Anna and Mariya Muzychuk will not play in the third leg of the Grand Prix

by Johannes Fischer
3/23/2023 – On March 24, the third of four tournaments in the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2022/2023 will begin in New Delhi, India. Twelve players will compete, but the two Ukrainian grandmasters Anna and Mariya Muzychuk have decided not to take part, presumably because Kateryna Lagno, Polina Shuvalova and Aleksandra Goryachkina, who are members of the Russian Chess Federation but play under the FIDE flag, will be among the participants in New Delhi. | Photo: ChessBase

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A major setback

A total of 16 players will take part in the Women's Grand Prix Series 2022-23, each playing three of four WGP tournaments.

Each WGP tournament is a single round-robin with 12 participants. Each player will be awarded WGP points according to her performance in each tournament; the winner of the WGP series will be the player who has scored the most points in all three WGP tournaments in which she has participated.

The total prize money for each of the four tournaments is €80,000, with a further €80,000 distributed among the top 8 overall Grand Prix Series finishers.

After the tournaments in Astana and Munich, the FIDE Grand Prix in New Delhi is the third in the series. Anna and Mariya Muzychuk were present at the Grand Prix in Munich, but they did not play in Astana. By not taking part in New Delhi, the two Ukrainian grandmasters, who fled their homeland after the Russian invasion of Ukraine and now live in Spain, will therefore play at most two (and not three like the other 16 participants in the Women’s Grand Prix) of the four Grand Prix tournaments.

To replace Anna and Mariya Muzychuk, Nino Batsiashvili and Vaishali Rameshbabu have been nominated for the New Delhi tournament.

Overall standings - Women’s Grand Prix series

Rank Country Name Astana Munich New-Delhi Leg 4 Points
1   Kosteniuk, Alexandra 90 160     250
2   Zhu, Jiner 110 65     175
3   Lagno, Kateryna 160 -     160
4   Abdumalik, Zhansaya 80 65     145
5-6   Goryachkina, Aleksandra 130 -     130
5-6   Koneru, Humpy - 130     130
7   Tan, Zhongyi 60 65     125
8   Dzagnidze, Nana - 110     110
9   Paehtz, Elisabeth 30 65     95
10   Dronavalli, Harika - 90     90
11   Wagner, Dinara 60 10     70
12-13   Vaishali, Rameshbabu 60 -     60
12-13   Kashlinskaya, Alina 30 30     60
14   Muzychuk, Mariya - 40     40
15   Assaubayeva, Bibisara 30 -     30
16   Muzychuk, Anna - 20     20
17   Shuvalova, Polina 10 -     10

Participants - New Delhi GP

GM Aleksandra Goryachkina 2576
GM Koneru Humpy 2576
GM Kateryna Lagno 2560
GM Nana Dzagnidze 2525
GM Dronavalli Harika 2511
GM Zhansaya Abdumalik 2497
GM Nino Batsiashvili 2489
WGM Zhu Jiner 2489
IM Polina Shuvalova 2484
GM Elisabeth Pähtz 2474
IM Bibissara Assaubajeva 2440
IM Rameshbabu Vaishali 2433


Johannes Fischer was born in 1963 in Hamburg and studied English and German literature in Frankfurt. He now lives as a writer and translator in Nürnberg. He is a FIDE-Master and regularly writes for KARL, a German chess magazine focusing on the links between culture and chess. On his own blog he regularly publishes notes on "Film, Literature and Chess".