Chess For Girls project is sponsored by FIDE (FIDE Women’s Commission), Webster University – SPICE, and the Susan Polgar Foundation, with support from the Austrian Chess Federation, Vienna Chess Federation and hosted by Webster University Vienna.
The organizers have invited the top 10 highest rated girls in the world (1 per country limit) to Webster University – Vienna Campus for a 4-day intense training. After the training, they will compete against each other in a round robin tournament for the top prize of 2,000 euros.
The organizers cover all hotel (4-star) expenses and meals + 6,050 euros (2,000-1,250-750-500-400-300-250-200-200-200) total cash prizes for the 10 participants.
Top two players from Austria (as the host nation) will go through the full training sessions but will not participate in the tournament.
The first edition of FIDE Chess For Girls was held at Webster University – Geneva Campus, and the second one was held in Saigon, Vietnam.
IM Ziaziulkina, N (Belarus) 2431
WFM Osmak, I (Ukraine) 2426
IM Khademalsharieh, S (Iran) 2412
IM-elect Aulia, Medina W (Indonesia) 2412
WGM Abdumalik, Z (Kazakhstan) 2411
WGM Davaademberel, N (Mongolia) 2371
WIM Blagojevic, T (Montenegro) 2338
WGM Mammadzada, G (Azerbaijan) 2336
WFM Bykova A (Russia) 2337
WFM Gazikova, V (Slovakia) 2314
* IM Rodriguez, P (Colombia) 2371 – Could not obtain visa timely. She was replaced by another participant.
News and photos by Paul Truong