The FIDE Women's Grand Prix 2015-16 is a series of four chess tournaments exclusively for women, which determine one player to play in the Women's World Chess Championship 2017, a 10-game match probably against a knock-out world champion.
It is the fourth cycle of the tournament series. Top ranked player is former women's world champion Hou Yifan, who won the previous three editions of the Grand Prix.
Sixteen women are selected to compete in these tournaments. Each player agrees to a contract to participate in exactly three of these tournaments. The players must rank their preference of tournaments once the final list of host cities is announced and the dates are allocated to each host city.
Each tournament is a 12-player, single round-robin tournament. In each round players score 1 point for a win, ½ point for a draw and 0 for a loss. Grand Prix points were then allocated according to each player's standing in the tournament: 160 grand prix points for first place, 130 for second place, 110 for third place, and then 90 down to 10 points by increments of 10. In case of a tie in points the Grand Prix points are shared evenly by the tied players.
Players only count their three best tournament results. The player with the most Grand Prix points is the winner. FIDE reserves the right to change locations and dates and increase the tournaments to six (6) and players to eighteen (18) if extra sponsorship is secured by end of April 2016.
Players invited base on qualifying criteria were:
The prize money for the single tournaments and the overall series stayed the same as the previous year.
|Place||Single Grand Prix event||Overall standings||Grand Prix points|
With the objective of determining a clear, single winner to play in the Challenger Match and in the case of the top two or more players having equal cumulative points, the following criteria (in descending order) will be utilized to decide the overall winner:
Like the men's last Grand Prix, the tournaments were reduced from six to four.
|No.||Host city||Date||Winner||Points (Win/draw/loss)|
|1||Monte Carlo, Monaco||2-16 October 2015||Hou Yifan (China)||9/11 (+8=2-1)|
|2||Kish, Iran||February 2016|
|3||Tbilisi, Georgia||May 2016|
|4||Chengdu, China||July 2016|
|Monte Carlo||Kish||Tibilisi||Chengdu||Played||Best 3|
|1||Hou Yifan (China)||2671||160||160|
|2||Koneru Humpy (India)||2578||120||120|
|3||Mariya Muzychuk (Ukraine)||2528||120||120|
|4||Pia Cramling (Sweden)||2513||85||85|
|5||Natalia Pogonina (Russia)||2445||85||85|
|6||Alexandra Kosteniuk (Russia)||2530||65||65|
|7||Antoaneta Stefanova (Bulgaria)||2500||65||65|
|8||Nana Dzagnidze (Georgia)||2573||50||50|
|9||Natalia Zhukova (Ukraine)||2482||30||30|
|10||Almira Skripchenko (France)||2441||30||30|
|11||Anna Muzychuk (Ukraine)||2549||30||30|
|12||Sarasadat Khademalsharieh (Iran)||2397||10||10|
|13||Ju Wenjun (China)||2542||0|
|14||Valentina Gunina (Russia)||2529||0|
|15||Dronavalli Harika (India)||2508||0|