Since 2009, the chess talents of this world compete in yet another tournament series at world-class level: The FIDE Grand Prix of Women. In two years’ time, six tournaments with each twelve participants are carried out. The proud winner of the current competition can not only look forward to 10,000€ prize money (Out of a total amount of 60,000€), but also to 160 valuable Grand Prix points for an unshared first rank. These can be a great leap forward to the overall tournament victory which is calculated as follows:
Every qualified player can compete in four of the six Grand Prix tournaments, the best three of which are taken into account for the final rankings. The scores are added up to determine the winner of the entire contest. The winner of the Grand Prix obtains the right to challenge the current world champion. If the world champion herself wins the title, the runner-up automatically obtains the right to challenge her. The tournament was scheduled from June 18 to July 2 2014 in the beautiful Georgian city Lopota.
The twelve participants can also be referred to as the ‘Eastern Elite’ of chess, as only the following countries were represented in the competition: China (3 players), India (2), Georgia (2), and each one player from Ukraine, Russia, Bulgaria, Armenia, and Uzbekistan.
With 9 out of 12 points the Chinese player Hou Yifan dominated the tournament, followed by her compatriot Ju Wenjun (7 points). The winner had already secured the overall victory one day prior to the event’s official end. Nevertheless, the women played the last round with remarkable motivation and at a world-class level.
The upcoming tournament of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series is scheduled from August 24 until September 9 and hosted by Mongolia.
written by Sarah, translated by Birthe