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FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran Tournament

Ju Wenjun7.5/11(+4 -0 =7)[games]
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh7/11(+4 -1 =6)[games]
Zhao Xue7/11(+5 -2 =4)[games]
Natalia Pogonina6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze6.5/11(+5 -3 =3)[games]
Humpy Koneru6/11(+3 -2 =6)[games]
Natalia Zhukova5.5/11(+3 -3 =5)[games]
Valentina Gunina4.5/11(+2 -4 =5)[games]
Dronavalli Harika4.5/11(+1 -3 =7)[games]
Pia Cramling4/11(+2 -5 =4)[games]
Antoaneta Stefanova3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
Nino Batsiashvili3.5/11(+1 -5 =5)[games]
* Chess Event Description
FIDE Women's Grand Prix Tehran (2016)

This was the second leg of five in the Women's Grand Prix series 2015-2016 which would determine the challenger for the women's crown in 2017. (1) The first leg in Monte Carlo was easily won by Yifan Hou who gained the maximum 160 Grand Prix points for her result. The third leg, originally to be held in Tbilisi in Georgia, was held in Batumi, Georgia in April-May 2016.


The first round commenced on Thursday 11 February 2016 with the eleventh and final round being played on Tuesday 23 February 2016. Rest days were 15 and 20 February.


Tehran, Iran.


Round robin, twelve players, eleven rounds.

Time Control

For each player 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.

Tie Breaks

The rules stipulate that no tie breaks will be 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 (2)

The total prize money for this event was 60,000 Euros (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 Euros (160 pts), 4th Prize 5,750 Euros (90 pts), 7th Prize 4,250 Euros (60 pts), 10th Prize 3,000 Euros (30 pts)
2nd Prize 8,250 Euros (130 pts), 5th Prize 5,000 Euros (80 pts), 8th Prize 4,000 Euros (50 pts), 11th Prize 2,750 Euros (20 pts)
3rd Prize 6.750 Euros (110 pts), 6th Prize 4,500 Euros (70 pts), 9th Prize 3,250 Euros (40 pts), 12th Prize 2,500 Euros (10 pts)

Crosstable, Grand Prix points (GPP) and comments (1, 3)

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 2 GPP 1 Ju Wenjun 2558 * ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 1 1 ½ 7½ 160 =2 Khademalsharieh 2403 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 1 7 120 =2 Zhao Xue 2506 ½ 0 * 1 ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 ½ 1 7 120 =4 Pogonina 2454 ½ ½ 0 * 1 1 0 ½ 1 1 0 1 6½ 85 =4 Dzagnidze 2529 0 ½ ½ 0 * ½ 1 1 1 0 1 1 6½ 85 6 Koneru 2583 0 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 6 70 7 Zhukova 2484 ½ 1 0 1 0 ½ * 1 ½ 0 ½ ½ 5½ 60 =8 Gunina 2496 ½ 0 ½ ½ 0 0 0 * ½ 1 ½ 1 4½ 45 =8 Harika 2511 ½ ½ 0 0 0 ½ ½ ½ * ½ 1 ½ 4½ 45 10 Cramling 2521 0 ½ 0 0 1 ½ 1 0 ½ * ½ 0 4 30 =11 Stefanova 2509 0 0 ½ 1 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 3½ 15 =11 Batsiashvili 2485 ½ 0 0 0 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ 1 ½ * 3½ 15

Pogonina (85 GP points from Monaco) kicked off to an early lead in the second round when she was the only player to win her first two games and retained her lead through to and including round five. However a draw by Pogonina with Gunina and a win by Dzagnidze (50 GP points from Monaca) against Zhukova in round six enabled Dzagnidze to draw level with Pogonina to share the lead. They shared the lead for another round before a loss by Pogonina to Stefanova and a win by Dzagnidze over Harika in Round 8 enabled the Georgian to pull clear of the Russian to take the sole lead, which only lasted for that round.

