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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Fide announces Women's Chess Grand-Prix 2011-2012

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Hi everyone,

All you fans of women's chess, here is some nice news. FIDE has announced the Women's Grand-Prix 2011-2012 which will give qualification to the Women's World Championship match 2013. The schedule of the 6 events is the following:

  • 1-15 August 2011, Rostov RUSSIA
  • 1-15 September 2011, Shenzhen CHINA
  • 8-23 October 2011, Nalchik RUSSIA
  • April 2012, Istanbul TURKEY
  • June 2012, Jermuk ARMENIA
  • September 2012, Kazan RUSSIA

The 10 qualifiers up to now are:

01. Hou, Yifan (World Champion 2010)
02. Ruan, Lufei (finalist world championship 2010)
03. Koneru, Humpy (semi-finalist world championship 2010)
04. Zhao, Xue (semi-finalist world championship 2010)
05. Kosintseva, Tatiana (by rating)
06. Stefanova, Antoaneta (by rating)
07. Kosintseva, Nadezhda (by rating)
08. Muzychuk, Anna (by rating)
09. Lahno, Kateryna (by rating)
10. Cmilyte, Viktorija (by rating)
plus 6 nominees, one from the each organiser.
The 12th Women's World Chess Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk has been invited to play in the Grand Prix.
The full regulations of the Women's Grand-Prix 2011-2012 are published here.

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