Koneru Humpy wins the first tournament of FIDE Women Grand Prix series 2019-20

India’s Koneru Humpy held the reigning Women’s World Champion Ju Wenjun to a quick draw in the final round to clinch the Fide World Grand Prix title with 8 points from 11 rounds. Humpy takes home 15,000 Euro first prize and 160 WGP points. The other India in the fray, Dronavali Harika finished seventh.

Women’s FIDE Grand Prix Series 2019-2020 consist of four (4) Women’ Grand Prix tournaments (hereinafter referred to as WGP tournaments) held over two years (2019-20). The Skolkovo FIDE Women’s Grand Prix is a 12-player round-robin taking place in Skolkovo, near Moscow from 11-22 September 2019. It forms the first of four stages of the 2019-20 WGO events, which will determine two places in the 2021 Candidates Tournament. Sixteen players compete in the series, each playing in three of the four events.
GM Dronavali Harika scored 5.0/11 and finished seventh.

Humpy, the strongest female player of India, had won four games in a row before the final round and that run meant that she only needed a draw to clinch the title.

In the last round, she had the advantage of playing white against Ju, who is the reigning World Champion.

The Top-5 Standings

Rank Name Score Rating
 Koneru, Humpy
8/11 2560
 Ju, Wenjun
7½/11 2576
 Goryachkina, Aleksandra
6½/10 2564
 Lagno, Kateryna
6½/11 2545
 Gunina, Valentina
5½/10 2502

Photos: David Llada/ Women’s Grand Prix