Only five days passed since the World Chess Olympiad had finished in Istanbul and Turkey once again welcomes participants of another international chess event! The opening ceremony and technical meeting of the 6th stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2011-2012 took place in Goksu Lokantasi Restaurant in Ankara on the 15th of September.

The event was attended by such honorable guests as the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice-President and President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici, FIDE CEO Geoffrey Borg, Assistant to the FIDE President Berik Balgabaev, Suat Sözen, the corporate communications Manager of Türkiye İş Bankası, other guests and players.

During the technical meeting the Chief Arbiter Ozgur Salokoglu drew the attention of the participants to the “no-draw offer” and “zero tolerance” rule. Any draw claim will be permitted only through the chief arbiter in the cases of the triple-repetition of the position, perpetual check, in case of theoretically drawn position and the 50 moves rule. Nona Gaprindashvili and Nana Alexandria will be the Technical Adviser and the Head of Appeal Committee respectively.
Ali Nihat Yazici welcomed participants and honorary guests and thanked the government of Türkiye İş Bankası for their great support.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov thanked the board of TCF, the President of TCF Ali Nihat Yazici, the sponsor Is Bankasi for the organization of the 6th stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix in Ankara. He welcomed participants and chess legends Nana Alexandria and Nona Gaprindashvili.

The Chief Arbiter of the tournament Ozgur Salokoglu conducted the ceremony of drawing of colors. The top seed Anna Muzychuk chose number 2.

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