The 3rd tournament of the FIDE Women Grand Prix 2011-2012 is scheduled to take place from 8th to 23rd October in Nalchik, Russia. 12 players compete in the round robin event. Russia is represented with five players, including the former World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk who won her title in Nalchik, and Tatiana Kosintseva – the convincing winner of the previous Nalchik Grand Prix.
The reigning World Champion Yifan Hou was the convincing winner of the first two GP tournaments in Rostov and Shenzhen.
Nalchik is the capital city of the Kabardino-Balkar Republic, Russia. Population: 240,095. A balneological and mountain climatotherapy resort, with several sanatoriums. Home of PFC Spartak Nalchik, which is competing in the Russian Football Premier League.
GM Nadezhda Kosintseva RUS 2560 (by rating)
GM Katerina Lahno UKR 2554 (by rating)
GM Tatiana Kosintseva RUS 2536 (by rating)
WGM Ju Wenjun CHN 2536 (nominee of Shenzhen)
GM Antoaneta Stefanova BUL 2528 (by rating)
GM Viktorija Cmilyte LTU 2525 (by rating)
IM Alisa Galliamova RUS 2498 (nominee of Kazan)
GM Zhao Xue CHN 2497 (semi-finalist world championship 2010)
GM Zhu Chen QTR 2490 (nominee of the FIDE President)
GM Alexandra Kosteniuk RUS 2469 (nominee of Nalchik)
IM Munguntuul Batkhuyag MGL 2465 (nominee of the FIDE President)
IM Ekaterina Kovalevskaya RUS 2421 (nominee of Rostov)
The FIDE Women Grand Prix is a series of elite tournaments which will be organised by FIDE and Global Chess. There will be 6 stages over two years in various countries around the world with three tournaments every year.
The winner of each tournament will win 6,500 euros out of a prize fund of 40,000 euros and the overall winner of the series will win a further 15,000 euros at the end of the series.