Reigning Women's World Champion playing in Lausanne in March 2020

The FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2019–20 is a series of four chess tournaments exclusively for women, which will determine two players to play in the Women's Candidates Chess Championship in the year 2021. The winner of the candidate's tournament will play a 12-game match against the world champion in the year 2021.

Venues of the ongoing FIDE Women's Grand Prix are Skolkovo (Russia), Monaco, Lausanne, and Sardinia (Italy).

In total, sixteen players compete in the four Woman GP (WGP) tournaments. Each of the sixteen players participate in three out of four WGP tournaments. Thus, each WGP tournament is played with twelve players in a round robin (all-play-all of eleven rounds).

In each FIDE Woman Grand Prix tournament every player scores points according to her position in the final standings; the winner of the whole series is the player who earned the highest number of cumulative points in the corresponding contests she played. 

The third GP tournament will be held in Lausanne, between March 1st and 14th 2020.

Ju Wenjun, since 2018 the reigning Women's World Chess Champion (she is female and male grandmaster), will also play! The further competitors are legendary Pia Cramling from Sweden, former World Championne Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria, former World Championne Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia, former World Championne Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine, her sister Anna Muzychuk from Ukraine, Aleksandra Goryachkina from Russia, Nana Dagnidze from Georgia, Zhao Xue from China, Harika Dronavalli from India, Marie Sebag from France (these players are all awarded with the male (absolute, open) GM title by FIDE, the International Chess Federation and governing body of worldwide chess competion; since 1950 (male grandmasters) / 1976 (female grandmasters), there are less than 40 women to achieve such a feat), as well as IM & WGM Alina Kashlinskaya from Poland, the reigning Women's European Chess Championne.
 

Note:

Earlier, in January next year, there will be the 2020 Women's World Chess Championship, an upcoming chess match for the Women's World Chess Championship title. It is contested by Ju Wenjun, the winner of the 2018 knock-out championship) and her challenger, Aleksandra Goryachkina the winner of a newly established Candidates Tournament, that was held in Kazan in 2019 (Goryachkina thus gained the right to challenge the Women's World Champion Ju Wenjun of China). 

That title match is planned in two parts, one held in Shanghai (China) and one in Vladivostok (Russia) in January 2020. The total prize fund for this event is an impressive €500,000.

This forthcoming match between Ju Wenjun, born in 1991 in Shanghai, and Aleksandra Goryachkina, born in 1998 in Orsk (Southern Ural region, the city straddles the Ural River; since this river is considered a boundary between Europe and Asia, Orsk can be said to lie in two continents), marks the return to a match only format for the title with qualifying Candidates Tournament, after new FIDE president Arkady Dvorkovich expressed his dissatisfaction for the knock-out tournaments to decide the Women's World Champion and its frequent different winners in the past.

Official Website: https://wgp2019.fide.com/

Reigning World Chess Championne Ju Wenjun from China in play at the Chess Olympiad 2016 (Photo: Karpidis aka Andreas Kontokanis from Piraeus, Greece via Wikipedia)

Current Challenger Goryachkina in play in Kazan at the Women’s Candidates Tournament 2019, which she won. Goryachkina will now meet Ju Wenjun in a World Championship match in January 2020. Regardless the outcome, both will participate at the Lausanne FIDE Woman Grand Prix in March 2020 (Photo: Official Tournament Website https://fwct2019.com, photo credit Anastasiya Karlovych and Eteri Kublashvili)

World Chess Championne 2015-2016: Mariya Muzychuk from Ukraine, pictured in Lviv 2016 (Photo: Vitaliy Hrabar via Wikipedia)

World Chess Championne 2008-2010: Alexandra Kosteniuk from Russia. Kosteniuk has dual Swiss-Russian Citizenship. In 2013, she became the first woman ever to win the men’s Swiss Chess Championship (Picture by Swiss photographer Nicolas Righetti in July 2011 for Migros Magazine)

World Chess Championne 2004-2006: Antoaneta Stefanova from Bulgaria (Photo: chessblog 721368)

Harika Dronavalli from India. She is born in the city of Guntur in the Indian state of Andhra Pradesh. Vishy Anand's success inspired young Harika to start playing chess. She became India's second female chess grandmaster after Humpy Koneru at the men's level (Photo: www.indiatoday.in)

Pia Cramling at FIDE Rapid and Blitz World Chess Championship in 2017 (Photo: Anastasiya Karlovich)

The Grande Dame of Chess, Pia Cramling - just remember, she is born the same year and the same month as Garry Kasparov, and still playing chess on highest female level:

Pia Cramling, born in Stockholm, 23 April 1963.

Since the early 1980s, she has been one of the strongest female players in the world. She has been ranked clear No. 1 woman in the FIDE Elo list in January 1984, and joint No. 1 woman in July 1984.

In 1992, she became the third female to earn the FIDE GM title through conventional tournament play (fifth woman overall).

Cramling is married to the Spanish GM Juan Manuel Bellon Lopez. She lived in Spain for a number of years, but recently moved back to Sweden. They have a daughter, Anna Cramling Bellon, herself a promising chess player.


