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Wednesday, March 4, 2009

FIDE Women's Grand Prix begins on Saturday

The first round of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix Chess competition begins on Saturday in Istanbul, Turkey. The Women's Grand Prix will consist of six legs over two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year. Here is a list of the participants in the Grand Prix event in Istanbul. Already one invited player,
Grandmaster Zhu Chen has told organizers that she will be unable to play in this event. As a result Chen has been replaced by WGM/ International Master (Men's) Martha Fierro (elo 2403) from Ecuador.

Participants in Istanbul 2009

# Name
Title
Nat.
Rating
1 Koneru Humpy
GM
IND
2621
2 Hou Yifan
GM
CHN
2571
3 Antoaneta Stefanova
GM
BUL
2557
4 Pia Cramling
GM
SWE
2548
5 Marie Sebag
GM
FRA
2529
6 Maia Chiburdanidze
GM
GEO
2516
7 Zhao Xue
GM
CHN
2508
8 Elina Danielian
IM
ARM
2496
9 Shen Yang
WGM
CHN
2448
10 Martha Fierro
IM
ECU
2403
11 Zeinab Mamedjarova
WGM
AZE
2362
12 Betül Cemre Yıldız
WIM
TUR
2214
Average rating: 2481.3
Points for norms: GM 7.5, IM 5.0, WGM 4.5

This event in Istanbul is an eleven round event, which means each player plays every other player once. Good luck to all the players in this event.The games will be covered live at this part of the FIDE Website: http://istanbul2009.fide.com/tournament-games.html

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