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2020 Cairns Cup tournament attracts top
women chess players from around the world

by Dean Minderman
Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield (fourth from left) with players competing in the 2020 Cairns Cup

The 2020 Cairns Cup chess tournament opened on Thursday, February 6 at the St. Louis Chess Club with a field of top women players from around the world, including nine grandmasters.

This was the second year for the tournament, which was created specifically for women and named in honor of the co-founder of the club, Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield (née Cairns). Ten players competed in a round-robin format for a prize fund totaling $180,000 – $30,000 more than last year – with the top three finishers receiving $45,000, $35,000, and $25,000.

After ten days of tournament play, GM Humpy Koneru was the winner, with GM Ju Wenjun taking second place, and GM Aleksandra Goryachkina and GM Mariya Muzychuk tying for third place.

On the tournament’s break day, the St. Louis Chess Club once again invited girl chess players seeking to earn their Chess Merit Badge for Scouts BSA for a “community day” to work on their badges and get tips, photos and autographs from the pros.

For a closer look at the 2020 Cairns Cup tournament, read the Mic.com article “Inside the cutthroat world of women’s professional chess.”

Wednesday
19
February 2020
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Article spotlights SLU’s Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research

by Dean Minderman

A recent article in St. Louis University’s campus newspaper University News spotlighted the work being done at the university’s Sinquefield Center for Applied Economic Research.

The Center, founded in 2018 with funding from a $50 million dollar donation to SLU from Rex and Jeanne Sinquefield, conducts research focused on economic growth and social welfare than can inform public policy.

Currently, “we are interested in human capital development,” said Michael Podgursky, P.h.D., the director of the Center. “We want to know where kids [in the education system] are succeeding and failing. We want to find out how we can make education work better in the area.” You can read the complete article online here.

Monday
17
February 2020
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University of Missouri School of Music celebrates
opening of Sinquefield Music Center

by Dean Minderman

The University of Missouri School of Music celebrated the opening of its new building, the Sinquefield Music Center, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house on Saturday, February 1.

The building (pictured) is named for lead donors Dr. Jeanne and Rex Sinquefield, who contributed $10 million toward the $24 million total cost of design and construction. Located in the heart of campus on University Avenue, the 47,000 square foot facility includes dedicated spaces for vocal and instrumental ensemble performances, 26 practice rooms, and a recording studio large enough to fit an 18-piece jazz big band.

Attendees at the ceremony heard remarks from Dr. Sinquefield; University of Missouri chancellor Alexander Cartwright; College of Arts and Sciences dean Pat Okker; and the School of Music’s director, Dr. Julia Gaines, who called the new facility “a game changer” for the department, the university, the city of Columbia, and the state.

They also heard the Mizzou New Music Ensemble perform “Construction,” a new work composed specifically for the occasion by Mizzou student and 2019 Sinquefield Composition Prize winner Niko Schroeder, and after the program concluded, had the opportunity to tour the building.

You can read the MU News Bureau’s coverage of the ribbon cutting and open house here, and an interview with Julia Gaines about what the opening of the Sinquefield Music Center means for the School of Music here. In addition, the bureau produced a video about the building, which can be seen in the embed window below.

The building and Saturday’s event prompted three stories in the Columbia Missourian, about the Sinquefields’ ongoing support of music at Mizzou, the efforts to get the building ready to open, and the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

More media attention came from a feature in the Columbia Daily Tribune, as well as national coverage from a story by the Associated Press.

Exterior photo of the Sinquefield Music Center by Dale Lloyd. Other photos by Bob Jacquin.

Thursday
06
February 2020
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