11 September 2019

First Leg of FIDE Women's Grand Prix Starts in Skolkovo Business Centre

Ju Wenjun, Aleksandra Goryachkina and Valentina Gunina won in Round 1.

The first leg of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Series 2019-2020 started in the Skolkovo business centre on September 11. The first symbolic move in the P. Cramling - Ju Wenjun game was made by FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich. This encounter finished with a victory of the world champion.  

The challenger Aleksandra Goryachkina also started the game with a win: she defeated a former world champion Antoaneta Stefanova with the black pieces. Valentina Gunina celebrated victory in the Russian derby against Alina Kashlinskaya. 

The games Paehtz - Kosteniuk, Lagno - Sebag, and Koneru - Harika were drawn.  

Round 2 pairings: 

Ju Wenjun - Harika, Sebag - Koneru, Kashlinskaya - Lagno, Kosteniuk - Gunina, Goryachkina - Paehtz, Cramling - Stefanova. 

The games start at 3 p.m. The final 11th round will begin at 11 a.m. (Moscow time).

The prize fund is 80,000 euros. 

Chief Arbiter - IA Andrzej Filipowicz (Poland).

A vast additional program will be held during the tournament. 

Organizers: International Chess Federation (FIDE), Russian Chess Federation (RCF), and Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.

General partner of the event: PJSC “Magnit”.

Partners: General partner of RCF PhosAgro and SILA International Lawyers. 

Official website

Photos: David Llada, official website