Ju Wenjun wins Teheran Women's Grand Prix Print
Wednesday, 24 February 2016 07:09
Ju Wenjun

Ju Wenjun wins the Women's Grand Prix in Teheran, Iran.

The eleventh and last round was as dramatic as the previous ones, with no less than four decisive games and two 'amiable' results. By drawing with White against Harika Dronavalli, Ju Wenjun ensured the tournament win as the other co-leader, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, lost to Natalia Zhukova with White, thus dropping on the second position.
The other Chinese player occupied the remaining place on the podium after drawing with Black against Valentina Gunina. The game between the two former leaders, Natalija Pogonina and Nana Dzagnidze ended with the former's win and both players finished on a shared 4th-5th.
As for the other hard fought matches: Humpy Koneru – Antoaneta Stefanova and Pia Cramling – Nino Batsiashvili, they did not cause any major changes in the classification. Read more here

Round 11 Results

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 0 - 1 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 5
8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 1 - 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 4
9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 0 - 1 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 3
10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2506 2
11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1

R11-51

Final ranking
   
Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½
2 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7
3 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN ½ 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7
4 8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 1
5 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1
6 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 6
7 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
8 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1
9 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½
10 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 0 4
11 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½
12 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ *

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R10-19


The abrupt changes in classification initiated in the previous rounds culminated in round 10 with a double castling at the top. Both leaders Dzagnidze and Zhao Xue lost with White against their nearest trailers, Ju Wenjun and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh respectively. In the third decisive game of the day, Natalia Zhukova defeated with White Natalija Pogonina, after carrying out an elegant tactic. Nino Batsiashvili - Humpy Koneru, Antoaneta Stefanova - Valentina Gunina and Harika Dronavalli - Pia Cramling ended in draws. After ten rounds, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Ju Wenjun share the lead with 7 points, trailed by Nana Dzagnidze and Zhao Xue with 6,5.

Round 10 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 ½ - ½ GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 0 - 1 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 1 - 0 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 0 - 1 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 ½ - ½ GM Cramling Pia 2521 6

R10

Standings after Round 10

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN * ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 ½ ½   1 1 ½ 7
2 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½   1 ½ ½ 1 1 7
3 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN ½ 0 * ½ 1 0 1   1 1 ½ 1
4 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO 0 ½ ½ *   ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1
5 8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS ½ ½ 0   * 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 1
6 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND 0 ½ 1 ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½   ½ 5
7 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR ½   0 0 1 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½
8 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS ½ 0   0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 4
9 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND   ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4
10 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE 0 ½ 0 1 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½   4
11 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL 0 0 ½ 0 1   ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½
12 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½   ½ *

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R9-1


The second rest day did not have the same effect on all the players. Some of them returned to the chess board with renewed forces, while others seemed to be taken out of their rhythm. Round 9 maintained the high percentage of decisive games (4 with 2 draws) and marked some spectacular changes in the top configuration.

Nana Dzagnidze lost an important point with Black against Pia Cramling and was caught up by Zhao Xue who won with Black against the former leader, Natalija Pogonina. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh obtained her first GM norm by defeating Antoaneta Stefanova with White and Humpy Koneru reached the floating level 50% by winning her second Tartakower QG against Valentina Gunina. Ju Wenjun - Natalia Zhukova and Harika Dronavalli - Nino Batsiashvili ended in draws after fierce defence from Black in the former and White in the latter.

The tournament has two leaders, Zhao Xue and Nana Dzagnidze, both on 6.5/9, being trailed by half a point by Ju Wenjun and Sarasadat Khademalsharieh.

Round 9 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 ½ - ½ IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 1 - 0 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 4
7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 ½ - ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 3
8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2506 2
9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1
10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 0 - 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11

R9-12

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN * ½ ½   1 0 1   1 1 ½ 1
2 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO ½ *   ½   ½ 0 1 1 1 1 1
3 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN ½   * ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½   1 ½ 6
4 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI   ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1   ½ 1 1 6
5 8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS 0   ½ ½ * 1 1 ½   1 0 1
6 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND 1 ½ 0 ½ 0 * ½ 1 ½ ½    
7 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE 0 1 0 ½ 0 ½ * 0 1   ½  
8 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS   0 ½ 0 ½ 0 1 * 0 ½   1
9 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR 0 0 ½     ½ 0 1 * ½ ½ ½
10 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND 0 0   ½ 0 ½   ½ ½ * 1 ½
11 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL ½ 0 0 0 1   ½   ½ 0 * ½ 3
12 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO 0 0 ½ 0 0     0 ½ ½ ½ * 2

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R8-10


The high rate of decisive games (four, with only two draws) persisted in round 8, but the same applies to the frequency of time troubles and the inherent inaccuracies, mistakes and on board upside downs. The central result was Nana Dzagnidze's win with White against Harika Dronavalli, converting the Georgian into sole leader with a margin of a full point.

