This is the first leg of four in the Women's Grand Prix series 2015-2016 which will determine the challenger for the women's crown in 2017. The second leg will be held in Tehran, Iran, in February 2016, the third in Tbilisi in Georgia in May 2016 and the fourth and final leg in Chengdu in China.
The first round started on 3 October 2015 with the eleventh and final round being played on 15 October 2015. Rest days were 7 and 12 October.
Monte Carlo, Monaco.
Round robin, twelve players, eleven rounds.
90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one.
No tie breaks are being used in individual GP tournaments. Prizes and Grand Prix ranking points are shared equally where there are any tied placements. If there is a tie at the top of the Grand Prix points tally by the end of the last event, then the winner will be declared as follows, with successive tiebreakers being invoked if the earlier ones do not break the tie:
- No. of actual game result points scored in the three tournaments
- No. of 1st places
- No. of 2nd places
- No. of wins
- Drawing of lots
Prizes and Grand Prix points (1)
The total prizemoney for this event is 60,000 (nearly US $68,000). Grand Prix points awarded for each place in the event are in brackets after the prize money.
1st Prize 10,000 (160 pts) <4th Prize> 5,750 (90 pts) <7th Prize> 4,250 (60 pts) <10th Prize> 3,000 (30 pts)
2nd Prize 8,250 (130 pts) <5th Prize> 5,000 (80 pts) <8th Prize> 4,000 (50 pts) <11th Prize> 2,750 (20 pts)
3rd Prize 6.750 (110 pts) <6th Prize> 4,500 (70 pts) <9th Prize> 3,250 (40 pts) <12th Prize> 2,500 (10 pts)
Women's World Champion Mariya Muzychuk was the first player to take the lead, doing so as sole leader as early as round two. She drew in round three against the young Iranian player Sarasadat Khademalsharieh enabling Koneru Humpy to catch up and share the lead. However Muzychuk regained the sole lead in round four when she defeated Natalie Zhukova. She maintained the sole lead in round five despite a short draw with her sister Anna, but the gap narrowed with Yifan Hou only a half point behind in the chasing pack.
Round six saw Koneru and Yifan draw level with Muzychuk for the shared lead, with Koneru and Yifan drawing ahead in round seven. Round eight finished with Yifan taking the sole lead and finishing strongly to win the event after round ten, with a round to spare. Her final score was 9/11, two full points clear of the field.
A fuller round by round description can be found in the official site (linked below), with photos and other stories from the event.
Next Women's Grand Prix Tournament
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran (2015)
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