Cairns Cup - Round 9

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2/15/2019 – Live games and commentary beginning at 19:00 UTC (20:00 CET, 14:00 EST) by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade. Ten of the world's top female chess players compete at the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of Saint Louis from February 6th to 16th. The tournament is similar to the Sinquefield Cup, but for women. Official site:

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Round 9

Round 8 report

The tournament format is a classical round-robin with ten players. Nine rounds will be played, one each day through February 15th (except the rest day on the 11th) with a possible playoff on Saturday, February 16th.

The total prize fund of USD $150,000 includes $40,000 for first, $30,000 for second and $20,000 for third.

Players receive 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes for the rest of the game plus a 30-second bonus per move starting from move one.

Live games and commentary


Commentary by GM Yasser Seirawan, GM Maurice Ashley and WGM Jennifer Shahade

Current standings


The players

Participants include players from seven different countries, including former Women's World Champion Alexandra Kosteniuk, former Women's World Rapid Champion Nana Dzagnidze, four-time US Women's Champion Anna Zatonskih and seven-time US Women's Champion Irina Krush.

Even without the leading six players on the February Elo rating list (Hou Yifan, Ju Wenjun, Kateryna Lagno, Anna Muzychuk, Humpy Koneru and Mariya Muzychuk), it will be one of the strongest women's tournaments ever in this format. 

Players group photo

Group photo at the opening ceremony | Photo: Lennart Ootes


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lute lute 2/16/2019 12:56
Good job Yasser, Maurice, and Jennifer. The three of you were symbiotic. I hope the sponsors keep you together for next year.
TomE57ach TomE57ach 2/15/2019 02:36
Been totally enjoying this event. The games have been really exciting.. It's nice to get to know these players too - prior to this event, I had no idea who many of them were, and now I'm a fan of Valentina Gunina, just to name one. Of course, the coverage with Yasser, Jen, Maurice, and Tania is great as always, as are the stories from Yasser. And it was wonderful to see Fabi drop by during round 8!
lute lute 2/13/2019 09:40
Almost didn't recognize Maurice today - the tan suit through me completely off.
lute lute 2/10/2019 10:42
No live commentary for Round 5?
royce campbell royce campbell 2/10/2019 08:07
Thank you for using a link to the previous round report! Except the feed is round 4, not 5.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 2/8/2019 05:01
Irina! Great save today against Gunina! 1 1/2 out of 2, having already played two of the top three rated players. Maurice Ashley picks Irina to win the tournament, and so do I. She seems primed to perform in this one.
KrushonIrina KrushonIrina 2/7/2019 02:15

Beautifully played endgame under time pressure.

Good luck with Gunina tomorrow.