Antoaneta Stefanova obtained her first victory in the tournament against Natalija Pogonina, causing the Russian to drop on a shared 2nd-4th. Natalia Zhukova - Pia Cramling and Nino Batsiashvili - Valentina Gunina ended in wins for Black. The short draw in the Chinese derby Zhao Xue - Ju Wenjun allowed both players catching up with Natalija Pogonina. The other draw of the day was Humpy Koneru - Sarasadat Khademalsharieh.

Round 8 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 0 - 1 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10
11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 ½ - ½ IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1 - 0 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 ½ - ½ GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 0 - 1 GM Cramling Pia 2521 6
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 5

R8-25

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO * ½     ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1   1
2 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN ½ *   ½     0 1 1 ½ 1 1
  8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS     * ½ ½ ½ 1 1   0 1 1
4 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN   ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1     1 1 ½
5 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI ½   ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½     ½ 1 5
6 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS 0   ½ ½ 0 *   ½ 0   1 1
7 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND ½ 1 0 0 ½   * ½ ½   ½  
8 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND 0 0 0   ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1     3
9 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR 0 0       1 ½ ½ * ½ 0 ½ 3
10 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL 0 ½ 1 0       0 ½ * ½ ½ 3
11 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE   0 0 0 ½ 0 ½   1 ½ *  
12 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO 0 0 0 ½ 0 0     ½ ½   *



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R7-14


The seventh round offered a great, even though far from flawless, spectacle with five decisive games and only one draw, the record of militancy so far. The situation at the top remains intact as both leaders, Natalija Pogonina and Nana Dzagnidze, won with White against Humpy Koneru and Nino Batshiashvili, respectively. Their main followers are the Chinese players who both won today, Ju Wenjun with White against Antoaneta Stefanova and Zhao Xue against Pia Cramling with Black. The youngest player in the competition, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, continues her ascension as she defeated Valentina Gunina with White. The only draw of the day was Harika Dronavalli - Natalija Zhukova, far from a cordial affair.

Round 7 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 1 - 0 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 ½ - ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 3
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 0 - 1 GM Zhao Xue 2506 2
7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1
8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 1 - 0 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11
9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 1 - 0 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10

R7-54

Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts Vict
1 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO *   ½   ½ ½   1 1 1 1   4
2 8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS   *   ½ ½ 1 1   ½   1 1 4
3 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN ½   *     0 1 1   ½ 1 1 5 4
4 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN   ½   * ½ 1     ½ 1 ½ 1 5 3
5 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI ½ ½   ½ *   ½   1   1 ½ 2
6 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND ½ 0 1 0   * ½ ½       ½ 3 1
7 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND   0 0   ½ ½ * ½ ½ 1     3 1
8 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR 0   0     ½ ½ * 1 ½ ½   3 1
9 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS 0 ½   ½ 0   ½ 0 *     1 1
10 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL 0   ½ 0     0 ½   * ½ ½ 2 0
11 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO 0 0 0 ½ 0     ½   ½ *   0
12 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE   0 0 0 ½ ½     0 ½   * 0



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1 2016


The sixth round scheduled a few interesting games, such as an improvised China-India match, won by the former with 2-0 and the Russian derby. It is also worth mentioning that half today's games were practically decided in the opening. By defeating Natalia Zhukova with Black, Nana Dzagnidze caught up with Natalija Pogonina who drew her game (also with Black) against Valentina Gunina. Zhao Xue won against Harika Dronavalli with White and her colleague Ju Wenjun did the same against Humpy Koneru with Black. In Nino Batsiashvili - Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, the Iranian player scored her first full point in the tournament, reaching an excellent +1. Despite the peaceful result, Antoaneta Stefanova - Pia Cramling was one of the most original games so far!