Welcome back in Switzerland:

It was in Switzerland, Zurich, SGZ Jubilee Open in 1984, where Pia Cramling met her future husband 🙂

It was in Switzerland again, Bern, SVB Open in 1992, where Pia Cramling made her final male gm norm 🙂

As of today, there are still only two women born in West Europe to achieve the male Grandmaster title in chess: Pia Cramling (in 1992, read above), and Marie Sebag (in 2008), the current Individual European Women's Vice-Champion. Both will play at Lausanne FIDE WGP 2020

(Photo: official Website of the Organiser of the European Women's Individual Chess Championship 2019 Held in Antalya, Turkey, http://eiwcc2019)

Reigning European Women's Individual Champion, Alina Kashlinskaya from Russia, she is a Women GM (WGM) and a male International Master (IM), very close to become a male Grandmaster (GM) as well. Kashlinskaya is married to Radosław Wojtaszek from Poland, one of the best players of today, together they are arguably the strongest chess couple of the world right now (Photo: ChessRex.com)

LAUSANNE

Magnus Carlsen in Lausanne at the international Young Masters 2005. Photo: Jonathan Jaccard

Lausanne hosted the FIDE World Championship 1998 Final Match Karpov-Anand.

This summit in Lausanne had been followed by a prominent yearly Young Masters tournament from 1999 to 2006, plus an Open Chess Festival series, lasting from 1999 to 2013.

Carlsen played twice at the Lausanne Young Masters (LYM) tournament, held with 8 of the world's best under-20 player.

LAUSANNE Young Masters (LYM) 1999 – 2006

McShane, LYM 2003. Photo: Jean-François Croset

1999 Bacrot
2000 Grischuk
2001 Bruzon
2002 no tournaments
2003 McShane (5. Karjakin)
2004 McShane (5. Carlsen)
2005 Volokitin (5. Carlsen)
2006 Vachier-Lagrave

Further prominent young, promising players in the Lausanne Youth Masters (LYM):

Nakamura, Mamedyarov, Gashimov (RI.P.), Aronian, Asrian (R.I.P.), Navara, Ponomariov, Kasimdzhanov, Naiditsch, Wojtaszek, Fressinet, Alekseev, Predojevic, Ghaem Maghami, Leitão, Harikrishna, Sasikiran, Wang Yue, Bu Xiangzhi, amongst others,

and Alexandra Kosteniuk, Humpy Koneru, Kateryna Lahno, Elisabeth Pähtz, Tatiana Kosintseva, Nana Dzagnidze, Zhao Xue,

plus from the hosting nation Switzerland: Yannick Pelletier, Florian Jenni, Severin Papa

... then and today ...

Grischuk (born in 1983), while winning the LYM 2000 edition. Photo: David Burnier

Grischuk (peak ranking as clear no. 3 of the world), while winning on tie-break the FIDE GP in Sharjah 2017. Photo: Max Avdeev

«Maîtres vs Éspoirs» (closed international tournament)

Triple winner Tukmakov. Photo 1973 by RIA Novost

2003 IM (GM in 2005) Alexander Raetsky

2004 GM Vladimir Tukmakov (on tie-break),
GM Cyril Marcelin from France, born in 1979

2005 GM Vladimir Tukmakov

2006 GM Vladimir Tukmakov

«Maîtres vs Éspoirs», ten players in a round robin tournament, was a side event at LYM

Lausanne Open Festivals 1999 – 2013

1999 Mark Hebden, 89 players (first edition)

2000 Mladen Palac, 87 players

2001 Petar Genov (on tie-break, then IM, leaving behind > 20 GMs), 114 players

2002 no tournaments

2003 Vladislav Borovikov (on tie-break), 133 players

2004 Vladimir Lazarev (on tie-break), 130 players

2005 Namig Guliyev (on tie-break), 140 players

2006 Daniel Fridman, 128 players

2007 WIM (later WGM) Pauline Guichard, France,
clear first ahead of GMs like Gheorghiu or Gallagher, 87 players

2008 Alexandre Dgebuadze (on tie-break), 95 players

2009 Sebastian Siebrecht, 84 players

2010 Alexandre Dgebuadze (on tie-break), 96 players

2011 Christian Bauer, 97 players

2012 Tigran Gharamian (on tie-break), 89 players

2013 Andrei Istratescu, 90 players (last edition)

Lausanne 1998: A peculiar match

Twenty years ago, in January 1998, Viswanathan Anand and Anatoly Karpov battled their match for the FIDE World Chess Championship in Lausanne — under rather peculiar circumstances:

Anand had qualified for the match by winning the big knock-out tournament in Groningen but then had to go immediately to Lausanne to play for the title — without a break or time for preparation.

Karpov was seeded directly into that match, without any qualification stages.

Garry Kasparov, PCA World Champion, was absent. Vladimir Kramnik, then number two in world, too, boycotted the World Championship in Groningen because he did not agree with the privileges given to Karpov. Anand, then no. 3 of the world, thus was the highest rated player in Groningen, and he won the knock-out competition in December 1997.

The venue of the title match in January 1998 was the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, located directly at Lake Geneva.

Landlord of the beautiful building was Juan Antonio Samaranch, at that time President of the International Olympic Committee. He visited the match every day and followed the games.

FIDE and its president Kirsan Ilyumshinov tried to make Chess an Olympic discipline.
Alas, since then there has not been any progress in this direction..

Retrospective report by Dagobert Kohlmeyer in ChessBase:
https://en.chessbase.com/post/20-years-ago-anand-vs-karpov 

LAUSANNE all

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