Cairns Cup R4: Dzagnidze Maintains Lead, Yip Keeps Struggling –

GM Nana Dzagnidze maintained her lead at the Cairns Cup in St. Louis with a draw against Mariya Muzychuk. Meanwhile, Carissa Yip suffered her fourth straight loss and Valentina Gunina hasn’t drawn a game yet either. 

You can follow the tournament here as part of our live portal. is offering a daily, live commentary broadcast with GM Robert Hess, IM Hans Niemann, GM Roeland Pruijssers and WFM Anna Cramling on The rounds start at 1 p.m. local time which is 11 a.m. Pacific and 20:00 Central European Time, with rounds on Feb. 7-11 and 13-16.

The official broadcast has WGM Jennifer Shahade, GM Yasser Seirawan, and GM Alejandro Ramirez, and there’s a Russian-language broadcast with IM Almira Skripchenko and WGM Anastasiya Karlovich, on

The Cairns Cup round four results 2020
The Cairns Cup round four results. Image: Spectrum Studios.

It’s been a tough week so far for 16-year-old Yip, who also lost her fourth game in St. Louis. Many talents make their rise to the top with jerks though, and her current bad phase could well be a prelude to a new jump upwards soon.

A game like the one against Alexandra Kosteniuk shows how close she is to making draws (or even wins) against these players. Yip was holding on for 45 moves but after missing one detail, she was helpless against an array of tactical shots: 

Yip Kosteniuk Cairns Cup 2020
Yip vs. Kosteniuk. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club.

Like Yip, Gunina hasn’t drawn a game yet in St. Louis. Where she had chances to score a second win, the Russian GM suffered a third loss instead as she mysteriously refrained from grabbing a central pawn, and then missed some double attacks later on while suffering from an early timetrouble.

World Champion Ju Wenjun had no trouble converting in the technical phase and by scoring her first win she joined the group of players trailing Dzagnidze by half a point.

Ju Wenjun Cairns Cup
Ju Wenjun. Photo: Lennart Ootes/Saint Louis Chess Club.

The fifth round will be played on Tuesday, starting at 1 p.m. local time which is 11 a.m. Pacific and 20:00 Central European Time. The tournament is a 10-player round-robin with a prize fund of $180,000.

Round 4 Standings Cairns Cup 2020
The standings after the fourth round. Image: Spectrum Studios.

Round 4 games

The round 5 pairings Cairns Cup
The round 5 pairings. Image: Spectrum Studios.

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