ACP MASTERS Ashdod 2015

The players (in rapid rating order)

 

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Vassily Ivanchuk, 2825 Ukraine (born 1969): A world leading player for already more than a quarter of a century. At times No. 2 in the world’s rating list with numerous major tournament victories (or joint victories) including European individual championship 2004; Linares 1989, 1995, 2009; Melody Amber 2010. World blitz championship 2007; Wijk aan zee 1996; Tal memorial Moscow 2008; Biel 1989; Merida 2006; Sao Paulo/ Bilbao 2011; Bucuresti 2012; La Habana 2011, 2012;  ACP Golden Classic Amsterdam 2012; Gibraltar 2014 and a lot more.

Ivanchuk represented USSR and Ukraine in 14 Olympiads, winning 4 times the team gold medal and twice board gold.the Grand Prix in London 2012 and Paris 2013.

Peak rating -2777 (November 2013).

 

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Ian Nepomniachtchi, 2821 Russia (born 1990): European youth champion under-10 (2000); under-12 (2001, 2002); world youth champion under-12 (2002). Major tournament victories: Aeroflot Moscow 2008 and 2015 Individual European championship Rijeka 2010; Russian super -championship 2010 & 2013; World rapid vice champion in 2013 & 2015 and in Blitz 2014.

Peak rating: 2735 (January 2012).

 

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Gadir Guseinov, 2739 Azerbaijan (born 1986): peak rating 2667: European under-10 champion 1994; Major tournament victories: President’s cup Baku 2008; Ugra Governor’s Blitz 2011; Nakhchivan 2013 & 2015; European team champion 2009 & 2013; Fifth in world rapid championship 2013.

Peak rating: 2667 (September 2009).

 

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Richard Rapport, 2736 Hungary (born 1996): In 2010, at the age of 13 years and 11 months he became the youngest Hungarian grandmaster ever.

Major tournament victories: Wijk  aan Zee B 2013; Sigeman & Co Malmö 2013; Deizisau 2013; Paraćin 2014.

Peak rating: 2720 (October 2014).

 

 

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Boris Gelfand, 2713  Israel (born 1968): Winner of  the world cup 2009 and six-time world championship candidate in 2013 (which he won in 2013 to challenge world champion Anand). He played in11 Olympiads, representing once the USSR (team gold medal), twice Belarus and 8 times Israel. Major tournament victories: Wijk aan Zee 1992, Alekhine Memorial 1992, Dos Hermanas 1994; Belgrade 1995; Tilburg and Vienna 1996; Rubinstein memorial 1998, 1999; Pamplona 2004; Bermuda and Biel 2005; Alekhine memorial and Tal memorial 2013; the Grand Prix in Paris  Baku and London (2013) and more.

Peak rating -2777 (November 2013).

 

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Etienne Bacrot, 2700 France (born 1983): Youngest GM ever in 1997 (at 14 years and 4 months), following his victory in Enghien les Beins. Participated 5 times in the world cup qualifying the semi-finals in 2005. Major tournament victories: Youngest French champion (at 16) and 7 times in total. 11/11 in French team championship 2004; Karpov Poikovski 2005; Aeroflot Moscow 2009; Karpov Poikovsky 2011; Represented France in 6 Olympiads.

Peak rating: 2749 (November 2013).

 

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Dimitry Jakovenko, 2700 Russia, (born 1983): World under 18 champion in 2001. Major tournament victories: Saint Vincent 2001; Russian championship Moscow 2006; Karpov Poikovsky 2007; European champion Plovdiv 2012; Karpov Poijovsky 2012; Second in the super final of the Russian championship 2014; Khanti Mansisk (Grand Prix) 2015.

Peak rating: 2760 (January 2009).

 

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Pavel Eljanov, 2680 Ukraine (born 1983):  Major tournament victories: Wijk aan Zee B 2007; Sarajevo 2009; Astrakhan Grand Prix 2010; Politiken Cup  Copenhagen 2010; Aeroflot Moscow 2012; Reykjavik open 2013; Karpov Poikovsky 2013; Chigorin memorial (St. Petersburg 2013); Gashimov memorial B Shamkir 2014 in 2015. He played in 6 Olympiads for Ukraine and won two team gold medals.

Rating peak-2761 (September 2010).

 

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Kirill Georgiev, 2633 Bulgaria(born 1965). World junior champion 1983 (11.5/ 13!); Bulgarian champion 1984, 1986, 1989, 2013 & 2014. He represented successfully his native country in all Olympiads since 1984 mostly on boards 1 and 2 (with the exception of the one of 2002 where he played for Macedonia) winning  quite a few gold and bronze medals also in European team championships, Balkan games and in the European club cup for various teams. Winner or shared first in numerous tournaments notably Sarajevo 1986& 2001 Elenite Burgas 1992& 1995 Budapest zonal 1993, Belgrade 2000, Gibraltar 2005 & 2006, Pamplona 2010, Andorra 2011 etc. At his best Kiril was no.9 in the World in ratings.  In 1988 he reached the semi-finals of the World Blitz Championship, knocking out Garry Kasparov.

Peak rating: 2695(July 2001).

 

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Emil Sutovsky, 2622 Israel (born 1977) : World junior under 20 champion 1996; Major tournament victories: Hastings 2000; European individual championship, Ohrid 2001; Vidmar memorial Portorož 2003; Gibraltar 2005; Aeroflot Moscow 2005;  Inventi Antwerp 2011; Biel open 2015. He Represented Israel in 9 Olympiads. In Khanty Mansisk (2010) he won the gold medal on board two with best Olymiad performance (2895).

Peak rating: 2703 (January 2012).

Since 2011 has been the president of the ACP- Association of chess professional.

 

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Ilya Smirin, 2613 Israel (born 1968): Major tournament victories: Sverdlovsk 1987; First league of USSR championship 1987, 1989; 3 times Israel champion 1992, 1994, 1999; New York open 2000; Dos Hermanas 2001; Acropolis International Athens 2007; Trieste 2012; World open 2014. He represented Israel in 10 Olympiads.

Peak rating: 2702 (July 2001).

 

 

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Sam Sevian, 2546 USA (born 2000): The youngest US grandmaster ever in 2013 at the age of 13 years, 10 months and 27 days. Currently the world’s youngest GM.

World under 12 champion in Maribor 2012; Winner of Los Angeles 2012 and Saint Louis 2014; Best individual result in USA vs. Dallas university match 2015.

Peak rating: 2578 (November 2015).

 

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