28 October 2015

2015-2016 Women's Grand Prix, Monte Carlo

For my previous post, CAM Zonals, Women's Events, and C27 Zonals, I created a new page for the 2015-2016 FIDE Women's Grand Prix. For this post, I added the first leg of the event, held at Monte Carlo in Monaco. The second leg of the Grand Prix is scheduled for February 2016 in Kish, Iran.

For the Grand Prix from the previous cycle, see 2013-2014 FIDE Women's Grand Prix. For the corresponding post on this blog, see 2013-2014 Women's Grand Prix, the Players.

21 October 2015

CAM Zonals, Women's Events, and C27 Zonals

The last time I mentioned Rafael Santana of Venezuela on this blog was in More CAM Zonals, where CAM means Central America. He has since completed two more zonal pages on his own site, which I incorporated into

A few years ago, the CAM zonals were among the least documented events on my page for the World Championship Zonals. Now, thanks to Rafael, they are among the most documented.


I also updated my index for the World Championship for Women. First I added a new page for the 2015-2016 FIDE Women's Grand Prix; the first event has already finished and I'll add it ASAP. Then I updated my page on the 2015 Hou Yifan - M.Muzychuk Title Match; the event is now scheduled for March 2016 in Lviv, Ukraine.


After my first post last month on the C27 Zonals (the current cycle), I realized I had made several mistakes regarding the African zonals. I added a correction to that post.

14 October 2015

2015 World Cup Players

Continuing with 2015 World Cup Results, I added the PGN file to my page on the 2015 Baku World Cup. I also added the 128 players to my World Chess Championship : Index of players. A quick count indicates that there were 36 players participating in their first World Championship event at this level.

07 October 2015

2015 World Cup Results

I added crosstables for the recently completed Baku event to my page on the 2015 World Cup. For the first time I was able to follow the tournament as it evolved into the final mini-match between GMs Karjakin and Svidler.

Congratulations to both for qualifying into the forthcoming Candidates tournament and to GM Karjakin for winning the World Cup.

I still have a few actions to perform:-

  • Add the PGN game scores, but first I have to correct a few errors I found in the source data.

  • Add an explanation of the tiebreaks used. For the 2013 World Cup, I simply pointed to the page for the 2011 event. I plan to do the same for the 2015 event, but I should first confirm that the tiebreak systems were the same for all three events. My post on the Evolution of the FIDE Knockouts suggests that the formats were equivalent.

  • Add the 128 players to the Index of players.

Now that the event belongs to history, I would like to consider World Champion Carlsen's suggestion that the format be used for future World Championships.


Later: For the follow-up actions, see 2015 World Cup Players and 2015 World Cup Tiebreak.