Kazakhstan Chess Federation will undertake the organization of the first leg of the FIDE Women’s Grand Prix. Its capital, Nursultan, formerly known as Astana, will host the event from September 21 to October 4.
While the exact line-up for Nursultan is yet to be defined, the WGP Series 2022-23 will feature a total of 16 players, and each one of them will participate in three out of four WGP tournaments. The initial list of qualified players includes the reigning World Champion (Ju Wenjun), the four semi-finalists of the FIDE Women’s World Cup 2021 (Alexandra Kosteniuk, Aleksandra Goryachkina, Tan Zhongyi and Anna Muzychuk), the four top-finishers at the FIDE Grand Swiss 2021 (Lei Tingjie, Elisabeth Paehtz, Zhu Jiner and Mariya Muzychuk). See the complete list of players eligible for the event here.
The total prize fund for the event in Kazakhstan will be €80,000, with another €80,000 being distributed among the top 8 finishers in the global Women’s Grand Prix Series standings, according to the cumulative points they score across the four events.
In the official press release, FIDE thanked the Kazakhstan Chess Federation and the Ministry of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan for their invaluable assistance in holding this event in Nursultan.