Women's Grand Prix starts in Dilijan

6/17/2013 – The second leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix cycle 2013-2014 is taking place from June 16 to 28 2013, with twelve top players, two of them reigning or former Women's World Champions (and nine with full GM titles). After a beautiful opening extravagenza there were two decisive games in the first round, and some interesting missed chances. Big illustrated opening report.

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The second event of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix cycle 2013-2014 is taking place from June 16th to 28th in Dilijan, Armenia. Twelve players, with the average elo of 2505, are competing in a round robin tournament. The event is organized by the Armenian Chess Federation & FIDE. The Grand Prix cycle will produce the participants for the Women’s World Championship 2015.

Dilijan, Armenia


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Dilijan is a spa town in the Tavush Province and one of the most important resorts of Armenia, situated in Dilijan National Park. The forested and reclusive city is home to numerous Armenian artists, composers, and filmmakers and features some traditional Armenian architecture.

The Aghstev river with its tributaries gives peculiar charm to the general town landscape

The Sharambeyan street in the centre, has been preserved and maintained as an "old town," complete with craftsman's workshops, a gallery and a museum. The city's population is steadily declining from the 23,700 reported in 1989 to an estimated 15,600 in 2009, but the Armenian government is planning to turn Dilijan into a regional financial capital, beginning with the move of much of the Central Bank's operations to Dilijan in 2013. [Source: Wikipedia]

The participants

The Women's Grand Prix in Dilijan has nine grandmasters, one International Master and two women grandmasters, making it one of the strongest women events of all time. Dilijan also sees the participation of current Women's World Champion Anna Ushenina as well as former World Champion Antoaneta Stefanova. The average rating for the tournament is 2505. 

No.
Name
Title
Country
Rating
w-rank
1
Koneru, Humpy
GM
IND
2597
2
2
Muzychuk, Anna
GM
SLO
2593
4
3
Dzagnidze, Nana
GM
GEO
2550
6
4
Khotenashvili, Bela
IM
GEO
2531
9
5
Stefanova, Antoaneta
GM
BUL
2531
10
6
Kosintseva, Tatiana
GM
RUS
2526
13
7
Cmilyte, Viktorija
GM
LTU
2511
16
8
Ushenina, Anna
GM
UKR
2499
18
9
Harika, Dronavalli
GM
IND
2492
20
10
Danielian, Elina
GM
ARM
2475
28
11
Girya, Olga
WGM
RUS
2436
46
12
Batchimeg Tuvshintugs
WGM
MGL
2316

Opening ceremony

The grand opening of the Women's Grand Prix was attended by the Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan and FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, who in his speech expressed the hope that in the near future Dilijan will become a chess town "like our favorite resort town of Jermuk".

Armenian Prime Minister Tigran Sargsyan, FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and Armenian GM and organiser Smbat Lputian

Tigran Sargsyan reminded the guests that "Chess has almost become a lifestyle in our country thanks to world champion Tigran Petrosian. This Grand Prix is just held under this aegis because exactly 50 years ago, Tigran Petrosian was crowned as the 9th world champion, fostering nationwide enthusiasm over common ideals."

The twelve participants in the FIDE Grand Prix at the opening ceremony – let's see if we can get them right: Viktorija Cmilyte, Harika Dronavalli, Nana Dzagnidze, Anna Ushenina, Olga Girya, Elina Danielian, Tatiana Kosintseva, Batchimeg Tuvshintugs, Koneru, Humpy, Bela Khotenashvili, Antoaneta Stefanova, Anna Muzychuk.

Spectacular presentation at the opening of the Women's Grand Prix

The drawing of lots was also conducted as a costumed presentation

Antoaneta Stefanova gets the start numer nine

The ceremony ends with celebratory fireworks on the stage

Round one report

The first round of the Women Grand Prix in Dilijan saw two decisive games:

Third seed GM Nana Dzagnidze, above right, outplayed bottom seed WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs

Nana Dzagnidze and Batchimeg Tuvshintugs in the press conference after the game

... while Tatiana Kosintseva of Russia (above right) defeated Bela Khotenashvili...

... after the Georgian IM (left) overlooked a clear win and later blundered a pawn

Indian GMs Harika Dronavalli and Koneru Humpy discuss their game in which Harika was pressing and missed clear wins

Round 1: Sunday, June 16 2013 at 15:00
WGM Girya Olga 2436
½-½
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
0-1
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
½-½
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
GM Danielian Elina 2475
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
½-½
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
1-0
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531

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The playing hall of the Women's Grand Prix in Dilijan

Organisers and dignitaries in front of a Christian painting in the Grand Prix venue

The Armenian Apostolic Church is the world's oldest national church and one of the most ancient Christian communities. Armenia was the first country to adopt Christianity as its official religion in AD 301, and the Armenian Apostolic Orthodox Church claims to trace its origins to the missions of Apostles Bartholomew and Thaddeus in the 1st century.

Schedule and results

Round 1: Sunday, June 16 2013 at 15:00
WGM Girya Olga 2436
½-½
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
0-1
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
½-½
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
GM Danielian Elina 2475
½-½
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
½-½
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
1-0
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
Round 2: Monday, June 17 2013 at 15:00
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
-
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
-
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
-
GM Danielian Elina 2475
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
-
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
WGM Girya Olga 2436
-
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
Round 3: Tuesday, June 18 2013 at 15:00
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
-
WGM Girya Olga 2436
GM Danielian Elina 2475
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
-
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
-
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
Round 4: Friday, June 21 2013 at 15:00
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
-
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
-
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
-
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
WGM Girya Olga 2436
-
GM Danielian Elina 2475
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
-
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
Round 5: Saturday, June 22 2013 at 15:00
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
GM Danielian Elina 2475
-
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
-
WGM Girya Olga 2436
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
-
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
Round 6: Sunday, June 23 2013 at 15:00
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
-
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
-
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
WGM Girya Olga 2436
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
-
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
-
GM Danielian Elina 2475
Round 7: Monday, June 24 2013 at 15:00
GM Danielian Elina 2475
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
-
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
-
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
-
WGM Girya Olga 2436
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
-
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
Round 8: Tuesday, June 26 2013 at 15:00
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
-
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
WGM Girya Olga 2436
-
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
-
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
GM Danielian Elina 2475
-
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
Round 9: Wednesday, June 27 2013 at 15:00
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
-
GM Danielian Elina 2475
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
-
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
-
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
-
WGM Girya Olga 2436
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
Round 10: Thursday, June 28 2013 at 15:00
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
-
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
WGM Girya Olga 2436
-
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
-
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
-
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
GM Danielian Elina 2475
-
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
-
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
Round 11: Friday, June 16 2013 at 15:00
GM Kosintseva Tatiana 2526
-
GM Cmilyte Viktorija 2511
IM Khotenashvili Bela 2531
-
GM Ushenina Anna 2499
GM Muzychuk Anna 2593
-
GM Danielian Elina 2475
GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2531
-
GM Harika Dronavalli 2492
GM Koneru Humpy 2597
-
WGM Batchimeg Tuvshintugs 2316
GM Dzagnidze Nana 2550
-
WGM Girya Olga 2436

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