director . Pavel lives in Paris, France. </li></ul>Olena Boytsun (27, Ukraine) is a Women International Master and an author of more than 60 publications on chess subjects. Olena is an economist, novelist and chess promotion researcher. She lives in Kiev and develops the project Marketing and PR for Chess – http:// marketingchess.com Member of the ACP Board since 2008, ACP Secretary General since 01.06.2009
  18. 18. ACP Board Yannick Pelletier (34, Switzerland) – International Grandmaster, became first Swiss-born GM in 2000. 3-time Swiss Champion in 1995, 2000 and 2002. Yannick lives since 2007 in Montpellier, France. Member of the ACP Board since 2004, Technical Director of the ACP Tour since 2006 and ACP Treasurer since 2008. Yannick was also a member of the initiative group which created the ACP in 2003 . Alexandra Kosteniuk (26, Russia) is an International Grandmaster, the current Women’s World Champion and Co-Chairman of the FIDE Women’s Chess Comission. Alexandra develops personal blog on women’s chess at http:// chessblog.com and her personal web-site is http:// kosteniuk.com Member of the ACP Board since 2010
  19. 19. ACP Board <ul><li>Emil Sutovsky (32, Israel) is an International Grandmaster. Emil won a total of nearly 40 International Grandmaster Tournaments and since 2007 is a second of the US Grandmaster Gata Kamsky. Emil is a Member of the ACP Board since 2008. He is a profound bass-baritone singer and an avid Trivia player, a captain of chess team, which participates in quiz tournaments. </li></ul>Elmira Mirzoeva (28, Russia) is a Women International Grandmaster, since 2002. From 1996 Elmira participated in European and World championships and also in International men tournaments. She lives in Moscow and works as sport journalist for the radio-station Mayak as well as TV-channel “NTV+”. She is ACP Board Member since 2008. Elmira’s personal web-site is www.elmirachess.com Sergey Movsesian (31, Slovakia) is an International Grandmaster of Armenian descent who now plays for Slovakia. Sergey is a Member of the ACP Board since 2008. He won international tournaments in Sarajevo (2002 and 2007), 2007 Czech Coal Carlsbad tournament in Karlovy Vary, B-tournament of the Corus Chess Festival in 2008. Sergei loves league play and takes part in team competitions around Europe.
  20. 20. Development – ACP Women Rapid Cup <ul><li>The new project developed by the ACP Board is   </li></ul><ul><li>ACP Women Classics </li></ul><ul><li>analogous to ACP World Rapid Cup </li></ul><ul><li>8 best women players qualify </li></ul><ul><li>t o be hold during 3 days from September to January of the corresponding year </li></ul><ul><li>Current Standings of the ACP Tour : </li></ul><ul><li>http://chess-players.org/eng/tour/tour_2009/standings_wom.html </li></ul>M in imum pri z e fund 20,000 € The winner of ACP Women Classics 2007/2008 IM Viktorija Cmilyte (Lithuania)
  21. 21. Development – ACP Women Rapid Cup <ul><li>The 1 st ACP World Women Rapid Cup was held in Rixos Hotel, Konya, Turkey from November 30th to December 4th 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>In cooperation with Turkish Chess Federation </li></ul><ul><li>12 strong female players </li></ul><ul><li>games were played under the 'Corsican rule' (draw offer is forbidden) </li></ul><ul><li>final rapid tournament of the ACP Women Series 2008/09 ( ended on July 1st 2009) </li></ul><ul><li>http :// www.chess-players.org / eng / tour /tour_2008/ rules_wom.html </li></ul><ul><li>Web-site : http://womenrapid2009.tsf.org.tr/ </li></ul>The winner of the 1 st ACP Women Rapid Cup GM Alexandra Kosteniuk and the President of the Turkish Chess Federation Ali Nihat YAZICI
  22. 22. Contacts <ul><li>http://chess-players.org </li></ul><ul><li>Board Director </li></ul><ul><li>Pavel Tregubov [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Secretary General </li></ul><ul><li>Olena Boytsun [email_address] </li></ul>Prepared by Olena Boytsun for Association of Chess Professionals © 20 10