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Laying of the foundation stone for Ulaanbaatar Chess academy
Thursday, 29 July 2010
290710_foundation.jpgLaying of the foundation stone for the Chess academy complex was held in the vicinity of Ulaanbaatar city’s Buyant-Ukhaa international airport. At the ceremony FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, FIDE Vice President Geoffrey Borg, Minister of Education, Culture and Science of Mongolia Y.Otgonbayar and other officials were present. 

After the opening speech, according to ancient traditions, monks of Gandantegchilen monastery threw up rice for piety to soil, sky and forest spirits, poured the land of Earth with milk and fermented mare milk to beseech blessings from God the Teacher. After the beseeching ceremony, officials planted a divine jar in the ground of the future Chess academy to attract blessings of holy spirits.

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed the hope that, thanking to the Academy foundation, future World chess champions will be brought up in Mongolia.

FIDE press conference for the 2010 Women’s Grand Prix tournament
Thursday, 29 July 2010
290710_press.jpgThe press conference of the FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov at the 5th stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix tournament in Mongolia was held on July 29 at the Presidential Residence near Ulaanbaatar. FIDE also was represented by FIDE General Secretary Ignatius Leong and Vice President Geoffrey Borg while Mongolian organizing Committee was represented by Minister of Education, Culture and Science Yondon Otgonbayar and President of Mongolian Chess Association Suuri Enkhtsag. Journalists from the Mongolian main TV broadcasting and newspaper media were present, as well as representatives from foreign Embassies to Mongolia. 

The press conference was opened by Minister of Education, Culture and Science Yondon Otgonbayar:

- I wish to express my gratitude to all ladies and gentlemen for coming here. The most outstanding 12 players from 8 countries, including Mongolia, France, Qatar, Turkey, China, will be competing in this round-robin Grand Prix tournament. This 5th Grand Prix tournament in Mongolia features the highest ranking players in the world including 4 world champions. Mongolia is represented by grandmaster Munguntuul. 

FIDE President Kirsan Ilyumzhinov expressed his gratitude to Mr. Otgonbayar for all support and assistance in the organizing of the event and emphasized a high level of the participants:
- It is a great pleasure for me that this tournament of the Grand Prix series is being held in this wonderful city of Ulaanbaatar. The previous tournament was held in Armenia in Europe, now Grand Prix continues in Mongolia in Asia and will be concluded in South America in Chile. As the President of FIDE, I would like to emphasize that in regard of level of the participants, this tournament is the highest ranking in the history of women’s chess championships and tournaments. In this tournament 4 world champions will compete simultaneously, including the famous and legendary world champion Maya Chiburdanidze. The present highest ranking player Humpy Koneru from India will participate as well. It is also a pleasure to note that a Grand Prix international tournament is being held for the first time in Mongolia.
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Nana Dzagnidze is leading FIDE Women Grand Prix series
Wednesday, 28 July 2010

280710_leaders.jpg 30th of July 12 top-grandmasters will start the struggle in the Fifth FIDE Women Grand Prix series tournament in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.

The average rating of the competition is 2487 points.

All participants are very strong. The top-rated player of the tournament is the second-rated player in the World – Humpy Koneru from India. Among the participants – four former Women World Champions: Maia Chiburdanidze, Zhu Chen, Antoaneta Stefanova and Xu Yuhua.

Summarizing the results of the four previous stages, the leader of Women Grand Prix series is Nana Dzagnidze from Georgia. She scored 390 points and she has one more stage to play – in Santiago, Chile.

The second place is occupied by Chinese Hou Yifan (320 points), the third – by Russian Tatiana Kosintseva (290 points). They both have their last chance to gain the Grand Prix series victory in Ulaanbaatar.
The winner of the Grand Prix series will play in 2011 in the Candidate event of the World Championship Cycle.

    The cumulative score is based on best three results for each player. 

Kirsan Ilyumzhinov: «Four former Women World champions come to Ulaanbaatar»
Wednesday, 28 July 2010
290710_ilyumzhinov.jpgDear participants, organizers and guests of the tournament!

On behalf of the International chess federation FIDE I would like to congratulate you on the opening of the next stage of FIDE Women Grand Prix!
First of all, I would like to thank a management of Mongolia, President Tsakhia Elbegdorj for the opportunity to hold the Grand Prix stage in Mongolia capital – Ulaanbaatar.  

So important event are holding in Mongolia for the first time, and this fact shows the development and popularization of chess in the country. There are a lot of strong chess players in Mongolia, practically each Mongolian family have someone who involved in playing chess, game is loved in the country.

Opening of the new point on a chess map has huge value: the general image of Mongolia improves interest to chess increases and remains high - both for adults, and for children. The example, which famous grandmasters show to young chessplayers, gives them a powerful impulse both in life, and in sports.

I am assured, that the tournament will be very interesting. Four former Women World champions will take part in the Grand Prix stage altogether for the first time. Participants will fight for the victory in Grand Prix Series - for possibility to struggle for a title of Women World champion.
I wish all the players uncompromising fight, successes, beautiful games and sporting good luck!

Gens Una Sumus! We are one family!

FIDE President
Head of the Kalmyk Republic
Kirsan Ilyumzhinov
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