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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Women's chess grand prix starts off with major upsets in Doha, Qatar

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Hello everyone,

The Sixth Women's Chess Grand Prix event started in Doha with quite a few upsets today. Here are the first round results.

  • Chiburdanidze, Maia (GEO) Munguntuul, B. (MGL) 0-1
  • Cramling, Pia (SWE) Mkrtchian, Lilit (ARM) ½-½
  • Fierro, Martha (ECU) Zhu Chen (QAT) 1-0
  • Koneru, Humpy (IND) Dzagnidze, Nana (GEO) 0-1
  • Sebag, Marie (FRA) Danielian, Elina (ARM) 0-1
  • Stefanova, Antoaneta (BUL) Xu Yuhua (CHN) 0-1

Standing up for the national anthem of Qatar.

The participants of the event include four former Women World Champions: Xu Yuhua, Maia Chiburdanidze, Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhu Chen and the fifth one – Nona Gaprindashvili – is a Head of the Appeal Committee. The winner of the tournament will receive 6,500 Euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 Euros and the overall winner of the series will win a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series.
The official tournament website is

Meanwhile, here are two first round games. Quite thrilling games really. Enjoy. Our new game player works great on iPads, iPhones, regular browsers... you name it. Send us messages in case of any difficulty.

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