The Turkish Chess Federation in collaboration with FIDE and Global
Chess is organising the first event for the new Women Grand Prix series
2009/2010. The tournament will be held in Istanbul, Turkey beginning on
of March 2009. It will also be the second in a
series organised by the Turkish Chess Federation commemorating the
founder of the Turkish Republic, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk.
In conjunction with the tournament, the organisers will show their
customary hospitality and will be hosting the FIDE Presidential Board
for the 1st
Quarter meeting of 2009 from 5-8 March. The sponsor of the event is Türkiye İş Bankası.
event will be held in İş Sanat Gallery (İş Bankası Art Gallery) on the
entrance floor of İş Bank Towers in İstanbul. Opening Ceremony will be
held on the 41st
floor of İş Bank Towers which is the
highest place of İstanbul and Southern Europe. İş Bankası is the
corporate sponsor of the Turkish Chess Federation and supports the
"Turkish Chess in School Curriculum" for the last four years.
The Turkish Chess Federation is one of the most active national
Federations and has already organised in 2009 the Mediterranean
Championships and the Turkish Youth Championships with 996 players.
Turkey has also host some other prestigious FIDE tournaments this year
including the World Men's Team Championship, the World Youth
Championships and the world U-16 Olympiad. TCF is granted to host the
2012 World Chess Olympiad İstanbul, during the 79th
FIDE Congress in Dresden on 24th
The FIDE Women Grand Prix is a new series of elite tournaments which
will be organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be 6 legs over
two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments
every year. The next tournament is planned in Nanjing, China at the end
The winner of each tournament will win 6,500 euros out of a prize fund
of 40,000 euros and the overall winner of the series will win a further
15,000 euros at the end of the series.
This is the first time that such a series is being organised and is a
significant development for the chess world. The introduction of the
Grand Prix series means that there will be a World Championship contest
annually now from 2010. In that year, the Champion will be determined
from the World Championship Knockout which will also be held in Turkey
and the following year, 2011, the World Champions will face the Winner
of the Grand Prix series 2009/2010 in a match for the title.
This will be one of the strongest women tournaments of all times and it
is important to point out that there are three ex-world Champions
taking part as well as the highest ranked women players in the world.