Third Annual Cairns Cup Postponed Due to New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

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Third Annual Cairns Cup Postponed Due to New COVID-19 Travel Restrictions

SAINT LOUIS, December 17, 2021 – The Saint Louis Chess Club regretfully announces the postponement of the upcoming Cairns Cup tournament that was originally scheduled from February 8 - February 19, 2022. The global pandemic known as COVID-19 continues to impact over-the-board events in America due to COVID-19 travel restrictions for non U.S. citizens.

Per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, travel restrictions for non-U.S. citizens have changed as of December 6, 2021. A non-U.S. citizen or a non-U.S immigrant must be fully vaccinated with either the Pfizer, Moderna or Johnson & Johnson vaccine to travel to the United States by plane. All non-U.S citizens are also required to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 when traveling to the United States by air.

“The Saint Louis Chess Club’s priority is the health and well-being of our participants, spectators, staff and partners,” said Saint Louis Chess Club Executive Director Tony Rich. “We look forward to hosting the Cairns Cup at a later date in 2022 once travel restrictions have been revised and non-local players are able to enter the United States.”

Details on dates and format for the 2022 Cairns Cup will be announced in the coming months. For more information, please visit

About the Saint Louis Chess Club

The Saint Louis Chess Club is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization that is committed to making chess an important part of our community. In addition to providing a forum for the community to play tournaments and casual games, the club also offers chess improvement classes, beginner lessons and special lectures.

Recognizing the cognitive and behavioral benefits of chess, the Saint Louis Chess Club is committed to supporting those chess programs that already exist in area schools while encouraging the development of new in-school and after-school programs. For more information, visit