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Round 1 report

IMG 2611 The first round of the 6th stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament got under way in the building of TCF on the 16th of September 2012. The President of TCF, FIDE Vice-President Ali Nihat Yazici made symbolic move 1.e4 in the game between Betul Yildiz and Humpy Koneru.
In spite of the fact that the current Women's World Champion Hou Yifan has already won the Grand Prix 2011-2012 and cannot be caught by any of the other player, the one who placed second in the Series still have the chance to become the challenger in the match in 2013

FIDE President visits Turkish Chess Federation
IMG 2351FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, visited the premises of the Turkish Chess Federation and also inspected the tournament hall which will be used for the last stage of the 2011/2012 FIDE Women Grand Prix Series.
Opening ceremony

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Only five days passed since the World Chess Olympiad had finished in Istanbul and Turkey once again welcomes participants of another international chess event! The opening ceremony and technical meeting of the 6th stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix Series 2011-2012 took place in Goksu Lokantasi Restaurant in Ankara on the 15th of September. 

Women's Grand Prix in Ankara
afisfotoAnkara (historically known as Angora) is the capital of Turkey and the country's second largest city after Istanbul. The city has a mean elevation of 938 metres.

Centrally located in Anatolia, Ankara is an important commercial and industrial city. It is the center of the Turkish Government, and houses all foreign embassies. It is an important crossroads of trade, strategically located at the centre of Turkey's highway and railway networks, and serves as the marketing centre for the surrounding agricultural area.

The city was famous for its long-haired Angora goat and its prized wool (mohair), a unique breed of cat (Angora cat), Angora rabbits and their prized wool (Angora wool), pears, honey, and the region's muscat grapes.
The event will be held in Ankara between the 15th and 29th of September.

Player Title Rating 09.2012
Muzychuk, Anna GM 2606
Koneru, Humpy GM 2593
Zhao, Xue GM 2549
Ju, Wenjun WGM 2528
Kosintseva, Tatiana GM 2524
Cmilyte, Viktorija GM 2520
Stefanova, Antoaneta GM 2502
Ruan, Lufei WGM 2492
Socko, Monika GM 2463
Munguntuul, Batkhuyag IM 2434
Yildiz, Betul Cemre WGM 2341
Ozturk, Kubra WGM 2294
Average  2487
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