The 12 elegant chess Amazons will have good reasons to try giving out their best. The prize fund is quite attractive (60.000, from which 10.000 will go to the winner), but some may be more attracted by accumulating Grand Prix points. For instance, the unshared first place would collect 160 points, meaning a big step ahead towards the overall win in the 2013-2014 FIDE Women Grand Prix circuit
Now is the right moment to explain the system of qualifying briefly. Each player has the right to play in four out of the six Grand Prix tournaments, but only the best three results will count. The player accumulating the highest number of points will get the right to a match with the World Cup winner, who will, until then, be considered a World Champion! If the same player wins both events, the second placed in the Grand Prix circuit will become the challenger.
The participation of the two highest rated female players (with the exception of Judit Polgar), Hou Yifan and Humpy Koneru will be an important point of attraction. But local audience may be more interested in how their heroes, Bella Khotenashvili and Nana Dzagnidze will do; will the native territory help them, or, on the contrary, playing surrounded by their fans will put additional psychological pressure on their shoulders?
But now that the drawing of lots has taken place, none of the players thinks of such general things anymore; time has come for preparing and focusing on the tomorrow's opponent. Which doesn't prevent me from adding that the opening ceremony was honoured by the presence of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov and other FIDE VIPs. I would kindly recommend you to visit our photo gallery of the Opening Ceremony
Ladies and gentlemen, the Women Grand Prix has officially started!