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Who can challenge Hou Yifan?
Saturday, 08 October 2011

071011-lahno.jpgThe third stage of Grand Prix FIDE started in Russia, in the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, Nalchik.

 The 12 titled grandmasters are going to play against each other. The whole world will be watching their games for two weeks. The world champion Hou Yifan is not going to take part in the competition because she will defend her title in the test -match with Humpy Koneru from India in November.

In the rating order  according the last two Grand-Prix events  the participants had  the following results: Kateryna Lahno 130points, Tatiana Kosintseva and Ju Wenjun – 100 points,  Nadezhda Kosintseva – 80 points, Zhao Xue – 75, Alisa Galliamova – 65, Munguntuul  Batkhuyag – 60, Antoaneta Stefanova – 45, Ekaterina Kovalevskaya – 40, Victoria Chmilyte and Zhu Chen – 35,  Alexandra Kostenuk – 10.

The event is highly interesting as a result of the absence of the woman world champion. The winner of this stage will get a real chance to fight with the Chinese sportswoman for the first place in the series. The chess player showing the best result in the Grand prix series will have an opportunity to play with the winner of the Knockout-Championship of the World of 2012 for the title of the best chess player of the world.

Well, the first round of the third FIDE Grand-prix stage among women will be in the 9th of October.

 

 
Erdem Ucarkuc: “I like to be the arbiter of women tournaments”
Friday, 07 October 2011
081011_erdem.jpgThe chief arbiter of the tournament Erdem Ucarkuc from Turkey doesn’t expect any problems during the Grand Prix in Nalchik.

- The thing is that I get acquainted with almost every participant of this Grand Prix, - tells Erdem. –The last year I was the chief arbiter of the Woman World Championship in Hatay, Turkey. Before that I worked for Women Masters 2008.

- What is the peculiarity of women tournaments?

- Normally men are more aggressive than women, - Ucarkus smiles. – So to be honest there are less problems in women tournaments. I enjoy the “beauty” of the tournament hall and it always “smells” nice there. – he smiles again.

- How do you feel yourself here?

- It’s my first visit to Nalchik and I haven’t seen a lot yet. But I’m sure that the event will be organized on the highest level.
 
Third leg of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Nalchik
Wednesday, 28 September 2011

290409_nalchik.jpgOnce again Nalchik, the capital of Kabardiono Balkaria is the focus of the chess world's attention. Twelve of the world's top female players will come to Nalchik to fight out the third leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix.
 
Apart from the three former Women World Champions GM Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia, GM Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria and GM Zhu Chen from Qatar, Nalchik also has the pleasure of seeing the top two Russian sisters in action, Tatiana and Nadezhda Kosinteva. They will all be challenged by another two top world class players GM Katerina Lahno from Ukraine and WGM Ju Wenjun from China.

Hovering in the background are a host of other talented world class players who cannot be discounted on springing surprises at this level.

With the absence of current Women World Champion, the 17 year old Hou Yifan from China and winner of the first two legs, it is an open question who can win this stage in Nalchik.

 
Women's Grand Prix in Nalchik
Friday, 16 September 2011
gpfront.jpg 8-23 October 2011, Nalchik RUSSIA


 
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