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ACP Newsletter 2012-1

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20 May 2012

Dear members, dear chess friends,

the first four months of 2012 were a very busy time for the ACP. In this newsletter, we are bringing you a summary of the activities performed with a view to informing you about our many accomplishments.
Also we would like to share with you the joy for having achieved an impressive result in these first four months of operation: membership count is now 873, with 80 national federations represented.

Thank you all for your support!

Now, to the news.
 

1) Dzagnidze wins play-offs against Cramling to take the 2012 ACP Women's Cup

From 17 to 21 February, Tbilisi in Georgia was the host city for the ACP Women's Rapid Cup, which sported an impressive lineup of World and Olympic Champions.
After 11 rounds, Dzagnidze from Georgia and Cramling from Sweden emerged as the twin leaders with 8 points, eventually overtaking the early leader Anna Muzychuk (who endend 4th on 7/11). Ukraine's Kateryna Lahno came third with 7.5.
To the delight of local supporters, Nana defeated her more experienced rival in the armageddon game after drawing the first two blitz-playoff games.

The event was attentively followed by many traditional and chess media and was generally very well received. Here you can have a look at a few articles by some very well known chess media: Chessbase, Chessdom, Chessvibes, chess.com, FIDE.
 

2) Announcing the Women's Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championships 2012

Batumi will be the venue for this important event from 30 May to 6 June 2012. The total prize fund is of 100.000 USD, by far the highest prize fund ever for a women rapid chess event (notably the former record was held by another ACP event: the ACP Women Cup 2012).
The event is organized by the Georgian Chess Federation and the ACP, and it is approved by FIDE.
We invite all our female member to take a close look at the regulations published on our website, but we shall also give an extract here below:

Every female player with a rating of 2500+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists as well as all former World Champions and Olympic Champions have the personal right to participate in the Championship and will be provided with full board accommodation in the Sheraton Hotel, Batumi.
On top of that, every national federation can nominate one player for participation in the Championship independently of rating, to which each can add up to five more players, provided they had a rating of 2300+ in one of the official FIDE rating lists in 2012.
All participants should confirm their participation not later than May 1st, 2012.
Further information will be published on the official website of the tournament.

All National Federations are invited to nominate their representatives for this unique event.

The ACP looks forward to welcoming the greatest floor ever for a women event in Batumi!
 

3) Cooperation with FIDE

On Thursday, 19 January, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov met with the newly elected ACP President GM Emil Sutovsky. The meeting took place after preliminary talks between GM E. Sutovsky, FIDE Deputy President Mr. G. Makropoulos and FIDE Vice President Mr. I. Gelfer (all members of the FIDE Commission for the Olympiads and World Championships), in which several issues concerning the relationships between FIDE and the ACP were discussed.
Mr. Ilyumzhinov and GM Sutovsky agreed on the following mutual declaration:
Both parties are striving for a constant dialogue and cooperation regarding all issues, which concern the professional chess.
In this regard, several important points were agreed. For details, please visit our website.

Following that meeting, more ACP-FIDE talks took place, that surely will benefit chess professionals. We will keep you updated!
 

4) Cooperation with continental federations

Following our press release, the ACP kept efforts to obtain special conditions for ACP Members at the Individual European Chess Championship 2012 in Plovdiv (19 March - 1 April) and was successful!
The cost of accommodation for ACP Members lodging in the official hotel was reduced by 5% and the organization fee decreased by 50%.

The ACP has also proposed to change the ECU rule allowing the organisers to charge players not staying at the official hotel with an extra fee. The proposal was already discussed within the ECU Board and will be presented to the ECU General Assembly.
 

5) The new ACP Book of the Year contest

The ACP decided to ask its members to take part in a new initiative: the ACP Book of the year contest. As the representative of the highest possible number of chess professionals, the ACP thinks that its members are fully qualified to identify the best book among those published in 2011 (see our press release here).
We have published on our site a shortlist of the best books published in 2011 and each member has been asked to contribute to the success of the contest by expressing his opinion from 9 to 30 April 2012.
We do value your opinion, so please do not miss to vote for the ACP Book of the Year!
 

6) The new ACP Tournament of the Year contest

We have also asked our members to vote for the best tournament of the year 2011. This is yet another new initiative from the ACP to promote professional chess at all levels!
 

7) The Elite GM Survey

The ACP is liaising with FIDE commissions to prepare a comprehensive survey on the possible introduction of a new GM title. We want to know our members' opinion on this very sensitive issue and we are taking our time to prepare the right set of questions, so as to be able to interpret our members' will in the most effective manner.
 

8) Jeroen van den Berg and Giovanni Vescovi join the ACP Board

Effective 1 April, Jeroen van den Berg of the Netherlands, the long-time director of the Wijk aan Zee and Hoogeveen tournaments, and Giovanni Vescovi, one of the leading Brazilian players, joined the ACP Board. While excited at the possibility of working with Jeroen and Giovanni, the ACP Board wishes to thank Maria Klinova and Evgenij Romanov for their contribution to the ACP in the past three months. Romanov will continue to cooperate with the ACP as Representative for Russia.
 

9) The new ACP logo

The new ACP logo was presented to the public for the first time in a Chessbase article reporting on our first 75 days of action. The new image of the ACP requires also a new logo!
 

10) The new ACP site

Work is in progress to present the ACP site as soon as possible. Stay tuned!
 

REMINDER

We kindly remind you about the following upcoming deadlines:
1. ACP Book of the Year contest - Deadline 30 April
2. ACP Tournament of the Year contest - Deadline 30 April
3. Women's Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championships 2012 - Deadline 1 May

Be sure not to miss the deadlines!

To register to the ACP simply go to: http://www.chess-players.org/eng/member/register.html and fill in the application form.

ACP Board
28 April 2012