Jermuk FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2012
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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players in the Jermuk Grand Prix: Lilit Mkrtchian and Nino Khurtsidze replace Alexandra Kosteniuk and Zhu Chen who have withdrawn.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:
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
The current standings in the Grand Prix are:
|Betul Cemre Yildiz||10||10||20|
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 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|
More information and coverage is available at the official website.