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Thursday, June 7, 2012

Kazan Chess Grand Prix for Women from June 9 with Hou Yifan, Anna Muzychuk, Koneru Humpy as Top Seeds

Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan of China top seed in Kazan Women's Chess Grand Prix - 4th stage
Apart from the 7th Mikhail Tal Chess Memorial that begins today, we have another big chess event beginning in Kazan, Russia from June 9. It is the Women's Chess Grand Prix - fourth in the series of the FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2011-2012. Twelve top women chess players of the world are taking part in the round robin event including the current Women's World Chess Champion Hou Yifan of China. 


Yifan has already won the first and second legs of the event in Rostov and Rostov and Shenzhen. Yifan did not play in the third leg in Nalchik which was won by by Zhao Xue. Two other former Women's World Chess Champions  Antoaneta Stefanova and Alexandra Kosteniuk - are also taking part in the the chess event. Slovakia's Anna Muzychuk is the second seed. India's Koneru Humpy - the challenger to the women's world chess title - would be participating as well. 

Participants

1 Hou Yifan GM CHN 2623
2 Anna Muzychuk GM SLO 2598
Humpy Koneru GM IND 2589
4 Kateryna Lahno GM UKR 2546
5 Tatiana Kosintseva GM RUS 2532
Nadezhda Kosintseva GM RUS 2528
7 Antoaneta Stefanova GM BUL 2518
8 Viktorija Cmilyte GM LTU 2508
5 Elina Danielian GM ARM 2484
Alisa Galliamova WGM RUS 2484 (nominee of Kazan)
8 Alexandra Kosteniuk GM RUS 2457
12 Betul Cemre Yildiz WGM TUR 2333

The FIDE Women's Chess Grand Prix is a series of high-profile chess tournaments that are being organised by FIDE and Global Chess. The series includes six stages organised over two years across the world with three stages every year.

The winner of each stage in the chess grand prix wins 6,500 euros out of the total prize fund of 40,000 euros and winner of the series wins another 15,000 euros. 

Kazan - the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan - is an  cultural, science and trade centre in Russia. Kazan is also on the Unesco World Heritage list.

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