2020 Cairns Cup Recap

Cairns Cup Day 9 Recap

As the dust settled in a momentous final round, Humpy Koneru emerged as this year’s Cairns Cup Champion. She captured clear first with 6/9 points and will take home a sweet $45,000 in prize money. With all of the excitement seen throughout this tournament, it wasn’t a surprise that the final day offered even more drama with multiple storylines.

Cairns Cup Day 8 Recap

In an electrifying penultimate round, the hunt for first place shifted dramatically. Carissa Yip stole the show as she took down tournament co-leader Wenjun Ju in an absolute masterclass. Meanwhile, Humpy Koneru catapulted herself into clear first as she took down Valentina Gunina in a one-sided demolition.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 7 Recap

A couple hearts were broken this Valentine's Day as two marathon endgames ended unexpectedly. Wenjun Ju brilliantly outplayed Nana Dzagnidze, but gave away her entire advantage with a single blunder in time pressure.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 6 Recap

With the players fresh off a rest day, Round 6 produced two thrilling decisive games. Carissa Yip took down defending champion Valentina Gunina in a fiery tactical battle and Humpy Koneru managed to grind down Alexandra Kosteniuk in a long technical endgame.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 5 Recap

In the bloodiest round of the Cairns Cup thus far, a remarkable five out of five games ended decisively. Every game produced intriguing fireworks as players were able to give it their all before the rest day.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 4 Recap

With the rest day soon approaching, some players were keen on conserving energy while others were adamant about fighting until the bitter end. Round 5 produced two decisive games as Wenjun Ju defeated Valentina Gunina, and Alexandra Kosteniuk took down Carissa Yip.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 3 Recap

Going into Round 3, the fight for first was tightly contested with four players tied atop the leaderboard. After a number of topsy-turvy battles and dramatic time pressure situations, Nana Dzagnidze emerged as the clear leader with 2.5/3.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 2 Recap

Today’s round was filled with excitement as chess fans got to witness heartbreaking blunders, jaw dropping tactics, intense time pressure situations, and one marathon endgame. It seemed like the games produced continual drama as there were multiple unexpected turn-arounds.

2020 Cairns Cup - Day 1 Recap

Humpy Koneru

At the Cairns Cup opening ceremony last night the players expressed gratitude and excitement to be part of such a strong and historic event. They promised to deliver dynamic and exciting chess for this event and maybe even produce more decisive games than the Sinquefield Cup.