2023 Cairns Cup


Saint Louis Chess Club

For the third 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 STLCC 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 World Chess Hall of Fame for a $180,000 prize fund.

Commentators: Yasser Seirawan, Almira Skripchenko and Nazi Paikidze


1. Humpy Koneru (IND) Grandmaster Rating: 2576
2. Alexandra Kosteniuk (SUI) Grandmaster Rating: 2535
3. Nana Dzagnidze (GEO) Grandmaster Rating: 2525
4. Harika Dronavalli (IND) Grandmaster Rating: 2511
5. Zhansaya Abdumalik (KAZ) Grandmaster Rating: 2497
6. Elisabeth Paehtz (GER) Grandmaster Rating: 2479
7. Bella Khotenashvili (GEO) Grandmaster Rating: 2478
8. Gunay Mammadzada (AZE) International Master Rating: 2449
9. Irina Krush (USA) Grandmaster Rating: 2436
10. Anna Zatonskih (USA) International Master Rating: 2330

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 June 2 — 13, 2023
Location Saint Louis Chess Club
Format 10-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $180,000