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.
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/