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January/February 2020

On February 6 through 17, 2020, the Saint Louis Chess Club will host the Cairns Cup, an elite level tournament for the top female players from around the world. Inspired by its mission to further promote the game of chess to women and girls, the Chess Club aptly chose the name Cairns Cup in honor of co-founder Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield’s maiden name.

Fans can look forward to a chess tournament similar in style to the prestigious Sinquefield Cup with the ten best female players from around the world competing in the Chess Club’s facility for a $180,000 prize fund. The Saint Louis Chess Club is located at 4657 Maryland Ave in the Central West End. More information about players selected will be announced on their website, saintlouischessclub.org.

The tournament schedule is:

Thursday 6-Feb 6:00 PM Private Opening Ceremony
Friday 7-Feb 1:00 PM Round 1
Saturday 8-Feb 1:00 PM Round 2
Sunday 9-Feb 1:00 PM Round 3
Monday 10-Feb 1:00 PM Round 4
Tuesday 11-Feb 1:00 PM Round 5
Wednesday 12-Feb Rest Day/Community Day
Thursday 13-Feb 1:00 PM Round 6
Friday 14-Feb 1:00 PM Round 7
Saturday 15-Feb 1:00 PM Round 8
Sunday 16-Feb 1:00 PM Round 9
Monday 17-Feb 1:00 PM Playoff
6:00 PM Private Closing Ceremony

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit saintlouischessclub.org or call: (314) 361-CHESS (2437).

All Photographs Courtesy of Saint Louis Chess Club.

Lucy Knapp is the editor of the St. Louis / St. Charles Women's Journal.

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