FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess Championship GP Day 1 Live Results

 

FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess Championship GP Day 1 Live Results

The first leg of the FIDE Chess.com Women’s Speed Chess Championship Grand Prix is starting Wednesday with Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun among the players. A total of four legs will be played June 24-July 19.

How to watch?
The games of the Grand Prix events are played on the Chess.com Live Server, at www.chess.com/live. All matches will be broadcast live with chess-master commentary on Chess.com/TV.

The qualifier phase ended on Tuesday with the sixth and final qualifier. Two tournaments with a 5+1 time control were played, two with 3+1, and two with 1+1. Each tournament was followed by an eight-player knockout, and the top two qualified.

The 12 players who qualified are Tatev Abrahamyan (U.S.), Bibisara Assaubayeva (Kazakhstan), Deysi Cori (Peru), Harika Dronavalli (India), Olga Girya (Russia), Valentina Gunina (Russia), Le Thao Nguyen Pham (Vietnam), Gunay Mammadzada (Azerbaijan), Vaishali Rameshbabu (India), Munkhzul Turmunkh (Mongolia), Ning Kaiyu (China), and Anna Ushenina (Ukraine). 

The prizes for the FIDE Chess.com Speed Chess Grand Prix events.

The Grand Prix will consist of four legs with a total of 21 participants. Each of the 21 players participates in three of the four legs.

Alongside the 12 qualifiers, FIDE and Chess.com invited nine women as seeded players: Hou Yifan (China), Ju Wenjun (China), Kateryna Lagno (Russia), Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia), Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine), Irina Krush (U.S.), Zhansaya Abdumalik (Kazakhstan), Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran), and Humpy Koneru (India).

FIDE President Arkady Dvorkovich selected Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria) to be the Women’s Speed Chess Championship wild card. She will take part in just one of the Grand Prix legs.

Each leg is a 16-player knockout and will last five days (including one rest day after the semi-finals). The dates will be June 24-28, July 1-5, July 8-12, and July 15-19, with games starting at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time / 14:30 Central Europe.

Allocation of players (X = not playing)

# Fed Name Rating Leg 1 Leg 2 Leg 3 Leg 4
1 Kateryna Lagno 2608 X
2 Hou Yifan 2601 X
3 Ju Wenjun 2536 X
4 Alexandra Kosteniuk 2521 X
5 Anna Muzychuk 2505 X
6 Humpy Koneru 2483 X
7 Valentina Gunina 2476 X
8 Sarasadat Khademalsharieh 2431 X
9 Harika Dronavalli 2422 X
10 Zhansaya Abdumalik 2409 X
11 Deysi Cori 2391 X
12 Anna Ushenina 2387 X
13 Tatev Abrahamyan 2352 X
14 Irina Krush 2342 X
15 Le Thao Nguyen Pham 2325 X
16 Vaishali Rameshbabu 2313 X
17 Olga Girya 2297 X
18 Gunay Mammadzada 2242 X
19 Munkhzul Turmunkh 2235 X
20 Bibisara Assaubayeva 2232 X
21 Ning Kaiyu 2013 X
Wildcard Antoaneta Stefanova 2485 X X X

All matches in each Grand Prix leg are divided into three segments:

  • 30-minute segment of matches with the time control 5 minutes + 1 second per move
  • 30-minute segment of matches with the time control 3 minutes + 1 second per move
  • 10-minute segment of matches with the time control 1 minute + 1 second per move

In each leg, every player scores cumulative Grand Prix points according to her position in the final standings (for details, please the check full tournament regulations). The two players who score the highest points in all three legs qualify for the Super Final.

Each one of the Grand Prix legs has a total prize fund of $10,300 with $3,000 going to the winner.

Grand Prix Leg 1 Schedule

Date PDT
Time
CEST
Time
Fed Player Fed Player
June 24 5:30 a.m. 14:30 GM Kateryna Lagno WIM Ning Kaiyu
June 24 5:30 a.m. 14:30 IM Zhansaya Abdumalik GM Anna Ushenina
June 24 5:30 a.m. 14:30 GM Ju Wenjun WGM Bibisara Assaubayeva
June 24 5:30 a.m. 14:30 GM Humpy Koneru WGM Le Thao Nguyen Pham
June 24 7:00 a.m. 16:00 GM Anna Muzychuk WIM Munkhzul Turmunkh
June 24 7:00 a.m. 16:00 GM Antoaneta Stefanova WGM Vaishali R
June 24 7:00 a.m. 16:00 GM Valentina Gunina WGM Tatev Abrahamyan
June 24 7:00 a.m. 16:00 GM Alexandra Kosteniuk IM Gunay Mammadzada

 

 

As the world number-one-rated blitz player, Lagno first plays the lowest-rated opponent in the field, 15-year-old Ning of China. Although with a rating of 2013 in blitz (probably due to a lack of rated events played), she should not be underestimated. Recently Ning won the online Asian Girls Championship.

The women’s world champion, GM Ju, is playing her first event since the FIDE Chess.com Online Nations Cup where she scored a solid, undefeated 3.5/5. She plays against 16-year-old Assaubayeva, Kazakhstan’s third player behind IM Dinara Saduakassova and IM Zhansaya Abdumalik.

Russia’s Gunina entered the Grand Prix stage in dramatic fashion. Having missed several qualifications in the first five Playoff Qualifiers, she finally managed to secure a spot in the sixth and final one.

Her opponent, Abrahamyan, also came from the last qualifier. The American WGM was streaming her play, and when she finished among the top eight, she tweeted: “Going to try my luck in the bullet portion of women’s SCC qualifier. Come watch me blunder all my pieces away.”