Women’s Grand Prix
The 1st of the 4 scheduled Women’s Grand Prix tournaments is underway in Skolkovo, Russia and will continue until the 23rd. The top two finishers in this series will qualify for the 2021 Candidates Tournament.
All of the information you might need for the Skolkova tournament can be found on the website above, INCLUDING downloadable PGN! Congratulations to the webmaster for doing a better job at this than the webmaster of the Men’s World Cup in Khanty-Mansiysk.
Of course, it is too early to talk of any tournament favourite. In general, more so than in men’s tournaments, women players are more willing to take risks in their games and less interested in making solid draws, making the prediction of the eventual winner that much more difficult.
This is one of the big appeals of women’s chess, in my opinion, and is one that seems to be shared by much of the chess community.
Today I want to show a game played in round 1 (yesterday) that I found quite interesting from start to finish.
gm Gunina,V – wgm Kashlinskaya,A
Grand Prix 11.9.2019
Download the PGN of this game