August 20, 2011
Series of tournaments where results are cumulated to a final standing.
In 1993 and 1994 Intel sponsored two Rapid Chess Grand Prix. FIDE Commerce, the FIDE commercial company at that time, started one in 2002, Peter Leko won the first tournament in Dubai and Garry Kasparov succeed in Moscow but the lack of finance made the event collapsing few months later.
In 2008 Global Chess announced a new cycle of 6 tournaments on 2 year calendar starting from April 2008 and finishing in May 2010. Levon Aronian led the final standing ahead of Teimur Radjabov and Alexander Grischuk.
Baku hosted the first tournament which saw the victory of Vugar Gashimov, Wang Yue and Magnus Carlsen. Sochi, the second tournament was won by Levon Aronian. Dmitry Jakovenko, Teimur Radjabov, and Alexander Grischuk shared the first place in Elista. Levon Aronian won the fourth round of the FIDE Grand Prix in Nalchik. Vassily Ivanchuk scored an undefeated 8.5 out of 13 to win the Jermuk leg and finally Pavel Eljanov succeeded in the last tournament organized in Astrakhan.
A similar cycle for women has been started in 2009. Humpy Koneru won the first leg in Istanbul, former Women’s World Champion, GM Xu Yuhua won the second tournament in Nanjing, Tatiana Kosintseva triumphed in Nalchik, Nana Dzagnidze was undefeated in Jermuk, Hou Yifan won the first women international tournament in Ulaanbaata and finally Humpy Koneru and Elina Danielian shared the victory in Doha.
Yifan Hou (410 pts) won FIDE Women’s Grand Prix 2010-2011 with a small advantage on Koneru Humpy (390 pts) and Nana Dzagnidze (390 pts).
The second Women’s Grand Prix cycle 2011-2012 has started in August 2011 with the tournament of Rostov (Russia). The World Championship Hou Yifan won the first event ahead of Kateryna Lahno.