About the Tournament
For the second 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 Chess Club 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 including: Wenjun Ju, Humpy Koneru, Mariya Muzychuk, Kateryna Lagno, Harika Dronavalli, Nana Dzagnidze, Alexandra Kosteniuk, Valentina Gunina, Irina Krush and Carissa Yip.
Started in 2019 and carried into 2020, a fresh new design for the DGT-enabled Cairns Cup Chessmen has been selected. The chessmen are a reproduction of the earliest Staunton chessmen produced between 1849-1850, but with the magnificent new Camaratta Knight design.Because the players would be playing on DGT Project Electronic Sensor Boards, it was decided that the Chessmen would need to feature a 3.75" King Height, allowing it to fully adhere to both USCF and FIDE tournament rules. And the Cairns Cup Official Chessmen were born!
In cooperation with the Chess Club and Scholastic Chess Center of St. Louis, the House of Staunton is offering the 2020 Cairns Cup DGT-Commemorative Chessmen. It is a limited edition Chess set, with a total of only 5 units available, with each Chess set coming with hand-signed Certificate of Authenticity that was signed by each of the 10 players. Chess sets will be sold on a first come, first serve basis; purchase quickly to insure yourself a low production number!
NOTE - These are DGT-Enabled Chess Sets.
Meet the Players
Rank and Name:
FIDE Ranking - 2552
Country - Ukraine
GM Kateryna Lagno
FIDE Ranking - 2518
Country - India
GM Nana Dzagnidze
FIDE Ranking - 2515
Country - Geogria
FIDE Ranking - 2504
Country - Russia
GM Valentina Gunina
FIDE Ranking - 2461
Country - Russia
FIDE Ranking - 2422
Country - United States
FIDE Ranking - 2412
Country - United States
The event is a ten-player, round robin, that began on February 6th. The players compete for a $45,000 prize, and the right to hoist the coveted Cairns Cup.
About the Chessmen
The House of Staunton is proud to offer another masterpiece - Camaratta Signature Series Cooke Luxury Chess Set! Combining the Staunton perfection of the Cooke set with the Maestro's Knight design from the Craftsman set, these Chessmen showcase the Maestro's passion for Greek architecture, as well as the highest standard of the Staunton pattern.
The Cooke design is a perfect reproduction of the original Staunton-pattern chessmen, the standard by which every tournament Chess set has been designed.
The Chessmen are new and each set consists of 34 Chessmen, including four Queens, a standard that was introduced by The House of Staunton over 10 years ago.
The Chess Set comes with an original manufacturer's plaque indicating the production number, with an adhesive backing that would allow it to be affixed to the underside of a Chess box.
About the Chess Box
Each Chess Set comes packed in a House of Staunton Mahogany Premium Chess Box with the Cairns Cup name and logo laser engraved on the lid.
About the Signed Certificate of Authenticity
Each Chess Set comes with a Certificate of Authenticity that was hand-signed by all ten of the participants in the match - Wenjun Ju • Humpy Koneru • Mariya Muzychuk • Kateryna Lagno • Harika Dronavalli • Nana Dzagnidze • Alexandra Kosteniuk • Valentina Gunina • Irina Krush • Carissa Yip. Upon the completion of the event, we will put up a sample of the Signed 2020 Cairns Cup Certificate.
ALL PURCHASES BENEFIT THE CHESS CLUB AND SCHOLASTIC CHESS CENTER OF ST. LOUIS
We're proud to offer our new Layaway program!
- With Layaway, purchasing from us has never been easier or more affordable. It allows you to purchase selected House of Staunton products by making payments over time.
- Simply choose the items that you wish to purchase and how many months you wish to make the payments over.We'll automatically charge your debit/credit card each month. Once you've paid for the item/s in full, they'll be sent to you. It's that simple!
The House of Staunton warranties this item to be free from manufacturing defect for a period of one year from the date of purchase.
Please click here to download a copy of our warranty and guide to caring for your House of Staunton Chess Pieces.
What is Kingside Stamping?
Kingside stamping was part of the original Staunton Pattern design, consisting of a King's Crown stamped into the Rook and Knight that started on the right side (or King's Side) of the chessboard. In Descriptive notation, it is useful for distinguishing between the Kingside and Queen's Side pieces.
Whether you use them in your chess strategy or for historical decoration, we offer kingside Stamping on some of our chess sets!
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Included with Purchase
- Certificate of Authenticity
- Engraved Registered Plaque
- Individual Production Number
|Chess Board Included?||The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately|
|Material(s)||Genuine Ebony, Natural Boxwood|
|Manufacturer||The House of Staunton|
|King Height||3.75'' inch / 9.53 cm|
|King Base Diameter||1.75'' inch / 4.44 cm|
|Recommended Chess Board Size||2.25" inch / 5.7 cm|
|Basepad Material||The Kings Feature English Leather Embossed with Cairns Cup Tournament Logo. All Other Pieces Feature Luxurious Green Baize|
|Median Set Weight||42 ounces|
|Total Number of Pieces||34 Chess Pieces, including 2 Additional Queens (for Pawn Promotion)|
|DGT eBoard Compatible||Yes|