Deysi Cori – two-time winner of the Queens Festival

Winners of the fourth edition of the Queens Festival – a series of continental women’s online blitz tournaments – were defined at the final stage of the event last weekend. 

The festival program included two competitions: Queens’ Women Open Tournament (all female participants with FIDE ID) and Unrated Princesses’ tournament (for girls without FIDE ID competing in U9 and U16 categories). 

Like a year ago, the Queens’ Women Open Tournament saw the triumph of IM Deysi Cori from Peru. WFM Mariam Avetisyan (Armenia) and WGM Maria Malicka (Poland) finished second and third, respectively.

In the Unrated Princesses’ tournament, Ankita Raj from India emerged as the winner in the U9 age category. Saisha Jimena Merida Calderon and Saung Wutt Hmone Oo took second and third places, respectively.

Medals in the older category – U16 girls – were won by Dariya Aukenova (Kazakhstan, 1st place), Diksha Dilip Yadav (India, 2nd place) and Kalyani Puranikmath (USA, 3rd place).

The main prize for the winners was really impressive! The winners of both events are invited to the 45th World Chess Olympiad 2024 in Budapest, Hungary. The ticket, full-board accommodation for 3 days and invitations to the Opening Ceremony of the Chess Olympiad 2024 for the winner and one accompanying person will be covered.

The finals of both the Queens’ Women Open Tournament and the Unrated Princesses’ tournaments were streamed live on the FIDE Youtube channel with commentators GM Ediz Gurel and WIM Anna Kantane.