18 December 2019

2019-20 Women's Grand Prix

I ended my first post on the current Women's Grand Prix, titled Status of the Women's World Championship (October 2019), with:-
I'll wait until FIDE has published the necessary documents before I tackle the new cycle.

The second event in that Grand Prix, held in Monaco, has ended and there is still no sign of documentation covering the full cycle. One page on the Women's Grand Prix, About and Schedule — FIDE Grand prix 2019, says,

Sixteen (16) players compete in four WGP tournaments. Each of the sixteen players participate in three (3) out of four WGP tournaments. Each WGP tournament is played with twelve (12) players round robin. In each WGP tournament every player scores WGP points according to her position in the final standings; the winner of WGP Series is a player who scores the most number of cumulative points earned in all three WGP tournaments she played.

The two (2) players who score the most number of cumulative points in WGP Series qualify to the FIDE Women Candidates Tournament to be held in the first half of 2021.

The FIDE handbook still points to the document for the previous cycle, which does not mention a FIDE Women Candidates Tournament. To help anyone who happens to consult my page on the World Chess Championship for Women, I added a link to 'Label : Women' on this blog.

The third leg of the Women's Grand Prix will take place at Lausanne in March 2020. Will the necessary documentation be available by then?

Next month, January 2020, we will see the final event in the previous cycle, a title match between Ju Wenjun and Aleksandra Goryachkina. This will be the first event occurring under the WADA restrictions that I documented in the previous post, WADA Ya Know. I'm not expecting anything dramatic to happen, given the short time since the WADA restrictions were announced.

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