From "An Interesting Idea" To "A Cheap PR": Different Reaction on the Adjournment of the Games in the Tournament Organized By the ACP (Updated)

Время публикации: 29.06.2012 22:11 | Последнее обновление: 01.07.2012 16:22

The unusual tournament organized by the Association of Chess Professionals is getting a background as in the commentaries to Emil Sutovsky's interview (who talked on the air of our radio), so on other Internet sources. As we've already reported the tournament is planned to be held in Amsterdam from July 14th-22nd; it will gather 7 GMs, the time control will be 2.5 hours for 40 moves after which the players will be able to adjourn the game.

Sutovsky being not only an organizer of the event, but as its participant thinks that this unusual regulations will only attract more spectators. "Let's consider it as a try to prove that the scientific part of chess hasn't disappeared, so all those - goals, points, seconds, - aren't the only attractive components in chess. That means the players will be able to sit and spent 40 minutes on a move in order to create a plan, not like in today's usual games - 15 minutes for a move two times and you're already in a time trouble."

In Sutovsky's opinion there still are positions which can't be entirely calculated by the computers after 40 moves have been made. 

GM Pavel Eljanov thinks the ACP's idea is very interesting. "But it would be even more interesting if the players wouldn't be allowed to use computers, - the Ukrainian wrote on his Twitter page. - That could be done by placing the participants in the rooms with a 24-hours video surveillance. So, that would be like in reality shows Big Brother or Dom-2."

English journalist and writer Steve Giddins supports the idea “wholeheartedly”. He writes: “Adjournments were abolished pretty universally some 20 years ago, at the behest of idiots and cultural vandals, who employed the absurd argument that the advent of computers meant that "the player with the best computer will win […] So, hats off to the ACP for this splendid return to traditional values.” – he concluded.  

When the adjournment was canceled, the current Champion of Israel 20-year-old Danny Raznikov was still a baby, however, he expressed his support to the idea regretting he won’t be able to participate in the Open which is scheduled to be held in Amsterdam. 

Mikhail Golubev notes that the experimental temporary tournaments usually enliven the chess world. He adds: "When the adjournment of the games was canceled  - probably not only because of the possible computer preparation (although, some of the GMs actively used computers in their preparation, while others didn't), but this decision was also made because the adjournment looked as a certain anachronism." 

One of the most active defenders of "slow" chess with the classical time control Mikhail Krasenkov said he's not experiencing nostalgia towards the proposed time control. "That is not the essence of the classical chess," - he says.

Alexei Shirov wasn't impressed by the idea: "Nowadays, I don't see any fundamental difference between the adjournment of the game and registering the result, however, anything can happen even after 40 moves."

Andrei Deviatkin disagrees with Shirov. “The adjournment is still not equal to adjudication: firstly, you have to remember all those computer analysis (with all the variations and continuations), secondly, there are positions in which computers are still weaker than the leading world grandmasters and finally, human factor can change it all (from banal laziness to dislike for cramming and so on). Anyways, “the proof of the pudding is in the eating”; let the tournament start and then time will show.” 

The coach Aleksander Schetinin is quite harsh in his assessment, "It's a strange idea to do adjournments, I would call it remnants of socialism (anachronism). They should just take a computer and play advanced chess from move one. Or, hasn't someone played enough adjournments at the time... and now they want to re-live 'exciting' analytical feelings once again? I had a higher opinion about the ACP's activities. Perhaps, the ACP union has already done everything to A) improve the image of chess, B) attract sponsors, C) protect players' rights, D) help chess professionals who are in need (old and sick)... and there's absolutely nothing left to do?!"

The President of ECU Silvio Danailov was most radical in his opinion: "This is the most stupid idea I've ever heard. Some people are crazy for some cheap PR. Come on, how long we can stand this nonsense?"


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