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Jermuk FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012

  • SonofPearl
  • on 7/15/12, 2:22 PM.

The FIDE Women's Grand Prix in Jermuk, Armenia takes place from 16-29 July 2012.

The Jermuk Women's Grand Prix is the fifth in a series of six tournaments to determine the challenger for the 2013 Women's World Championship, against reigning champion Hou Yifan.

The tournament format is a 12-player single round-robin event. The opening round is on 17 July, and the final round is scheduled for the 28 July, with a rest day on 23 July.

The winner of each of the six Grand Prix tournaments in the series will win €6,500 out of a prize fund of €40,000, and the overall winner will win a further €15,000.

The regulations for the 2011/12 Grand Prix can be found here.

There are two new players in the Jermuk Grand Prix: Lilit Mkrtchian and Nino Khurtsidze replace Alexandra Kosteniuk and Zhu Chen who have withdrawn.

The participants in the Jermuk Grand Prix are:

Name  Nat Elo
Hou Yifan  CHN  2617
Humpy Koneru  IND  2598
Zhao Xue  CHN  2556
Kateryna Lahno   UKR  2537
Ju Wenjun  CHN  2518
Nadezhda Kosintseva   RUS  2516
Ruan Lufei  CHN  2483
Elina Danielian    ARM  2480
Nino Khurtsidze  GEO  2456
Lilit Mkrtchian  ARM  2450
Munguntuul Batkhuyag  MGL  2447
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  RUS  2417

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Hou Yifan won the first 2 Grand Prix events in Rostov and Shenzhen, while Zhao Xue took achieved a crushing victory in the third Grand Prix in Nalchik (Hou Yifan did not compete there).  The fourth Grand Prix in Kazan had joint winners - Humpy Koneru and Anna Muzychuk.

Anna Muzychuk (left) and Humpy Koneru (right) receive their prizes in Kazan from the FIDE president

Kazan Grand Prix 2012 Prizegiving Humpy Koneru Anna Muzychuk.jpg

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The current standings in the Grand Prix are:

Player  Rostov  Shenzhen  Nalchik  Kazan  Best 3
Hou Yifan  160 160 100 420
Anna Muzychuk  100 130 145 375
Kateryna Lahno  130 80 50 260
Viktorija Cmilyte  35 100 100 235
Zhao Xue  75 160 235
Ju Wenjun  100 130 230
Tatiana Kosintseva  100 55 60 215
Koneru Humpy  65 145 210
Nadezhda Kosintseva  80 55 35 170
Elina Danielian  45 50 75 170
Ekaterina Kovalevskaya  20 20 100 140
Antoaneta Stefanova  45 55 35 135
Alisa Galliamova  65 30 20 115
Ruan Lufei  30 75 105
Tan Zhongyi  100 100
Alexandra Kosteniuk  10 10 75 95
Zhu Chen  35 55 90
Munguntuul Batkhuyag  60 20 80
Betul Cemre Yildiz  10 10 20
Nino Khurtsidze  0
Lilit Mkrtchian  0

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If Hou Yifan wins the overall Grand Prix, then the challenger for her world championship title will be the player who finishes second in the series.

The Jermuk Grand Prix schedule:

Day  Date  Event
Day 1  16-July Arrival & Opening Ceremony
Day 2  17-July Round 1
Day 3  18-July Round 2
Day 4  19-July Round 3
Day 5  20-July Round 4
Day 6  21-July Round 5
Day 7  22-July Round 6
Day 8  23-July Rest Day
Day 9  24-July Round 7
Day 10  25-July Round 8
Day 11  26-July Round 9
Day 12  27-July Round 10
Day 13  28-July Round 11 & Closing Ceremony
Day 14  29-July Departure

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More information and coverage is available at the official website.

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