2023 Cairns Cup

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.


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  3 - 13, 2023
Location Saint Louis Chess Club 
Format 10-Player Round Robin
Prize Fund $180,000

Date Time* Event
June 3 1:00 PM Round 1
June 4 1:00 PM Round 2
June 5 1:00 PM Round 3
June 6 1:00 PM Round 4
June 7 1:00 PM Round 5
June 8 Rest Day Rest Day
June 9 1:00 PM Round 6
June 10 1:00 PM Round 7
June 11 1:00 PM Round 8
June 12 1:00 PM Round 9
June 13 1:00 PM Playoffs (if necessary)

*All times are Central Time (GMT-6)*

Place Prize Place Prize
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