The final leg the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2015/2016 in Khanty-Mansiysk declared open
The event takes place at the Ugra Chess Academy, famous for its world class competitions, including Women’s World Blitz and Rapid Championships of 2013 and 2014, 2014 Candidates tournament, final leg of the FIDE Grand Prix 2014/15. These days the Academy once again gathered renowned grandmasters, FIDE representatives, regional officials, and young students of the Ugra Chess Academy, who make their first steps on the way to perfection in this mind game.
The opening ceremony of the tournament was attended by the CEO of FIDE Geoffrey Borg and the director of the department of physical culture and sports of Ugra Igor Gubkin.
After the speeches of the officials, the Chief Arbiter of the tournament, IA Rathinam Anantharam from India, drew the lots.
The players were assigned the following starting numbers:
1. Valentina Gunina, 2. Almira Skripchenko, 3. Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, 4. Nino Batsiashvili, 5. Natalija Pogonina, 6. Natalia Zhukova, 7. Ju Wenjun, 8. Olga Girya, 9. Bela Khotenashvili, 10. Harika Dronavalli, 11. Alexandra Kosteniuk, 12. Lela Javakhishvili.
Therefore, the first round pairings look as follows:
Gunina – Javakhishvili
Skripchenko – Kosteniuk
Khademalsharieh – Harika
Batsiashvili – Khotenashvili
Pogonina – Girya
Zhukova – Ju Wenjun
Kindly find more information in the attached press release
Pairings and results http://wgp2016.fide.com/pairings-results/
Official website – http://wgp2016.fide.com/
FIDE Press Officer of the Women’s Grand Prix in Khanty-Mansiysk