The first leg of the 2024-25 edition of the Women’s Grand Prix is ​​scheduled to begin in the Georgian capital, Tbilisi, next August.

Ten players will participate in the inaugural tournament, including former women’s world champions Alexandra Kosteniuk and Mariya Muzychuk.

Full list of players competing in Tbilisi:

Anna Muzychuk
Mariya Muzychuk
Nana Dzagnidze
Sarasadat Khademalsharieh
Alexandra Kosteniuk
R Vaishali
Alina Kashlinskaya
Lela Javakhishvili
Bibisara Assaubayeva
Stavroula Tsolakidou

The tournament, a nine-game round-robin, will take place from August 14-25 at the luxurious Biltmore Tbilisi Hotel, Georgia’s first glass skyscraper and the tallest hotel in the Caucasus.

The time control will be 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the remainder of the game, with a 30 second increment per move starting from move 1.

“We are looking forward to the first tournament of the new Women’s Grand Prix season. We believe that Georgia is a great place to start given the impact that Nona Gaprindashvili and Maia Chiburdanidze, two former world champions of Georgian origin, have had on the chess world,” said FIDE Board Vice President Dana Reizniece-Ozola. “As we will have more tournaments and more players in the 2024-2025 season, this means more opportunities to increase the visibility of women’s chess and help more women get interested in the sport,” added Reizniece-Ozola.

A new format, more tournaments and a bigger prize pool

Since its launch in 2009, the Women’s Grand Prix series has become one of the most popular and prestigious competitions in women’s chess. For this season, FIDE has made changes to the system, increasing the number of participants from 16 to 20, while the number of tournaments in the season has increased from four to six, and the overall prize money has also increased.

Players of the 2024-2025 season of the Women’s Grand Prix

The list of players includes the qualifiers as well as the wild cards. The list of qualifiers was announced at the end of April this year and includes:

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Player

Qualification course

1

Ju Wenjun* (China)

Participants in the FIDE Women’s World Championship 2023

2

Lei Tingjie (China)

3

Kateryna Lagno (FIDE)

FIDE Women’s Grand Prix Series 2022-23

4

Alexandra Goryachkina (FIDE)

FIDE Women’s World Cup 2023

5

Nurgyul Salimova (Bulgaria)

6

Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine)

7

Tan Zhongyi (China)

8

Vaishali R (India)

FIDE Women’s Grand Swiss Championship 2023

9

Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia)

ten

Humpy Koneru (India)

Standard rating in the FIDE rating list of April 2024

11

Maria Muzychuk (Ukraine)

12

Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia)

13

Harika Dronavalli (India)

14

Alexandra Kosteniuk (Switzerland)

Sarasadat Khademalsharieh replaced Ju Wenjun, who decided not to participate. Khademalsharieh was next in line for the FIDE rating list as of April 2024.

In addition to the qualifiers, there are six wild cards in the event, five of which have been named:

  1. Lela Javakhishvili (Tbilisi)
  2. Bibisara Assaubayeva (Shimkent)
  3. Elisabeth Paehtz (Monaco)
  4. Regina Pokorna (Austria)
  5. Stavroula Tsolakidou (Cyprus)

The regulations for the 2024-2025 Women’s Grand Prix season are available – here.