became the winner of the
First ACP World Rapid Cup
took place in
Odessa from January 4th to 8th 2007.
The venue was the Hotel Londonskaya. The tournament organisers were the Bank Pivdennyi and the
Association of Chess Professionals. The total prize fund is 136,000 US Dollars. 16
grandmasters participated in Knock-Out tournament. The time control for first 2 games was 20
minutes for the whole game with an increment of 5 seconds per move. For the next two games:
3 min. + 2 sec. and the last game is a sudden deth game.
The competition, organised by bank PIVDENNYJ, is a final stage of the most scale project of the Association since time of its formation in 2003 year - ACP-tour. The cup becomes an unique chess tournament of an elite level which structure is generated on the basis of precise sports selection. The right of participation in the World Cup have received 14 players who have shown the best results in 64 largest tournaments in seasons 2004/2005 and 2005/2006. Three grandmasters of the basic list in view of their refusal of participation were replaced by players who took the highest places in the candidate list.