Round 6 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 0 - 1 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9
10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 ½ - ½ WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8
11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 0 - 1 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 ½ - ½ GM Cramling Pia 2521 6
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 1 - 0 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 5
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 0 - 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 4

R6-37


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R5-13

After the refreshing free day, the players started the fifth round with renewed forces. Paradoxically, there was only one decisive game, but this was due to the increased degree of accuracy, as the fighting spirit was as high as ever.

Natalija Pogonina's draw with White against Sarasadat Khademalsharieh maintains her on the leading position, while the same result against Zhao Xue keeps Nana Dzagnidze trailing her by half a point. Natalia Zhukova - Nino Batsiashvili, Ju Wenjun - Valentina Gunina and Pia Cramling vs Humpy Koneru were entertaining games despite the peaceful result. In the only decisive game, Harika Dronavalli defeated Antoaneta Stefanova after the Bulgarian chose an uninspired plan at an early stage.

Round 5 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 ½ - ½ IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2506 2
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 1 - 0 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11
7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 ½ - ½ GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10
8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 ½ - ½ IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9


R5-12

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R4-38

Played on the Valentine's Day, the fourth round was fortunate for Valentina Gunina who recovered from her shaky start with a victory over the experienced Pia Cramling. Natalia Pogonina defeated Nino Batsiashvili with the black pieces, maintaining her lead in the tournament. She is trailed by half a point by Nana Dzagnidze who won, also with Black, against Antoaneta Stefanova.

Playing with White, Zhao Xue profited from Natalia Zhukova's time trouble to turn an inferior position into a win. Sara Khademalsharieh - Ju Wenjun and Humpy Koneru - Harika Dronavalli were the only draws of the day, which ended with the same high percentage of decisive games as the first round.

Round 4 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 0 - 1 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8
9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 ½ - ½ GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7
10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 1 - 0 GM Cramling Pia 2521 6
11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 5
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 0 - 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 4
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 1 - 0 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 3

R4-36

Ranking Crosstable after Round 4
   
Rank SNo.   Name Rtg FED 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pts
1 8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 RUS *       ½       1   1 1
2 4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 GEO   *   ½     ½ 1   1     3
3 2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 CHN     * 0   1       ½ 1  
4 11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 IND   ½ 1 *   ½     ½      
5 7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 CHN ½       *   ½       ½ 1
6 3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 UKR     0 ½   *   1   ½     2
7 9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 IRI   ½     ½   *   ½     ½ 2
8 10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 RUS   0       0   * ½     1
9 5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 IND 0     ½     ½ ½ *      
10 1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 BUL   0 ½     ½       * ½  
11 12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 GEO 0   0   ½         ½ *   1
12 6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 SWE 0       0   ½ 0       * ½



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R3-31

The third round was by far less peaceful than the five draws and one decisive game might suggest. Natalija Pogonina drew with Black against Ju Wenjun, thus maintaining her sole lead. In the only decisive game, Zhao Xue - Nino Batsiashvili, White won after sacrificing a pawn and then a piece! Natalia Zhukova - Antoaneta Stefanova and Pia Cramling - Sarasadat Khademalsharieh featured intense fight, while Nana Dzagnidze vs Humpy Koneru and Harika Dronavalli vs Valentina Gunina had a marked positional character. As a coincidence, in the third round there were... 3 games ending in a three-fold repetition!

Round 3 results

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 1 - 0 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 ½ - ½ GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 1
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 ½ - ½ GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 ½ - ½ GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 ½ - ½ IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9
7 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 ½ - ½ WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8

R3-19

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Round 2

In chess, and not only in chess, winners need to score points. The alchemy of success is complex but one has to be smart, aggressive, confident and, not least, to avoid making mistakes. So far, the player who seems to have found the best recipe is Natalia Pogonina, who is the only one with 2/2.
Even though today we had 'only' two decisive games compared with yesterday's four, the chess spectacle was by no means of lower quality nor lacked the salt & pepper every chess fan is looking for.

