Big decisive start on day 1 at Cairns Cup in St Louis

This is a 10-player round robin event

Round 1 results

Dzagnidze, Nana - Krush, Irina 0-1
Gunina, Valentina - Khotenashvili, Bela 1-0
Harika, Dronavalli - Sebag, Marie ½-½
Paehtz, Elisabeth - Kosteniuk, Alexandra 0-1
Zatonskih, Anna - Abdumalik, Zhansaya 0-1

Women the world over will descend upon the Saint Louis Chess Club to compete in the inaugural Cairns Cup, an elite tournament for the top female players from around the world. The nine-round classical chess tournament, to take place from February 5-16, brings together one of the strongest international fields ever assembled in women’s chess with one of the largest prize funds for an all-female tournament.

Inspired by its mission to further promote the game of chess to women and girls, the Saint Louis Chess Club created and named the Cairns Cup in honor of Chess Club co-founder Dr. Jeanne Sinquefield, whose maiden name is Cairns. The tournament format is similar in style to the prestigious Sinquefield Cup, with the 10 best female players from around the world earning invitations to compete at the Saint Louis Chess Club’s renowned facility for the $150,000 prize fund. The top three finishers will receive $40,000, $30,000, and $20,000 respectively.

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