In Round 9, Dzagnidze lost her game, as did Pogonina in her game against Zhao Xue playing her first event in the GP, enabling the latter to grab the co-lead alongside the Georgian with 6.5/9. In Round 10, both co-leaders were beaten and overtaken by their conquerors: Zhao Xue lost to Iranian teenager Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (who gained her first GM norm) while Dzagnidze lost to Ju Wenjun, the two winners now sharing the lead with 7/10. In the final round, Ju Wenjun drew with Harika after 50 moves to remain undefeated and to win the tournament outright and take the maximum 160 GP points and 10,000 Euros prize money, while Khademalsharieh was ground down by Zhukova in 74 moves to record her only loss of the event to share second place with Zhao Xue, each winning 120 GP points and 7,500 Euros prize money.

Official site

Previous Women's GP event

Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015)

Next Women's GP event

FIDE Women's Grand Prix Batumi (2016)

(1) Wikipedia article: FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015%E2%80%9316 (2) (3)

 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. P Cramling vs Ju Wenjun 0-1532016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA33 English, Symmetrical
2. D Harika vs N Pogonina 0-1882016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD37 Queen's Gambit Declined
3. N Dzagnidze vs S Khademalsharieh  ½-½852016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranE12 Queen's Indian
4. N Zhukova vs V Gunina 1-0362016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranE09 Catalan, Closed
5. Zhao Xue vs Koneru  0-1412016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
6. A Stefanova vs N Batsiashvili  ½-½462016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA04 Reti Opening
7. N Pogonina vs P Cramling 1-0492016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranB83 Sicilian
8. N Batsiashvili vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½632016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranE53 Nimzo-Indian, 4.e3
9. A Stefanova vs Zhao Xue  ½-½502016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA04 Reti Opening
10. Koneru vs N Zhukova  ½-½332016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA57 Benko Gambit
11. V Gunina vs N Dzagnidze 0-1382016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
12. S Khademalsharieh vs D Harika  ½-½442016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA40 Queen's Pawn Game
13. Zhao Xue vs N Batsiashvili 1-0342016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD39 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin, Vienna Variation
14. N Dzagnidze vs Koneru  ½-½442016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
15. D Harika vs V Gunina ½-½202016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD00 Queen's Pawn Game
16. Ju Wenjun vs N Pogonina  ½-½442016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA07 King's Indian Attack
17. N Zhukova vs A Stefanova  ½-½342016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD85 Grunfeld
18. P Cramling vs S Khademalsharieh  ½-½322016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD38 Queen's Gambit Declined, Ragozin Variation
19. Koneru vs D Harika  ½-½332016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranE81 King's Indian, Samisch
20. V Gunina vs P Cramling 1-0892016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD40 Queen's Gambit Declined, Semi-Tarrasch
21. Zhao Xue vs N Zhukova 1-0432016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA12 English with b3
22. N Batsiashvili vs N Pogonina 0-1312016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranD35 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. S Khademalsharieh vs Ju Wenjun ½-½342016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranE11 Bogo-Indian Defense
24. A Stefanova vs N Dzagnidze  0-1502016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranA04 Reti Opening
25. D Harika vs A Stefanova 1-0282016FIDE Women's Grand Prix TehranB06 Robatsch
 page 1 of 3; games 1-25 of 66  PGN Download
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Feb-22-16  twinlark: <HeHateMe>

<You should be ashamed of yourself for supporting a dictatorship regime like China.>

Yet the incarceration rate in China is about one fifth of that in the USA. You should be ashamed of supporting a regime that locks so many people up.

Too much xenophobic stupid on this page.

Please direct any responses to my posts to the Rogoff page.

Feb-22-16  twinlark: <SometimesGood>

Thank you. Drop in on my forum sometime.

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  collodi: The question I have is not why it is that Iran is requiring the foreign players to wear headscarves. The question is why the foreign players are participating in an event that does this and thus perpetuating the unequal treatment of women?
Feb-22-16  twinlark: Time to take this highly political discussion to the Kenneth Rogoff page.