Round 2 results:

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
12 IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 ½ - ½ GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7
8 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 1 - 0 GM Cramling Pia 2521 6
9 IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 ½ - ½ GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 5
10 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 0 - 1 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 4
11 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 ½ - ½ GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 3
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 ½ - ½ GM Zhao Xue 2506 2


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R1-22

Round 1

Sometimes coincidence is a plan in desguise. Programmed or not, the first round of Teheran FIDE Women Grand Prix could have hardly found a better day to start its battless: perfect synchronization with the Revolution Day celebrated all over Iran on 11th February! And, as expected, the 'unexpected' happened. No, chess is not and will never (hopefully) be a drawish game, as the percentage of today's round speaks for itself - four decisive results and two hard fought draws is a great start for the chess lovers and for some of the players too...

SNo.   Name Rtg Res.   Name Rtg SNo.
1 GM Stefanova Antoaneta 2509 ½ - ½ IM Batsiashvili Nino 2485 12
2 GM Zhao Xue 2506 0 - 1 GM Koneru Humpy 2583 11
3 GM Zhukova Natalia 2484 1 - 0 GM Gunina Valentina 2496 10
4 GM Dzagnidze Nana 2529 ½ - ½ IM Khademalsharieh Sarasadat 2403 9
5 GM Harika Dronavalli 2511 0 - 1 WGM Pogonina Natalija 2454 8
6 GM Cramling Pia 2521 0 - 1 GM Ju Wenjun 2558 7

 

combat zone


This is how the chess life wheel is spinning around, with the inherent pressure accumulating before the game and being released move by move, requiring enormous nervous strength to emerge as a winner. The chess world is all gates, all opportunities, strings of tension waiting to be struck. And yet, the participants of the Teheran FIDE Women GP prove the image of a chess player as a ruthless warrior wrong. They are all beautiful, have family lives, university studies… plus, the "genius" label completes the profile too.

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Teheran Women's Grand Prix is about to start

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“In order to be irreplaceable, one must always be different”, is one of Coco Chanel's principles of success. If she reached the stars thanks to her innovative yet 'simple' concepts, the famous quote could also be the key to unlock the chess queendom's doors, soon to be found in a unique and beautiful location: Tehran.

Iran distinguished itself throughout its long chess history with many successful events organized, and is about to enrich its CV with currently one of the most prestigious chess tournaments in the World: the FIDE Women Grand Prix.

The media, the players and the entire chess scene is well aware of the high profile, which the FIDE Women Grand Prix circuit has, Tehran being the honored host to warmly welcome the ladies for the 2nd leg of the 2015/2016 series. The playing venue is located in the headquarters of the Iranian Chess Federation (Chess Palace, Hejab Str., Keshavarz Blvd, Tehran, P.O.Box 14145-463, Iran) and for two weeks, between 11-23 February, the tournament hall will witness and delight us with top class chess.

Kindly visit the Players & Schedule tabs for more details.

Tournament official website.

Participants

As a sign of respect to the country's culture, rituals and beliefs, the participants will follow the guidelines of the Iranian women attire, emphasizing once again that chess reunites people in a tournament which will not be only different and special but also irreplaceable!

The line-up is very impressive in terms of chess strength, with 9 GMs out of the twelve participants, and a good mix of:

1. youth ambition and experience (Pia Cramling, born in 1963 and the local star - Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, born in 1997),
2. experts in the Grand Prix series (former women world champions: Antoaneta Stefanova and Humpy Koneru) and newcomers (Nino Batsiashvili and Valentina Gunina)
3. warmed up players vs well rested ones...


Most of the participants of the upcoming Tehran GP just finished playing in Gibraltar or Wijk aan Zee and will continue their chess quests with the IMSA Elite Mind Games in China, while the World Championship Match will also be held soon in Ukraine... Women chess is flourishing thanks to the tireless organizers, generous sponsors and tough ladies that have long ago erased words like “too tired” or “too busy” from their vocabulary.

If some players will have three (!) strong events in a row, keeping the brain's tabs open and ready, some others prefer the more quiet times, to give it all in the event that matters.

FIDE Women Grand Prix prizes:

PLACE PRIZE (Euros) GP POINTS
1st 10,000 120 points + 40 bonus
2nd 8,250 110 points + 20 bonus
3rd 6,750 100 points + 10 bonus
4th 5,750 90 points
5th 5,000 80 points
6th 4,500 70 points
7th 4,250 60 points
8th 4,000 50 points
9th 3,250 40 points
10th 3,000 30 points
11th 2,750 20 points
12th 2,500 10 points
Total 60,000 850 points

 


FIDE Women Grand Prix Standings 2015-2016 after the 1st stage:

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