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Cairns Cup Tournament

Valentina Gunina7/9(+5 -0 =4)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk6.5/9(+4 -0 =5)[games]
Irina Krush5.5/9(+4 -2 =3)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze5/9(+3 -2 =4)[games]
Dronavalli Harika4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Zhansaya Abdumalik4.5/9(+3 -3 =3)[games]
Anna Vitalyevna Zatonskih3.5/9(+2 -4 =3)[games]
Bela Khotenashvili3/9(+2 -5 =2)[games]
Marie Sebag3/9(+1 -4 =4)[games]
Elisabeth Paehtz2.5/9(+0 -4 =5)[games]
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Chessgames.com Chess Event Description
Cairns Cup (2019)

The 2019 Cairns Cup was a 10-player round-robin tournament taking place from 6-15 February in the St. Louis Chess Club, USA. Players received 90 minutes for 40 moves, followed by 30 minutes to the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move one. No draw offers were allowed before move 30. (1) Valentina Gunina won clear first with 7/9.

Official site: https://www.uschesschamps.com/2019-...

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Gunina 2501 * ½ ½ 1 ½ ½ 1 1 1 1 7 2 Kosteniuk 2532 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 1 6½ 3 Krush 2435 ½ ½ * 1 1 1 1 0 0 ½ 5½ 4 Dzagnidze 2513 0 ½ 0 * ½ ½ 1 1 1 ½ 5 5 Harika 2471 ½ ½ 0 ½ * 1 ½ ½ ½ ½ 4½ 6 Abdumalik 2468 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 1 4½ 7 Zatonskih 2428 0 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 * 1 1 ½ 3½ 8 Khotenashvili 2491 0 0 1 0 ½ 0 0 * ½ 1 3 9 Sebag 2476 0 0 1 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ * ½ 3 10 Paehtz 2466 0 0 ½ ½ ½ 0 ½ 0 ½ * 2½

(1) Chess24: Cairns Cup https://chess24.com/en/watch/live-t...

 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. E Paehtz vs Kosteniuk 0-1362019Cairns CupA62 Benoni, Fianchetto Variation
2. N Dzagnidze vs I Krush 0-1692019Cairns CupA37 English, Symmetrical
3. V Gunina vs B Khotenashvili 1-0482019Cairns CupC78 Ruy Lopez
4. D Harika vs M Sebag  ½-½452019Cairns CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
5. A Zatonskih vs Z Abdumalik 0-1362019Cairns CupD84 Grunfeld, Grunfeld Gambit Accepted
6. B Khotenashvili vs E Paehtz 1-0552019Cairns CupA12 English with b3
7. D Harika vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½332019Cairns CupD20 Queen's Gambit Accepted
8. M Sebag vs Z Abdumalik ½-½372019Cairns CupC84 Ruy Lopez, Closed
9. Kosteniuk vs A Zatonskih ½-½412019Cairns CupC42 Petrov Defense
10. I Krush vs V Gunina ½-½682019Cairns CupA07 King's Indian Attack
11. N Dzagnidze vs M Sebag 1-0702019Cairns CupB51 Sicilian, Canal-Sokolsky (Rossolimo) Attack
12. A Zatonskih vs B Khotenashvili 1-0522019Cairns CupA56 Benoni Defense
13. E Paehtz vs I Krush  ½-½252019Cairns CupB67 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...a6 Defense, 8...Bd7
14. V Gunina vs D Harika  ½-½312019Cairns CupC42 Petrov Defense
15. Z Abdumalik vs Kosteniuk 0-1382019Cairns CupC78 Ruy Lopez
16. M Sebag vs Kosteniuk 0-1472019Cairns CupC47 Four Knights
17. I Krush vs A Zatonskih 1-0592019Cairns CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
18. N Dzagnidze vs V Gunina 0-1512019Cairns CupB11 Caro-Kann, Two Knights, 3...Bg4
19. B Khotenashvili vs Z Abdumalik 0-1522019Cairns CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
20. D Harika vs E Paehtz  ½-½312019Cairns CupE73 King's Indian
21. E Paehtz vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½412019Cairns CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
22. A Zatonskih vs D Harika  ½-½492019Cairns CupD31 Queen's Gambit Declined
23. V Gunina vs M Sebag 1-0302019Cairns CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
24. Z Abdumalik vs I Krush 0-1452019Cairns CupB13 Caro-Kann, Exchange
25. Kosteniuk vs B Khotenashvili 1-0542019Cairns CupD94 Grunfeld
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Feb-09-19
Premium Chessgames Member
  Sokrates: Sorry, <Offramp>, but I think we'd be better off with <Chicgirl>s own worlds about his/her identity. I can't imagina the same person liking Taylor Swift and being in favor of Brexit.

