Posts Tagged ‘Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis’


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
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February 2020
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women chess players from around the world

Woodworker who created “Sinquefield Tables” for Chess Club featured on St. Louis Public Radio

by Dean Minderman

The designer and builder of the custom chess tables used for major Grand Chess Tour events at the St. Louis Chess Club is featured in a story on the St. Louis Public Radio website.

Nate Cohen, a woodworker and the chief financial officer of Cohen Architectural Woodworking, a 70-employee family-run business in St. James, MO, wrote an article for StLPR about how he created the “Sinquefield Tables,” which were unveiled at the 2019 St. Louis Rapid & Blitz Opening Ceremony and later used for for the 2019 Sinquefield Cup.

The tables feature built-in display screens showing information about the game being played to the audience. Each chess board is “fully computerized…to monitor player’s moves, clock times and also display other graphic and player information.” You can read Cohen’s complete story here.

Wednesday
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January 2020
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Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield writes new book about chess notation

by Dean Minderman

Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield has written a new book about chess notation, Learn to Read and Write Chess.

Published by the World Chess Hall of Fame, the book (pictured) is intended to help players of all ages learn the basics of chess notation. Starting with the fundamentals of piece names, locations, and written move types. the book takes a “hands-on” approach that combines chess reading and writing skills with physically moving pieces.

For her work on the book and her ongoing support of chess, Dr. Sinquefield received a Meritorious Services award from the US Chess Federation at the annual US Chess Awards ceremony held in August in Orlando, FL.

Learn to Read and Write Chess is available now for purchase at the World Chess Hall of Fame and the St. Louis Chess Club. The book also can be downloaded for free in PDF form from the US Chess Trust website. There also are plans to translate the book into more than a dozen foreign languages, which will be made available as free PDF downloads.

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October 2019
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