Sixth FIDE Women's Grand Prix to start in Ankara

9/15/2012 – Only five days passed since the Chess Olympiad in Istanbul and Turkey is hosting another big international chess event: the sixth and final stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2011-2012. The first round is on Sunday, on the evening before there was a gala dinner in the Goksu Lokantasi restaurant, and during it the drawing of lots. We bring you pictures, information, schedule and pairings.

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From 15th to 29th September 2012 the sixth Women's Grand Prix will take place in Ankara, the capital of Turkey and the country’s second largest city after Istanbul. This is the last of the 2011–2012 series of elite events organised by FIDE and Global Chess. The winner of each tournament takes home 6,500 Euros, the total prize fund is 40,000 Euros. The overall winner will get a further 15,000 Euros at the end of the series, and qualifies to challenge the Women's World Champion in 2013 (see below).

Participants and schedule of the 2012 Women's Grand Prix in Ankara

No.
Name
Title
Fed
Rtg
1
Muzychuk, Anna
GM
UKR
2606
2
Koneru, Humpy
GM
IND
2593
3
Zhao, Xue
GM
CHN
2549
4
Ju, Wenjun
WGM
CHN
2528
5
Kosintseva, Tatiana
GM
RUS
2524
6
Cmilyte, Viktorija
GM
LTU
2520
7
Stefanova, Antoaneta
GM
BUL
2502
8
Ruan, Lufei
WGM
CHN
2492
9
Socko, Monika
GM
POL
2463
10
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag
IM
MGL
2434
11
Yildiz, Betul Cemre
WGM
TUR
2341
12
Ozturk, Kubra
WGM
TUR
2294
 
1st day: Arrivals, Opening 15.09.2012
2nd day: Round 1 16.09.2012
3rd day: Round 2 17.09.2012
4th day: Round 3 18.09.2012
5th day: Round 4 19.09.2012
6th day: Free day 20.09.2012
7th day: Round 5 21.09.2012
8th day: Round 6 22.09.2012
9th day: Round 7 23.09.2012
10th day: Round 8 24.09.2012
11th day: Free day 25.09.2012
12th day: Round 9 26.09.2012
13th day Round 10 27.09.2012
14th day: Round 11, Closing 28.09.2012

Starting time of the games is 15:00h (check your local time here). The final round starts five hours earlier – at 10:00 a.m. local time. A full shedule with all pairings is given at the bottom of the page.

During the technical meeting the Chief Arbiter Ozgur Salokoglu drew the attention of the participants to the “no-draw offer” and "zero tolerance" rules. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the chief arbiter in the cases of the triple-repetition of the position, perpetual check, in case of theoretically drawn position and the 50 moves rule. Nona Gaprindashvili and Nana Alexandria will be the Technical Adviser and the Head of Appeal Committee respectively.

Pictures from the opening reception

The welcome dinner was attended by FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice-President and President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici, FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev, Suat Sözen, the corporate communications Manager of Türkiye Is Bankasi, former women's world champions Nona Gaprindashvili and Nana Alexandria, as well as other guests and of course the players.

Ali Nihat Yazici(above right) welcomed participants and honorary guests and thanked the government of Türkiye Is Bankasi for their great support. FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked the board of TCF, the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici, the sponsor Is Bankasi for the organization of the sixth stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Ankara.


A grand dinner for all the players, family members and trainers


Secrets? Second seed Humpy Koneru, with her mother (left) and Monika Socko


GMs Viktorija Cmilyte, Antoaneta Stefanova and top seed Anna Muzychuk


The Chinese are there! WGM Ju Wenjun, GM Zhao Xue, WGM Ruan Lufei


The Turkish players WGMs Kubra Ozturk and Betül Cemre Yildiz


The Chief Arbiter conducted the drawing of colors –
Betül got the five...


... and the youngest player (with the most diacritics), Kübra Öztürk, the three


Good spirits: FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov

Pictures by Anastasiya Karlovich, courtesy FIDE


Current Women's Grand Prix standings

Grand prix points were then allocated according to each player's final standing in a tournament: 160 grand prix points for first place, 130 for second place, 110 for third place, and then 90 down to 10 points by steps of 10. In case of a tie in points the grand prix points are shared evenly by the tied players. Players only counted their best three tournament results. The player with the most grand prix points is the winner.

Player
Title
Rost.
Shen.
Nalc.
Kaz.
Jerm.
Anka.
Best 3
Hou Yifan
GM
160
160
100
160
480
Anna Muzychuk
GM
100
130
145
375
Kateryna Lahno
GM
130
80
50
110
320
Koneru Humpy
GM
65
145
110
320
Ju Wenjun
GM
100
130
75
305
Zhao Xue
GM
75
160
60
295
Nadezhda Kosintseva
GM
80
55
35
110
245
Viktorija Cmilyte
GM
35
100
100
235
Tatiana Kosintseva
GM
100
55
60
215
Ruan Lufei
WGM
30
75
75
180
Elina Danielian
GM
45
50
75
45
170
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  
IM
20
20
100
30
150
Antoaneta Stefanova
GM
45
55
35
135
Alisa Galliamova
IM
65
30
20
115
Tan Zhongyi
WGM
100
100
Munguntuul Batkhuyag
IM
60
20
20
100
Alexandra Kosteniuk
GM
10
10
75
95
Zhu Chen
GM
35
55
90
Lilit Mkrtchian
IM
45
45
Betul Cemre Yildiz
WGM
10
10
20
Nino Khurtsidze
IM
10
10

The current Women's World Champion Hou Yifan has already won the Grand Prix three times and collected 3x160=480 points. She cannot be caught by any of the other players, and thus has already qualified as challenger for the 2013 World Championship. Should Yifan win the 2012 64-player Women's World Championship tournament in Khanty-Mansiysk (9 November to 3 December 2012) then the runner-up of the current Women's Grand Prix cycle will be her challenger in the 2013 Championship. Muzychuk, Humpy, Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue are the only players in contention for this slot.

Schedule and results of the Sixth Grand Prix in Ankara

Round one: Sunday September 16, 2012 at 15:00h
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
Round two: Monday September 17, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
Round three: Tuesday September 18, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
Round four: Wednesday September 19, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
Round five: Friday September 21, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
Round six: Saturday September 22, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
Round seven: Sunday September 23, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
Round eight: Monday September 24, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
Round nine: Wednesday September 26, 2012 at 15:00h
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
Round ten: Thursday September 27, 2012 at 15:00h
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
-
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434
-
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
-
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
GM Socko Monika
2463
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
-
GM Zhao Xue
2549
Round eleven: Friday September 28, 2012 at 10:00h
GM Zhao Xue
2549
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana
2524
GM Stefanova Antoaneta
2502
-
WGM Yildiz Betul Cemre
2341
GM Koneru Humpy
2593
-
GM Socko Monika
2463
GM Cmilyte Viktorija
2520
-
WGM Ozturk Kubra
2294
WGM Ruan Lufei
2492
-
GM Muzychuk Anna
2606
WGM Ju Wenjun
2528
-
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag
2434

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