<Count Wedgemore> <I prefer Deadly Nerve Gas over Taylor Swift.> Talking about "harsh". A nice pop singer makes you "Ugh!!" just because she opposes a certain president? I wonder how you would describe Nancy Pelosi and remainers in the UK, but you are not obliged to respond! You and I better stick to chess :-)

Feb-09-19
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  HeMateMe: Thank you Mr. Sinquefeld for your continued support of the royal game!
Feb-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <Sokrates: A nice pop singer makes you "Ugh!!" just because she opposes a certain president?>

I know you Lefties like to decide what others should think, but you take it a step further: you have decided what I think! Well..you're wrong. Nothing to do with politics. I just think she sucks.

For starters: she can't really sing. She has a flat voice, limited vocal range. And the songs are not much better. Take the lyrics: they are insanely lame. How can anyone but teenage girls relate to that juvenile nonsense. Let me provide an example:

<"You’ll be the prince and I’ll be the princess; It’s a love story baby just say yes”>

Yep, I prefer Deadly Nerve Gas.

Feb-09-19
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  Sokrates: <Count Wedgemore> <I prefer Deadly Nerve Gas over Taylor Swift.>

She is a pop singer singing pop songs with pop texts. Since when have we expected pop songs to express high lyrics and profound wisdom? 90 % of it is "I love you and you love me". I have only heard Miss Swift a couple of times, read that she is the best selling pop singer for the moment, and though this genre isn't the most appealling to me, it brings joy to millions of fans.

That is one thing. Another thing is ripping her out of proportions and compare her with <Deadly Nerve Gas>, preferring this lethal agent over a young female singer, who doesn't meet your artistic requierements. Can't you see the disproportion?

I apologize for assuming you were politically motivated. Bearing your political viewpoints in mind, the thought came to me spontaneously, but I should NOT have made that assumption - sorry!

That said, I am not very fond of your label "you Lefties", if you should ever care reconsidering.

Feb-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <Sokrates: That is one thing. Another thing is ripping her out of proportions and compare her with <Deadly Nerve Gas>, preferring this lethal agent over a young female singer, who doesn't meet your artistic requierements. Can't you see the disproportion?>

Yes, I admit I was exaggerating. I will downgrade it to <non-lethal nerve gas>.

Feb-09-19
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  Diademas: <Sokrates>
https://www.piethein.dk/product/den...
Feb-09-19
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  Sokrates: Thanks, <Diademas>, but I don't think it applies here, unfortunately.

<Count Wedgemore>. We're done.

Feb-09-19
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  moronovich: Hi <Sokrates> , <Diademas> & <Count Wedgemore>

Ved I hvem som skrev "Lille kat,lille kat på vejen,hvis er du?,jeg er sgu min egen" !

Feb-09-19
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  Diademas: <Sokrates: Thanks, <Diademas>, but I don't think it applies here, unfortunately. <Count Wedgemore>. We're done.>

That's a pity. I think you're overreacting and hope you reconsider. I appreciate both your inputs.

Feb-09-19
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  Diademas: < moronovich: Hi <Sokrates> , <Diademas> & <Count Wedgemore> Ved I hvem som skrev "Lille kat,lille kat på vejen,hvis er du?,jeg er sgu min egen" !>

Not until I Googled it. ;)

Feb-09-19  denopac: <Deadly Nerve Gas> sounds like it could be a punk or post-punk band, in which case there would be no call for the <Count> to apologize.

Getting back on topic, Kosteniuk has won two very nice games as black so far, in each case conjuring up a crushing attack almost out of thin air:

E Paehtz vs Kosteniuk, 2019

Z Abdumalik vs Kosteniuk, 2019

Feb-09-19
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  Sokrates: Hi, <moronovich>, any respectable Dane would know this! :-)

Fortunately, some of his best, so-called "Grooks" have successfully been translated into English. This one, for instance

The noble art of losing face
may some day save the human race
and turn into eternal merit
what weaker minds would call disgrace

Feb-09-19
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  moronovich: Hi <Sokrates> and <Diademas> !

Well,well…

I once had a girlfriend in the mid seventies(1977).A woman who kept her house open to especially all kind of artists and musicians.One of her friends in this period was an elderly man(a writer)who claimed he one night was in Nyhavn(a famous place in Copenhagen,also known for its old pubs and restuarants,freguently used by sailors in historical times).And that very night he was with another writer,Tom Kristensen and Piet Hein himself.Having a good time and some beers.And some more beers.And at a certain point,our man saw Tom Kristensen scribbling down,on his cuffs,the famous words from above.When they left,he lost his cuffs,which were collected by none other than Piet Hein.

I hope I have expressed this little story well enough.

