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About ACP Tour

The ACP Tour is a unique system that unites more than 100 international chess tournaments annually all over the world.The main idea of the ACP Tour is to encompass the most important chess tournaments regardless of their format in a unified 12-month season. Participants in the events receive points according to the rating system developed by the ACP. Chess players who earn the highest number of points during the ACP Tour season are eligible to participate in the ACP Cup. The ACP Cup winner is declared the winner of the ACP season.

Only the most significant international competitions and the strongest national leagues are involved in the ACP Tour. Players earn points only for their personal performance and team results are not counted. The number of games played and other factors are also taken into account. Similar models for determining the level of seasonal performances are successfully used in tennis and golf, but in chess the creation of a unified system has been hampered by the fact that the major tournaments vary considerably in format, and are performed with different time controls. The Association of Chess Professionals however managed to develop and implement a balanced system for computing the rankings, which received recognition among professionals and organizers.

The first ACP-Tour started on 1 July 2004 and ended 30 June 2005. At the end of the 7th edition (2010-2011), the ACP Board decided to delay the 8th edition of the ACP Tour so that its season coincides with the beginning and the end of the calendar year. This will make it easier for organizers, participants and sponsors to plan their participation in the Tour, apart from streamlining administrative and organizational aspects of the ACP Cup.

Benefits of the ACP Tour

ACP Tour – Benefits for organizers
1) The tournament becomes a part of the prestigious international system of the ACP Tour.
2) For members of the ACP, tournament inclusion in the ACP Tour becomes one of the key factors for deciding about participation.
3) The ACP provides additional opportunities to spread information about the tournament and its results.
 
ACP Tour – Benefits for players

Rules for the ACP Tour 2017

The ACP Tour is a tournament circuit organized by the ACP, which regroups the most important tournaments in the world during a one-year chess season. Players taking part in these events gain points according to a ranking system devised by the ACP. Once the season is over, the best players are qualified for a final event, called the ACP Cup.
Events played at both classical and rapid time-controls will be counted, albeit with an inferior coefficient for rapid events compared to classical ones.

Rules for the ACP Women Series 2017

The ACP Women Series is a tournament circuit organized by the ACP, which regroups the most important tournaments in the world where women take part during a one-year chess season. Players taking part in these events gain points according to a ranking system devised by the ACP.
Events played at both classical and rapid time-controls will be counted, albeit with an inferior coefficient for rapid events compared to classical ones.

Winners ACP Tour

2004-2005: V. Anand
2005-2006: L. Aronian
2006-2007: D. Yakovenko
2007-2008: V. Ivanchuk
2008-2009: L. Aronian
2009-2010: V. Ivanchuk
2010-2011: V. Ivanchuk
2012: F. Caruana
2013: F. Caruana
2014: F. Caruana
2015: M. Vachier-Lagrave
2016: F. Caruana

Winners ACP Women Series

2007-2008: V. Cmilyte
2008-2009: A. Stefanova
2009-2010: T. Kosintseva
2010-2011: N. Kosintseva
2012: Y. Hou
2013: H. Kuneru
2014: V. Gunina
2015: M. Muzychuk
2016: W. Ju

Standings Men

Standings Women