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    The 2020 Cairns Cup Commemorative Chess Pieces
    The 2020 Cairns Cup Commemorative Chess Pieces

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    The 2020 Cairns Cup Commemorative Chess Pieces

    Only 10 Chess Sets Have Been Produced!
    The House of Staunton is proud to offer the Commemorative chess set for the 2020 Cairns Cup!

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    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 Commemorative 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. 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 Commemorative Chessmen. It is a limited edition chess set, with a total of only 10 units available, with each chess set coming with a 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 NOT DGT-Enabled Chess Sets.

    Meet the Players


    Rank and Name:

    GM Wenjun Ju 
    Wenjun Ju
     FIDE Ranking - 2583
     Country - China


    GM Humpy Koneru 
    Humpy Koneru
     FIDE Ranking - 2580
     Country - India 


    GM Mariya Muzychuk
    Mariya Muzychuk

    FIDE Ranking - 2552

    Country - Ukraine


    GM Kateryna Lagno

    Kateryna Lagno
     FIDE Ranking - 2552
     Country - Russia


    GM Harika Dronavalli
    Harika Dronavalli

    FIDE Ranking - 2518

    Country - India

    GM Nana Dzagnidze
    Nana Dzagnidze

    FIDE Ranking - 2515

    Country - Geogria


    GM Alexandra Kosteniuk
    Alexandra Kosteniuk

    FIDE Ranking - 2504

    Country - Russia


    GM Valentina Gunina

     Valentina Gunina

    FIDE Ranking - 2461

    Country - Russia

    GM Irina Krush
    Irina Krush

    FIDE Ranking - 2422

    Country - United States


    GM Carissa Yip

    Carissa Yip

    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.

    Place Prize
    1st $45,000
    2nd $35,000
    3rd $25,000
    4th $20,000
    5th $15,000
    6th $10,000
    7th $9,000
    8th $8,000
    9th $7,000
    10th $6,000

    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 YipUpon the completion of the event, we will put up a sample of the Signed 2020 Cairns Cup certificate.




    Product Specifications
    More Information
    ISBN Does not apply
    Chess Board Included? The Chess Board featured is for photographic purposes only and must be purchased separately
    Material(s) Genuine Ebony, Natural Boxwood
    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 No
    Included with Purchase
    • Certificate of Authenticity
    • Engraved Registered Plaque
    • Individual Production Number

    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.

    Certificate Of Authenticity

    Every set of House of Staunton® luxury chess pieces comes with a personalized certificate of authenticity (COA), elegantly encased in a black leather cover that is adorned with the HOS logo embossed in Silver foil.

    The COA serves as a testament to the chess pieces' authenticity, as each is personalized with the specifics of the exact set of chess pieces purchased. This information includes the chess pieces' unique registration number, the name of the pattern of chess pieces, the wood types, and the year of purchase, underscoring the collection's individuality and historical significance.

    Additionally, the black leather certificate features the captivating history of the revered Staunton Chessmen, offering a glimpse into their illustrious legacy and profound impact on the chess world.

    With this elegant ensemble, The House of Staunton exemplifies its commitment to crafting exceptional chess sets that transcend the world of chess, becoming cherished works of art and historical artifacts.

    Kingside Stamping

    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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