Press Release: FIDE Women Grand Prix Starts in Istanbul Print
Monday, 23 February 2009 07:39
ustresimThe second edition of women's super tournament İş Bank Atatürk Women Masters Tournament is going to be held as the first event of the Women Grand Prix series 2009/2010 organized by FIDE and Global Chess BV from 6 to 20 March 2009 in İş Bank Art Gallery, İstanbul. You can find the press release below.


The Turkish Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE and Global Chess is organising the first event for the new Women Grand Prix series 2009/2010. The tournament will be held in Istanbul, Turkey beginning on the 6th of March 2009. It will also be the second in a series organised by the Turkish Chess Federation commemorating the founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.

In conjunction with the tournament, the organisers will show their customary hospitality and will be hosting the FIDE Presidential Board for the 1st Quarter meeting of 2009 from 5-8 March. The sponsor of the event is Türkiye İş Bankası.

The event will be held in İş Sanat Gallery (İş Bankası Art Gallery) on the entrance floor of İş Bank Towers in İstanbul. Opening Ceremony will be held on the 41st floor of İş Bank Towers which is the highest place of İstanbul and Southern Europe. İş Bankası is the corporate sponsor of the Turkish Chess Federation and supports the "Turkish Chess in School Curriculum" for the last four years.

The Turkish Chess Federation is one of the most active national Federations and has already organised in 2009 the Mediterranean Championships and the Turkish Youth Championships with 996 players.

Turkey has also host some other prestigious FIDE tournaments this year including the World Men's Team Championship, the World Youth Championships and the world U-16 Olympiad.  TCF is granted to host the 2012 World Chess Olympiad İstanbul, during the 79th FIDE Congress in Dresden on 24th November 2008.

The FIDE Women Grand Prix is a new series of elite tournaments which will be organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be 6 legs over two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year. The next tournament is planned in Nanjing, China at the end of September.

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.

This is the first time that such a series is being organised and is a significant development for the chess world. The introduction of the Grand Prix series means that there will be a World Championship contest annually now from 2010. In that year, the Champion will be determined from the World Championship Knockout which will also be held in Turkey and the following year, 2011, the World Champions will face the Winner of the Grand Prix series 2009/2010 in a match for the title.

This will be one of the strongest women tournaments of all times and it is important to point out that there are three ex-world Champions taking part as well as the highest ranked women players in the world.

The final list of participants (total of 12 players) for İstanbul is :


FIDE ID

NAME

TITLE

CTRY

RATING

5008123

Koneru, Humpy

GM

IND

2621

8602980

Yifan, Hou

GM

CHN

2571

2902257

Stefanova, Antoaneta

GM

BUL

2557

1700030

Cramling, Pia

GM

SWE

2548

617822

Sebag Marie

GM

FRA

2529

13600036

Chiburdanidze, Maia

GM

GEO

2516

8601283

Xue, Zhao

GM

CHN

2508

8600546

Chen, Zhu

GM

QTR

2496

13300210

Danielian, Elina

IM

ARM

2496

8603162

Yang, Shen

WGM

CHN

2448

13401521

Mamedjarova, Zeinab

WGM

AZE

2362

6302920

Yıldız, Betül Cemre

WIM

TUR

2214





Average



2488.8















GM

IM

WGM



POINTS FOR NORM

7.5

5.0

4.5









 
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