Let's leave this page for chess

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  perfidious: <twinlark> I'll sign that.
Feb-22-16  dumbgai: Another loss for Pogo. That hot start has pretty much been canceled out.
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  tamar: Hats off to Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, who has a winning position against the tournament leader Zhao Xue.

Tomorrow she has a chance to win the tournament!

Feb-22-16  dumbgai: That's 4.5/5 for Sarasadat after starting with 5 draws.
Feb-22-16  ndg2: Good finish by Sara. She can win the tournament tomorrow (or atleast be co-winner).

For some people playing in their homeland gives them wings, for some others it doesn't (I'm looking here at a certain player from Norway ;-) )

Feb-22-16  SometimesGood: I'm surprised by downfall of Pogonina. Sara did manage to win in the end. Her game resembles me Aronian-Rapport game; a "small" mistake cost her opponent the game. Nice game by Ju:)
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  HeMateMe: I'm sure the players don't like the head scarves or the questionable male element in Iran.

Unfortunately, bottom line might be that Iran was the country that was willing to put up some money to sponsor a women's FIDE event, when others were not. World chess runs on sponsorship money, private donors and the actions of governments. In this case I think it is Iran the state, and not a sponsor within Iran that offered to pay for this event.

Maybe that will change someday, and the gals can get better playing conditions. In the USA or Europe a chess tournament sponsor would not demand that the players wear large Christian crosses or kippahs (skull caps). It would be disrespectful to both the believers and nonbelievers of a given religion.

Iran doesn't understand that the beliefs of others count, too. But, they did have the money to pay the players and FIDE. Must be that money just released by the USA, the frozen assets?

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To highlight the text next to the kibitzing box, <NOTE: Keep all discussion on the topic of this page. This forum is for this specific tournament and nothing else.>

For those who delight discussing politics on our chess site, we tolerate a de facto area for just that purpose: Kenneth Rogoff.

Please discontinue the discussion of China and other geopolitical topics on this page, except as they may possibly pertain to this chess event. Thank you.

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  HeMateMe: I hope Natalie P can bounce back. She should have drawn her previous game against Stefanova, opposite colored Bishops ending. But this punch out today by Zhukova wasn't even close, a smack down.
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  Honza Cervenka: It seems to be that Sarasadat Khademalsharieh has made some progress since Women's Grand Prix Monte Carlo (2015).
Feb-23-16  ndg2: While this is true, it must be said that the Monte Carlo Grand Prix was considerably stronger with the Muzychuks und Kosteniuk and of course Yifan.
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  whiteshark: Last round has started...
Feb-23-16  ndg2: Ju ist winner, Khademalsharieh second (which is a great result for her).
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  cro777: In the last round Khademalsharieh lost to Zhukova with the white pieces.

She resigned in a theoretically drawn position!

The final position (after 74...Rh3+)

click for larger view

Khademalsharieh resigned!

Here, 75.Ke2 and 75.Kg2 lose, but Khademalsharieh missed that 75.Kf2! draws.

Feb-23-16  ndg2: Tragic is also Sara's 71. h6??. This just loses a pawn for nothing, 71. Kxg3 would have been a clear draw.
Feb-23-16  SometimesGood: 1. With a bit one minute left it wasn't easy to hold this position. 2. perhaps she felt that she did too much. 3. she doesn't have experience of last games as Miroshnichenko said.
Feb-24-16  Mr. V: Who was the commentator? Miroshnichenko?
Feb-24-16  Mr. V: I remember being very pleased by Ljubojevic's commentary last time in Monte Carlo
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  HeMateMe: The next Grand Prix event will be held in Scarsdale, NY. All the girls will have to wear polyester pantsuits, ala Hillary, official dress code.
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  Tabanus: Four more facts (for those who care):

Chief Arbiter: IA Ashot Vardapetian (ARM)
Deputy Chief Arbiter: IA Eskandari, Fereydoon (IRI)
Chairman of Appeals Committee: IA Turdialiev (UZB)
Organizer: Mehrdad Pahlevanzadeh, President of Iran Chess Federation

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  Tabanus: Out of a clear blue sky(lark). Here's the WayBack Machine version of the official site:

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