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Monaco hosts the best women chess players in the world

by Shahid Ahmed - 03/12/2019

The second event of FIDE Women's Grand Prix is officially launched at the Yacht Club de Monaco on 2nd December 2019. The Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun gives this event a miss. World Championship Challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina returns to action before facing the World Champion next month in the FIDE Women's World Championship match. After winning Skolkovo GP, Humpy Koneru would be looking forward to increase her lead at the GP points table. The super strong strong Muzychuk sisters - Anna and Mariya, Nana Dzagnidze and Zhao Xue play their first FIDE Women's Grand Prix event of the 2019-20 season. Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

Monaco GP is officially launched

After the completion of European Rapid and Blitz Championship for Women, Monaco is ready to host another mega event in the form of Women's Grand Prix. The second event of the Women's GP series takes place from 2nd to 15th December at the Yacht Club de Monaco. Twelve of the best players in the world play in a single round-robin tournament. The top two finishers of the Grand Prix series qualify to the Candidates Tournament and get a chance to face the reigning World Champion in a final match in 2021.

The twelve participants of Monaco GP with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

The Yacht Club de Monaco also hosted a glittering ceremony which opened the tournament tonight. FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his delight for the collaboration of the World Chess Federation in the organization of an official tournament in Monaco. “This is the continuation of the brilliant history of chess events in the Principality”. The opening ceremony was attended by numerous important guests, such as Joël Bouzou, President of Peace and Sport and adviser of His Serene Highness Albert II, Sovereign Prince of Monaco. He noted that “Monaco holds sport on a very high place, as it conveys the idea of neutrality. A chess game starts and unfolds with absolutely equal chances, and chess players are therefore fantastic ambassadors for peace”. Jean-Michel Rapaire, resourceful and tireless president of the Monaco Chess Club thanked all who contributed in making this tournament possible. “The event is under the patronage of His Serene Highness Prince Albert II, and I am particularly grateful for this honour.”

Jean-Michel Rapaire - President of Monaco Chess Club | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

The Yacht Club de Monaco takes the shape of a magnificent ship – certainly a first for a chess tournament of this magnitude. This historic venue is used to hosting sports and cultural events, so that we can be sure to witness the highest level of organization. The first round starts on December 3rd at 3 pm local time, 7:30 pm IST.

Standings after Skolkovo GP

FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019-20 points table | Source: Official site

Monaco GP participants

The twelve Monaco GP participants | Source: Official site

Pairings for round 1

Harika Dronavalli – Nana Dzagnidze

Elisabeth Paehtz – Xue Zhao

Pia Cramling – Alexandra Kosteniuk

Aleksandra Goryachkina – Kateryna Lagno

Valentina Gunina – Humpy Koneru

Mariya Muzychuk – Anna Muzychuk

Players share a light moment | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

FIDE Press Officer Yannick Pelletier with FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

Performers at the inauguration ceremony | Photo: Karol Bartnik / FIDE

Source: FIDE Press Release


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