FIDE has recently announced the line-up of the Women's Grand Prix. Most people have ignored the Regulations, but we decided to check the document out.
Surprisingly, there is a revolutionary new rule coming up! To promote chess, video from all the games will be broadcast live. The audience will have a chance to vote "Hot or not" in each match-up. The girl who gets more votes receives a full point, while the game is worth one point too, as usual. The bookmakers are at a loss already: they are not only reviewing ratings and game history, but also the results of chess beauty contests. Who will win the series and qualify for a World Women's Championship match and a professional modelling contract from FIDE's new corporate sponsor - an elite modelling agency?
A similar system will be employed at the Women's World Chess Championship match. As far as we know, the tie-break will be rapid chess and a bikini contest. In the case of a tie we will have blitz and mud wrestling.
Another interesting question that came up was why Natalia Pogonina didn't receive a nomination. A top-level FIDE official told Pogonina.com on terms of anonymity: "She is too hot for my liking".
Candidate master Peter Zhdanov offers video commentary on two of his recent games and shares a few practical tips on how to play blitz. Check out the beginning of the video to see a fantastic picture of Natalia Pogonina.
Warning: the annotations are in Russian. In the future we are planning to experiment with authors & formats and to record videos in English too.
By candidate master Peter Zhdanov, editor of Pogonina.com
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