Women's Grand Prix begins in Skolkovo, Russia

The first of four stages of the 2019-20 FIDE Women Grand Prix will take place in Skolkovo, Russia, from 10-23 September

The first of four stages of the 2019-20 FIDE Women Grand Prix will take place in Skolkovo, Russia, from 10-23 September. 

The appearance of current world women’s champion GM Ju Wenjun, and Challenger GM Aleksandra Goryachkina competing in Skolkovo WGP is the tournament’s excitement.  

The time control is 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, plus a 30-second from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30. The games start every day at 3 pm (Moscow time). The rest day is on September 17.

The prize fund is 80,000 Euros, with 15,000 Euros and 160 Grand Prix points for the winner. Each WGP tournament is played with twelve player round-robin. In each WGP tournament, every player scores WGP points according to her position in the final standings. The two players who score the most number of cumulative points in WGP Series qualify to the FIDE Women Candidates Tournament in 2021.

The opening ceremony of FIDE Women’s Grand Prix was held in MATRIX Center, the building that will also serve as a venue for the games.

Jan Dunning, Chief Executive Officer for MAGNIT supermarkets -one of the main sponsors of the event, gave a very nice speech in which he explained his reason to support the event: “Planning, decision making, and strategy. Chess looks a lot like business to me".

FIDE President, Arkady Dvorkovich: “The first series of Grand Prix is very important for us. We start the tournament after some long time of non-existence. Hopefully, all participants will show their best and also to show the beauty of chess and bring intellectual satisfaction to all chess lovers in the world. We will continue to focus on the development of women chess. We are looking forward World championship in January next year, which will be held in Shanghai and Vladivostok. Let me assure that here in Skolkovo you will see the best possible hospitality. I wish you all success, fair play and yes let’s best wins. Gens Una Sumus.”

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