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Post  kingfisher6 on Thu Feb 21, 2019 3:39 pm

2019 Inaugural Cairns Cup: TiNY Commentary U5S5aXT
with GM Maurice Ashley
February 5-16, 2019

Congratulations to winner GM Valentina Gunina (Russia)!!

Women the world over descended 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 brought 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.

The field featured women from seven different countries and consisted of legendary champions, including former Women’s World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, former Women’s World Blitz Champion Nana Dzagnidze, 4-time U.S. Women’s Champion Anna Zatonskih, and 7-time U.S. Women’s Champion Irina Krush. The other participants were: Valentina Gunina, Bela Khotenashvili, Elisabeth Paehtz, Marie Sebag, Harika Dronavalli and Zhansaya Abdumalik.

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.

FINAL round reports with results, stories, pictures, PGN players and more:
Gunina Wins Inaugural Cairns Cup chess.com here
Valentina Gunina wins inaugural Cairns Cup chessbase.com here

Download to view all nine rounds with videos reduced from a combined 8.2 GB (49:32:05) to 3.1 GB. Included in the folder is an archive with non-annotated and annotated PGN files.

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http://www.mediafire.com/folder/der56te4ef6g5/2019_Inaugural_Cairns_Cup

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Post  timeonoff on Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:27 pm

Thank you very much kingfisher6 for creating and uploading mp4-tiny versions of the commentary of this tournament!

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