Historically observed, chess is a very popular and extremely significant sport in Georgia. Therefore, every year there is more tournaments and championships available to incredible Georgian players who show strong emotions and passion towards this type of game. Because of this, Georgia has a large number of Grandmasters (GM), International Masters (IM), Candidate Masters (CM), as well as FIDE Masters (FM). Georgia also has a significant number of Women Grandmasters (WGM) Women International Masters (WIM), Women Candidate Masters (WCM) and also Women FIDE Masters (WFM).
Nona Gaprindashvili Cup Open-A
This is a competition held in honor of the Georgian best female chess player and first female Grandmaster Nona Gaprindashvili. It was held in September 2015 with 60 participants from the countries of the ex-Soviet Union. Among them 6 Grandmasters such as Levan Pantsulaia, Luka Paichadze, Tornike Sanikidze, Davit Maghalashvili and Davit Lomsadze from Georgia, and Hovik Hayrapetyan from Armenia. There were also 14 International Masters, four Women Grandmasters, 5 Women International Masters, 8 FIDE Masters, and 6 Women FIDE Masters.
Nona Gaprindashvili Cup Open-B
It was also held in September 2015, with 109 participants from Georgia, Turkmenistan, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Russia, and Iran. Unlike Nona Gaprindashvili Cup Open-A, this tournament only featured only three Women FIDE Masters - Jemal Ovezdurdiyeva, Ogulgerek Atabayeva from Turkmenistan and Nino Jalaghonia from Georgia. There was also one Woman Candidate Master - Lali Bibilashvili.Full Article