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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tournament

Dinara Wagner7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Polina Shuvalova6.5/11(+3 -1 =7)[games]
Zhongyi Tan6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Dronavalli Harika6.5/11(+2 -0 =9)[games]
Kateryna Lagno6/11(+2 -1 =8)[games]
Aleksandra Goryachkina5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Gunay Mammadzada5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Bibisara Assaubayeva5.5/11(+2 -2 =7)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk5/11(+1 -2 =8)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Oliwia Kiolbasa2/11(+0 -7 =4)[games] Chess Event Description
FIDE Women's Grand Prix (2023)

Name: FIDE Women's Grand Prix Event Date: May 16 - 28, 2023 Site: Nicosia, Cyprus Format: 12-player round-robin Time Control: 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1.

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 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. D Wagner vs Goryachkina 1-0812023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
2. D Harika vs B Assaubayeva  1-0492023FIDE Women's Grand PrixA10 English
3. Lagno vs P Shuvalova  1-0482023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC49 Four Knights
4. O Kiolbasa vs G Mammadzada  0-1472023FIDE Women's Grand PrixB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. N Dzagnidze vs B Khotenashvili  1-0342023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE60 King's Indian Defense
6. Kosteniuk vs Z Tan 0-1542023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC65 Ruy Lopez, Berlin Defense
7. B Assaubayeva vs P Shuvalova  0-1572023FIDE Women's Grand PrixD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
8. G Mammadzada vs Lagno 0-1632023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC67 Ruy Lopez
9. Z Tan vs O Kiolbasa 1-0622023FIDE Women's Grand PrixD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
10. B Khotenashvili vs Kosteniuk  ½-½612023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE00 Queen's Pawn Game
11. Goryachkina vs N Dzagnidze 1-0462023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
12. D Harika vs D Wagner  ½-½322023FIDE Women's Grand PrixA49 King's Indian, Fianchetto without c4
13. D Wagner vs B Assaubayeva  ½-½332023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE92 King's Indian
14. P Shuvalova vs G Mammadzada  1-0782023FIDE Women's Grand PrixB42 Sicilian, Kan
15. Lagno vs Z Tan  ½-½352023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC42 Petrov Defense
16. O Kiolbasa vs B Khotenashvili  ½-½322023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
17. Kosteniuk vs Goryachkina  ½-½602023FIDE Women's Grand PrixC53 Giuoco Piano
18. N Dzagnidze vs D Harika  ½-½192023FIDE Women's Grand PrixD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
19. B Assaubayeva vs G Mammadzada  ½-½422023FIDE Women's Grand PrixD10 Queen's Gambit Declined Slav
20. D Wagner vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½652023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE10 Queen's Pawn Game
21. D Harika vs Kosteniuk  ½-½352023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE00 Queen's Pawn Game
22. Goryachkina vs O Kiolbasa  1-0612023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE06 Catalan, Closed, 5.Nf3
23. B Khotenashvili vs Lagno  ½-½302023FIDE Women's Grand PrixE10 Queen's Pawn Game
24. Z Tan vs P Shuvalova  ½-½432023FIDE Women's Grand PrixD78 Neo-Grunfeld, 6.O-O c6
25. N Dzagnidze vs B Assaubayeva  ½-½912023FIDE Women's Grand PrixA15 English
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Kibitzer's Corner
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  offramp: No draws in the first round. That is SOOOOOOO kewwwwwl!

There is a <€15,000 first prize. There is much more at stake: the overall winner of the series will take home an extra €20,000 and the first two players in the final standings will achieve direct qualification to the 2023-2024 FIDE Women’s Candidates.>

The rounds begin at the usual 3pm local time. The time in London will be 11am. That will be SOOOO keeeeewwl!!

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  offramp: Apparently the game will start at 13:00 or 13:15 or 13:30. Who cares?
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  offramp: Lagno as Black is going for Mrs Mammadzada's yugular.

1. e4 e5 2. Nf3 Nc6 3. Bb5 Nf6 4. O-O Nxe4 5. Re1 Nd6 6. Nxe5 Be7 7. Bf1 Nxe5 8. Rxe5 O-O 9. d4 Bf6 10. Re2 b6 11. Re1 Bb7...