Feb-09-19
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  ChessHigherCat: < moronovich: Hi <Sokrates> and <Diademas> ! Well,well…

I once had a girlfriend in the mid seventies(1977).A woman who kept her house open to especially all kind of artists and musicians.One of her friends in this period was an elderly man(a writer)who claimed he one night was in Nyhavn(a famous place in Copenhagen,also known for its old pubs and restuarants,freguently used by sailors in historical times).And that very night he was with another writer,Tom Kristensen and Piet Hein himself.Having a good time and some beers.And some more beers.And at a certain point,our man saw Tom Kristensen scribbling down,on his cuffs,the famous words from above.When they left,he lost his cuffs,which were collected by none other than Piet Hein.

I hope I have expressed this little story well enough.>

Very well indeed, for an off-the-cuff story! The idea is that Piet Hein stole Kristensen's poem and said it was his own, right? I met some German chess-player in Baden-Baden who claims that he played one of his songs for Phil Collins, who not only stole it but used it to make fun of him: "I can't sing! I can't talk! Only thing about me is the way I walk" (the German walked funny).

Feb-09-19
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  moronovich: <The idea is that Piet Hein stole Kristensen's poem and said it was his own, right?>

Yes,that was the point.Can not be verified,off corse.But I had no doubt she was honest.

Feb-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: True or not, it's still a great story, <moro>.
Feb-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: I know a Norwegian former boxing Champion who insists that he once told Sylvester Stallone about his idea for a script, and Stallone used his idea to write the script for Rocky V. True story.
Feb-09-19
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  saffuna: Your friend had also watched the Ali-Wepner fight?
Feb-09-19
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  moronovich: Great story too <Count> !
Feb-09-19
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  Count Wedgemore: <saffuna: Your friend had also watched the Ali-Wepner fight?>

Sure he had. He's probably seen most of these classic fights.

Wepner was the inspiration for the Rocky character, that's about it.

Feb-09-19
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  Diademas: About the Ali-Wepner fight.

<On the day of the fight Wepner presented a "very sexy" blue negligee to his wife and told her to wear it that night in bed since she would be sleeping with the heavy weight champion of the world. On the night of the fight Mrs Wepner was wearing the negligee when Wepner returned to their hotel room, after the fight, with twenty three stitches; and she asked him: "Okay, bigshot...Do i go to Ali's room, or does he come to mine?"> https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muham...

Feb-09-19
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  Sokrates: Didn't know that story, <moronovich>. True or not, it's an amusing story. Tom Kristensen is one of the greatest Danish authors; his main work Hærværk (directly translated: Vandalism, but it's more subtle) is among the ten most important novels in the history of Danish literature. His poetry was ground breaking Expressionism, works I return to and enjoy regularly. Typical is this (in my poor translation without the rimes):

Asiatic in might is the angst
matured by immature years.
And daily I feel in my heart
like continents daily perish.

But my angst must be released by longing
and visions of horror and need.
I have longed for ship's catastrophes
vandalism and sudden death.

I have longed for burning cities
and human races on flight
towards a change hitting the whole world
and and an earthquake called God's punishment.

Piet Hein was a master of words and everyday philosophy - but also an architect and a creator of geometrical forms. His famous "super ellipse" was the main grid for a central square in Stockholm, where it solved a difficult traffical problem. The man himself was also difficult, not amiable, but his Grooks are formidable in artistery and thought.

Feb-09-19
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  moronovich: Hi <Socrates> !

Glad you liked the story.My experience in life tells my that not seldom stories/incidents are true.Reality often conguers fairytales and Hollywood.Says the old sailor here as a surprisingly high degree of accidents out there are true.But landcrabbers dont know that. And thanks for the Tom Kristensen poem.Quite a scary piece from the/his gutter,no !?

I recall I once figured out a Piet Hein game he invented.Nimbi it was called.And I once met an old couple who were so proud of their Piet Hein lamp and it took me a while to convince them that a PH Lamp is something ells ;).

I rarely use the term paradox,but in the case Piet Hein it should cover the distance between his great words and invention and then the human he seems to have been(Perhaps he stole it all in Nyhavn ;;)

Feb-09-19
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  thegoodanarchist: <moronovich:

I once had a girlfriend in the mid seventies(1977).>

And it can happen again!

Feb-10-19
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  Sokrates: Hi <moronovich>,

Another great and funny story - the PH lamp. It is a peculiar coincidence that we had two great architects & designers, who both had an enormous lyrical talent while sharing the same initials. Poul Henningsen (the lamp) was almost exclusively called "PH". Here is one link to watch a version of it: https://www.room21.dk/dk/artiklar/p...

True, Tom Kristensen had a dark spot inside himself, but most of his work exudes a sparkling imagination, a colossal artistic energy and a rare self insight. He was somewhat a man haunted by his own self-criticism. You can't say that about Piet Hein - on the contrary! :-)

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