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

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.”

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February 2020