The casino "Monte Carlo" was launched the first stage of the FIDE Grand Prix

The first round of Grand Prix FIDE Women was launched on October 3 in the casino “Monte Carlo”. The symbolic first move in the game acting world champion Mary Muzichuk and former champion Antoaneta Stefanova made CEO John Galvani casino. The president of the Chess Federation of Monaco Jean-Michel Rapper congratulated the chess players with the start of the tournament.
Then, in the presence of the head of FIDE Kirsan Ilyumzhinov, the party held Hou Yifan - Pia Cramling, Zamry Koneru - Natalia Pogonina, Alexandra Kosteniuk - Almira Skripchenko, Natalia Zhukova - Nana Dzagnidze.

Кстати, после официального открытия этапа Грани-при, Кирсан Илюмжинов стал почетным гостем знаменитого казино. , а также совершил прогулку по улицам Монте-Карло (крупнейшей административной территории Княжества Монако).
The average rating of the participants of the tournament – 2517.  Such a high rating suggests this tournament is one of the most important in the history of women's chess.
After the official opening of the Grand Prix, Kirsan Ilyumzhinov was the guest of honor of the famous casino. He took a walk around the streets of Monte Carlo (the largest administrative territory of the Principality of Monaco).