FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019–20

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The FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019–20 is a series of four chess tournaments exclusively for women, which will determine two players to play in the Women's Candidates Chess Championship in 2021. The winner of the Candidate's tournament will play a 12-game match against the world champion, in the Women's World Chess Championship 2022.[1]

This is the fifth cycle of the tournament series. Number one woman player Hou Yifan, who won the first three editions of the Grand Prix, was unable to play due to studies at Oxford University.

Players[edit]

16 players were published by FIDE in July 2019.[2]

Invitee Country Elo (July 2019)
Ju Wenjun  China 2595
Aleksandra Goryachkina  Russia 2564
Humpy Koneru  India 2558
Mariya Muzychuk  Ukraine 2551
Kateryna Lagno  Russia 2549
Anna Muzychuk  Ukraine 2547
Alexandra Kosteniuk  Russia 2517
Nana Dzagnidze  Georgia 2511
Valentina Gunina  Russia 2497
Dronavalli Harika  India 2492
Alina Kashlinskaya  Russia 2492
Zhao Xue  China 2485
Pia Cramling  Sweden 2479
Antoaneta Stefanova  Bulgaria 2474
Elisabeth Paehtz  Germany 2473
Marie Sebag  France 2451
Zhansaya Abdumalik  Kazakhstan 2458
Dinara Saduakassova  Kazakhstan 2474
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh  Iran 2488
Gunay Mammadzada  Azerbaijan 2427

Due to travel restrictions on Chinese citizens due to the Coronavirus outbreak , Zhao Xue was unable to participate in the Lausanne leg of the Grand Prix. She was replaced by Zhansaya Abdumalik.[3] For the Gibraltar WGP, Koneru, Ju, Zhao and Sebag were replaced Zhansaya Abdumalik, Dinara Saduakassova, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh and Gunay Mammadzada.[4]

Schedule and results[edit]

No. Host city Date Winner Points (Win/draw/loss)
1 Skolkovo, Russia 10–23 September 2019 India Humpy Koneru 8/11 (+5=6-0)
2 Monaco 2–15 December 2019 Russia Alexandra Kosteniuk
India Humpy Koneru
Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina
7/11 (+5=4-2)
7/11 (+4=6-1)
7/11 (+5=4-2)
3 Lausanne, Switzerland 1–14 March 2020 Georgia (country) Nana Dzagnidze
Russia Aleksandra Goryachkina
7/11 (+4=6-1)
7/11 (+3=8-0)
4 Gibraltar
Sardinia, Italy
January 17-29, 2021
2–15 May 2020


The forth stage of the Grand Prix was postponed by Fide due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic. Fide announced the 4th leg of the Women Grand Prix will be held in Gibraltar on January 17-29, 2021.[5]

Grand Prix standings[edit]

Grand Prix points are 160 for 1st, 130 for 2nd, 110 for 3rd and then in steps of 10 from 90 for 4th to 10 for 12th place. If players end up tied on points points for those places are shared equally.

As Goryachkina is already qualified to the Candidates tournament, the third place will qualify instead of her.

Rank Player Skolkovo Monaco Lausanne Gibraltar Total
1  Aleksandra Goryachkina (RUS) 120 133⅓ 145 398⅓
2  Humpy Koneru (IND) 160 133⅓ 293⅓
3  Alexandra Kosteniuk (RUS) 45 133⅓ 15 193⅓
4  Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) 35 145 180
4  Kateryna Lagno (RUS) 90 90 180
4  Dronavalli Harika (IND) 60 60 60 180
7  Anna Muzychuk (UKR) 80 85 165
8  Ju Wenjun (CHN) 120 35 155
9  Alina Kashlinskaya (RUS) 45 85 130
10  Mariya Muzychuk (UKR) 60 60 120
11  Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) 110 110
12  Pia Cramling (SWE) 10 60 35 105
13  Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) 75 20 95
14  Valentina Gunina (RUS) 75 10 85
14  Antoaneta Stefanova (BUL) 25 60 85
16  Marie Sebag (FRA) 25 15 40
17  Zhao Xue (CHN) 35 35
18  Dinara Saduakassova (KAZ) 0
18  Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (IRI) 0
18  Gunay Mammadzada (AZE) 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.fide.com/FIDE/handbook/regulations_WGP_2019_20.pdf
  2. ^ IDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2019-2020
  3. ^ "Zhansaya Abdumalik will replace Zhao Xue at WGP in Lausanne". www.fide.com. Retrieved 2020-02-25.
  4. ^ "Women's Grand Prix Gibraltar: Pairings announced". www.fide.com. Retrieved 2020-12-18.
  5. ^ "Gibraltar to host the final stage of the Women's FIDE Grand Prix". www.fide.com. Retrieved 2020-10-22.

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