The 2020 Cairns Cup is a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 7-17 February in the St. Louis Chess Club, USA.
Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one. No draw offers are allowed before move 30.

For the second time, 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 females, 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 world-renowned facility for a $180,000 prize fund.
This Tournament, a nine-round classical event, will not only be one of the largest prize funds for a women’s tournament, it promises to be the strongest female tournament ever held in the world. The top three finishers will receive $45,000, $35,000, and $25,000 respectively.



At A Glance
Dates February 6-17, 2020
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format 10-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $180,000
Spectators Purchase Tickets Here!
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: Scouts BSA All-Girls Chess Merit Badge Workshop
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

Cairns Cup Prize Fund

1st $45,000 6th $10,000
2nd $35,000 7th $9,000
3rd $25,000 8th $8,000
4th $20,000 9th $7,000
5th $15,000 10th $6,000
Total Prize Fund $180,000

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