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1st round press conference
Monday, 26 April 2010
260410_koneru-pc.jpgAfter the end of the first round of the tournament four winners answered to the journalist’s questions. Press conference has started with the traditional question ‘how was the game?”

– Koneru: I have received small overweight with a passed pawn on d5, the opponent has made not a successful move 21…Rd8 though it was necessary to play 21…a6 with a good chances to equalize the game. After that I began winning. In the endgame I sacrificed the bishop and won the game.

– Kosintseva:  Today's game was difficult and interesting. I was successful with the chess opening and received a big overweight in time. The position remained difficult and dynamic. In the endgame the black made a mistake by taking the pawn on e5 by the queen. Black came in troubles and after a couple of mistakes I won.

– Kovanova: My opponent wasn’t so successful, while playing. I had a big advantage after the opening. At one moment I gave Bat a chance, but because of the time troubles she didn’t see the strong move, and it was easy for me to deal with the endgame.
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In the first round - four victories with a white color
Monday, 26 April 2010
260410_yildiz.jpgIn Nalchik, the capital of Kabardino-Balkaria, the 1st round of the third stage of the FIDE Grand Prix series among women took  place. Four of them came to the end with successful results. And all the games were won with white pieces.

The main unexpected event of the first round was that the outsider from Turkey Juldiz Betul  won against the leader of the Grand Prix Series Zhao Xue. In this game the Chinese player chose the Alekhine defense and easily equalized the game.
The game gradually passed in a two-edged endgame, in which Zhao made a blunder and allowed the opponent to pass the pawn into the queen.
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Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: Men and Women series of Grand Prix will continue
Monday, 26 April 2010
260410_pk-1.jpgThe press conference of the FIDE President  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov in  the Grand Prix tournament  with  the participation of the First Deputy of the Prime Minister of KBR   Murat Tkhazaplizhev and the Minister of Sport and Tourism  of KBR  Aslan Afaunov took place before the beginning of  the  opening ceremony of  the III leg of  the   FIDE Women Grand Prix.

- I would like to thank the administration of the Republic, the President Arsen Bashirovich Kanokov for giving the possibility to hold the next stage of Women Grand Prix here, in Nalchik. Really in such a short period, Nalchik has become one of the centers of development for world chess in the last three years, - said  Kirsan Ilyumzhinov,- Various tournaments on a high level such as  the World Women Chess Championship, Men Grand Prix and  other events take place here. The popularity of the sport is increasing, more people want to play chess, and a lot of chess clubs have been restored and opened. The main aim of FIDE  is to popularize and develop  chess. In Nalchik, Kabardino-Balkaria, they strictly stick to two principles -1) the development of elite professional chess  and 2) the mass  development of  chess. Therefore, I would like to thank the administration of Kabardino-Balkaria, the Government, Sport and Tourism Ministry for the help in the development and popularization of chess games.
In a few minutes, we will open the next stage of the Grand Prix, and other events will take place in Armenia in Jermuko,  and in Mongolia in Ulan Bator, and will come to the end in Latin America in Chile. I think, it will be the most interesting competitions for the participants for the world championship  title.
By the way, Alexander Kosteniuk became the champion in Nalchik, thereby, having returned a chess crown to Russia.

Murat Tkhazaplizhev thanked Kirsan Ilyumzhinov that KBR have been holding such competitions as the Women World Championship, the Fourth Stage of Men FIDE Grand Prix and the Third Stage among women for the last three years.
-  The interest in chess among the population has considerably increased, especially among children, - said Tkhazaplizhev.

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Let the strongest win!
Sunday, 25 April 2010
250410_nalchik.jpgThe solemn opening of the Women FIDE Grand Prix chess tournament was held in the Spa-hotel Sindika In Nalchik, on April, 25th, 2010.

The President of the International Chess Federation Kirsan Ilyumzhinov has warmly thanked the administration of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic and personally the President Arsen Kanokov for a great contribution to development of chess as in the Republic itself, so all over the world.

He wished the Republic wins not only in wrestling and football but also in chess. Ilumzhinov noticed that there will be a serious competition and millions of the chess fans who will follow the game on the Internet and will get great pleasure. The First Deputy of the Prime Minister Murat Thazaplizhev wished all the participants luck, and said “let the strongest win”.   

Then the pairings which has defined an arrangement of participants in standings took place under the direction of the main arbiter of the competition, the international arbiter from Serbia Sava Stoisavljevic.

In the first round the following pairs will play: Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia) – Zhu Chen (Qatar), Baira Kovanova (Russia) – Batkhuyag Munguntuul (Mongolia), Humpy Koneru (India) – Elina Danielian (Armenia), Yildiz Betul Cemre (Turkey) – Zhao Xue (China), Tatiana Kosintseva (Russia) – Hou Yifan (China), Pia Cramling (Sweden) – Lilit Mkrtchan (Armenia).

The variety performers of Kabardino-Balkarian Republic appeared on the stage after the ending of the Opening Ceremony’s official part. The live broadcast of the Opening Ceremony was arranged by the State TV Channel for the first time in the history of the Republic.

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