Over-the-board chess is slowly returning and now, lastly, that can also be the case for high feminine gamers. On Saturday, the fourth and last leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix begins in Gibraltar.
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You’ll find, play by, and obtain all video games of the FIDE Girls’s Grand Prix on our Events page the place you will additionally discover stay commentary.
The FIDE Candidates event was interrupted for a bit over 13 months, however the hole within the girls’s world championship cycle has been even longer. The third leg of the Girls’s Grand Prix in Lausanne ended on March 13, 2020 and now, 435 days later, the Gibraltar leg is beginning.
The event was initially scheduled to be held in Might 2020 in Sardinia, Italy, however the coronavirus pandemic made that unattainable. The organizers of the annual Gibraltar Chess Competition took over and initially wished to carry it throughout their regular dates (late January-early February), however the native Covid state of affairs compelled them to postpone. Now it is lastly taking place.
As with the sooner three tournaments in Skolkovo, Monaco, and Lausanne, the Gibraltar Grand Prix is a 12-player round-robin. The prize fund in every Grand Prix is 80,000 euros, with 15,000 euros and 160 Grand Prix factors awarded to the winner.
In all, 16 gamers take part. 4 of them have performed in all three earlier legs, so their sequence is over. Beneath are the present standings.
Girls’s Grand Prix Standings
The highest two gamers will qualify for the 2022 FIDE Girls’s Candidates Event. Already certified is GM Aleksandra Goryachkina, the runner-up of the final world championship match, which she misplaced to GM Ju Wenjun.
GM Humpy Koneru ought to usually be one of many two qualifiers as she is at present in second place and nonetheless performs Gibraltar. As a result of GM Alexandra Kosteniuk, third within the standings, will not be taking part in, she is more likely to be overtaken by GM Kateryna Lagno and GM Nana Dzagnidze.
The opposite contributors within the 2022 Girls’s Candidates will come from the next paths:
- Three spots from the FIDE World Cup (July 2021 in Sochi, Russia).
- One spot from the FIDE Girls’s Grand Swiss Event 2021 (Oct.-Nov. 2021 in Isle of Man).
- One spot by score: the participant with the best normal score within the January 2022 FIDE score checklist, offered she has a minimum of 15 normal video games rated in FIDE normal score lists 2021 or participated within the World Cup or Grand Swiss.
— John Saunders (@johnchess) May 21, 2021
The event was formally opened in the identical venue as the place the Gibraltar event at all times takes place: Caleta Resort.
Organizer GM Stuart Conquest referred to as it “essentially the most prestigious occasion we have ever run.” Steven Linares, Gibraltar’s Minister for Sport, Tradition, Heritage & Youth, famous the Gibraltar Chess Competition’s long-standing function in supporting and boosting the ladies’s sport since its inception in 2003.
GM Nigel Short, who can be one of many commentators throughout the occasion (along with WIM Fiona Steil-Antoni), referred to the contributors as “12 Beth Harmons however with out the narcotics.”
Beth Harmon by no means had this drawback: girls’s world championship contender Kateryna Lagno (pink scarf) queues up for a Covid check exterior Gibraltar Airport. Play within the #WomenGrandPrixFIDE begins on Saturday #GibChess https://t.co/7i4qPbOg7d pic.twitter.com/j387bfMWIM
— John Saunders (@johnchess) May 20, 2021
The pairings for the primary spherical are Gunay Mammadzada vs. Antoaneta Stefanova, Irina
Bulmaga vs Elisabeth Paehtz, Zhansaya Abdumalik vs. Dinara Saduakassova, Mariya Muzychuk vs. Anna Muzychuk, Nana Dzagnidze vs. Kateryna Lagno, and Alina Kashlinskaya vs. Valentina Gunina.
Gunina was the one participant who wasn’t in Gibraltar on the time of the opening ceremony. She is sure to reach on Saturday morning. You’ll be able to observe the video games and commentary here.