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  offramp: [White "Wagner, Dinara"]
[Black "Assaubayeva, Bibisara"]
[Opening "King's Indian Defense: Orthodox Variation, Gligoric-Taimanov System"] [Annotator ""]

1. d4 [%clk 1:30:54] 1... Nf6 [%clk 1:30:54] 2. c4 [%clk 1:31:19] 2... g6 [%clk 1:31:17] 3. Nc3 [%clk 1:31:42] 3... Bg7 [%clk 1:31:43] 4. e4 [%clk 1:32:05] 4... d6 [%clk 1:32:08] 5. Nf3 [%clk 1:32:11] 5... O-O [%clk 1:32:31] 6. Be2 [%clk 1:32:36] 6... e5 [%clk 1:32:57] 7. Be3 [%clk 1:32:45] 7... h6 [%clk 1:30:09] 8. d5 [%clk 1:30:53] 8... Ng4 [%clk 1:23:26] 9. Bd2 [%clk 1:31:07] 9... f5 [%clk 1:22:09] 10. h3 [%clk 1:30:37] 10... Nf6 [%clk 1:22:14] 11. exf5 [%clk 1:31:02] 11... gxf5 [%clk 1:22:13] 12. g4 [%clk 1:31:19] 12... Ne4 [%clk 1:15:13] 13. Nxe4 [%clk 1:30:27] 13... fxe4 [%clk 1:15:41] 14. Nh2 [%clk 1:30:51] 14... Nd7 [%clk 1:15:12] 15. Be3 [%clk 1:28:55] 15... Nc5 [%clk 1:12:29] 16. Nf1 [%clk 1:26:42] * Black is doing very well.

May-18-23  Atterdag: Wagner is the only European sounding name here - and then it turns out, Dinara is a (former?) Russian married to a German chessplayer (Dennis W.) :-)
May-19-23  jphamlore: <Atterdag: Wagner is the only European sounding name here - and then it turns out, Dinara is a (former?) Russian married to a German chessplayer (Dennis W.) :-)>

Because to put it bluntly, women's chess in the West is at best something to put on a college application to Stanford University.

Imagine if the United States ever produced a woman player who was the youngest to defeat a GM and youngest to make IM, and who won the United States women's championship by three half-points.

If I am reading Wikipedia correctly, that is exactly what happened to Carissa Yip -- almost immediately retiring from chess to focus on her college application process, only playing not great in an Olympiad and a SPICE Open after the United States championship win.

If it weren't for the completely broken college admission system in the United States, youth chess would not exist at all in this country.

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  offramp: Fur coats and no draws.
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  fredthebear: Ah, but Jude Law or Tom Hardy should star in a movie of this moment in Cyprus history:

"On his way to the Holy Land during the Third Crusade in 1187, Richard I of England's fleet was plagued by storms. He himself stopped first at Crete and then at Rhodes. Three ships continued on, one of which was carrying Joan of England, Queen of Sicily and <Berengaria of Navarre>, Richard's bride-to-be. Two of the ships were wrecked off Cyprus, but the ship bearing Joan and Berengaria made it safely to Limassol. Joan refused to come ashore, fearing she would be captured and held hostage by Isaac Komnenos of Cyprus, who hated all Franks. Her ship sat at anchor for a full week before Richard finally arrived on 8 May. Outraged at the treatment of his sister and his future bride, Richard invaded.

Richard laid siege to Nicosia, finally met and defeated Isaac Komnenos at Tremetousia and became ruler of the island, but sold it to the Knights Templar." -- Wikipedia

About Richard:

Powerful man comes to the rescue of his future bride. Surely Caissa would enjoy such a movie.

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  offramp: If you are defending with the ♗ , keep pawns on the same colour.
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  perfidious: <offramp: If you are defending with the ♗ , keep pawns on the same colour.>

A piece of advice which goes against what the good books tell beginners to do generally, but sound.

May-20-23  AdolfoAugusto: My son is fifth board in Harvard's chess team. Top board is US women champion WGM Jennifer Yu, then 3 strong FM.
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  perfidious: Harvard had some strong masters playing for them when I faced off with their Met League teams during the 1980s; their top boards were 2300+ most of the time, though they never had the depth to take out the powerful Boylston Club side.
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  offramp: Oliwia Kiolbasa lost in round 6.
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  fredthebear: I knew she had to be Polish!
May-24-23  SChesshevsky: Seems Dinara gets to the lead with a really interesting win v. Lagno in round 7.
May-27-23  fabelhaft: Not often the lowest rated player wins a tournament like this.
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  fredthebear: Indeed! Dinara Wagner won her last round game against Bela Khotenashvili to win this 11-round tournament.
May-27-23  AdolfoAugusto: Hopefully the games will be updated soon,
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  MissScarlett: <Apparently the game will start at 13:00 or 13:15 or 13:30. Who cares?>

These time delays are all the fault of Niemann / Carlsen (delete as applicable).

May-27-23  Sally Simpson: Here is the final cross table - 'Not often the lowest rated player wins a tournament like this.' (Dinera Wagner is the new Mozart of chess.)

May-28-23  ndg2: Not only did Wagner grab sole victory in a surprise upset, she also achieved not just a IM norm (5/11), but also a GM norm (7/11). Dinara, after all, had the lowest ELO rating of all players before the start. She won 27 points in Nicosia.

All the more surprising, if you consider her results in Astana and Munich (where was last place, if I recall correctly).

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