An interesting event is taking place in Amsterdam, the ACP Golden Classic. What's so "classic" about it? Two things: the time control, and the use of adjournments. It's 1990 all over again! Just like the good old days - or the bad old days, depending on your view - the players have two and half luxurious hours to make their first 40 moves, and at the end of five hours play the game is adjourned. Subsequent time controls are 16 moves per hour, repeating forever if necessary.
Needless to say, FIDE will have nothing to do with this - the event won't be rated. I'm inclined to suggest that they resent the high quality of play that's likely to result, but it's more likely a specific objection to adjournments. Nevertheless, the show will go on (and has), and features an impressive cast of characters. Here are the pairings and results for round 1:
- Gata Kamsky (2744) - Le Quang Liem (2693) 1-0
- Vassily Ivanchuk (2769) - Baadur Jobava (2730) 1-0
- Krishnan Sasikiran (2707) - Anna Muzychuk (2606) 0-1
- Emil Sutovsky (2687) - Bye
Ironically, none of the first round games were adjourned.