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.
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– GM Susan Polgar