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Tuesday, August 2, 2011

First Women's Chess Grand Prix 2011/2012 begins in Rostov

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Hello everyone,

Can you name all the players?

One of the strongest women's chess tournaments has begun. The Chess Federation of Rostov in collaboration with FIDE and Global Chess is organising the first event for the Women's Grand Prix series 2011/2012. The tournament is being in the Don-Plaza Hotel (Rostov-on-Don, Russia) from August 1-15, 2011. The sponsor of the event is Rostov Chess Federation and Rostov Region Government.

The Rostov Chess Federation is one of the most active regional Federations and has already organised 64th Russian Championships - Higher League in 2011, Taganrog (near Rostov) and many other chess events.

The participants of the event include current Women World Champion Hou Yifan, two former Women World champions: Alexandra Kosteniuk and Antoaneta Stefanova as well as challenger in the World Championship Match Humpy Koneru who are all among the highest ranked women players in the world.

Another former Women World champion – Nona Gaprindashvili – is a technical adviser. The FIDE Women Grand Prix is a series of elite tournaments which will be organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be 6 stages over two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year.

The winner of each tournament will win 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. 
Rest days: August 6th (after round 4) and August 11th (after round 8).

You can access the official website at this link for live broadcast of the games.
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