Big action in the coming days in Monaco
Monaco is ready to take on the role of the world’s chess capital for the next 17 days. The Rapid & Blitz European Championship for women is underway from November 29th until December 1st at the Novotel Hotel. On November 30th, the European Chess Union stages its first European Chess Awards Ceremony with a gala that takes place at the prestigious Hotel de Paris. Many famous guests are expected, as well as chess legends Garry Kasparov and Nona Gaprindashvili.
These events are followed by the FIDE Women's Grand Prix, which runs from December 2-15 at the Yacht Club de Monaco, under the patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II. This is the second leg of the 4-tournament Series of the World Championship Qualifying cycle of the Women World Championship 2019-2021.
The competition features a 12-participant closed tournament with most of the strongest female players in the world. Koneru Humpy is the current leader of the Grand Prix Series, as she won the first leg in Skolkovo. The Indian is currently 3rd of the World Ranking and the highest-rated participant in Monaco. Among the stars, one should note the presence of former World Champions Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia and Maryia Muzychuk from Ukraine, as well as living legend Pia Cramling. The Swede was already one of the best players in the world when none of her Monaco opponents had been even born yet!
List of participants:
1.- Humpy Koneru
2.- Alexandra Goryachkina
3.- Kateryna Lagno
4.- Elisabeth Paehtz
5.- Valentina Gunina
6.- Harika Dronavalli
7.- Alexandra Kosteniuk
8.- Pia Cramling
9.- Anna Muzychuk
10.- Mariya Muzychuk
11.- Nana Dzaganidze
12.- Xue Zhao
The opening ceremony takes place on December 2nd at 8 pm at the beautiful Yacht Club de Monaco. Many prestigious guests from the diplomatic world are expected to attend the act, as well as FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich.
The first round takes place on December 3rd. The drawing of lots has already been made at the end of October and the full pairings for all rounds can be found at the official website. Play starts at 3 pm for all rounds days except the last one on December 14th (1 pm). December 9th is a day-off.
Press Officer for the event: Yannick Pelletier