FIDE Women's Grand Prix leg in Khanty-Mansiysk 2016

18 November - 2 December The winner of the Women’s Grand Prix series 2015-16 will play with the Women World Champion in a 10-game match for the Women’s World Championship title.

Tournament format
Time control
90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game with an increment of 30 seconds per move from move one
Ju Wenjun, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Harika Dronavalli, Valentina Gunina, Natalija Pogonina, Nino Batsiashvili, Lela Javakhishvili, Almira Skripchenko, Olga Girya, Natalia Zhukova, Sarasadat Khademalsharieh, Bela Khotenashvili
GM Evgenij Miroshnichenko
Ju Wenjun Kosteniuk Gunina Pogonina Girya Harika VIDEO ARCHIVE OFFICIAL WEBSITE

The current leader of the series is Humpy Koneru from India who has 335 points but has already taken part in three Grand Prix tournaments. The Chinese players Ju Wenjun and Zhao Xue occupy the second and third places in the overall standings with 235⅓ and 250 points respectively. However, Zhao Xue is not playing in Khanty-Mansiysk, so only Ju Wenjun will be able to get more ranking points.

Other players who have theoretical chances to win the series are the Russian grandmasters Valentina Gunina (205 points) and Alexandra Kosteniuk (195 points), and Dronavalli Harika from India (190 points).