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Cairns Cup Tournament

Humpy Koneru6/9(+4 -1 =4)[games]
Ju Wenjun5.5/9(+3 -1 =5)[games]
Mariya Muzychuk5/9(+2 -1 =6)[games]
Alexandra Kosteniuk5/9(+4 -3 =2)[games]
Kateryna Lagno4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Dronavalli Harika4.5/9(+1 -1 =7)[games]
Nana Dzagnidze4/9(+2 -3 =4)[games]
Irina Krush4/9(+1 -2 =6)[games]
Carissa Yip4/9(+3 -4 =2)[games]
Valentina Gunina2.5/9(+2 -6 =1)[games]
* Chess Event Description
Cairns Cup (2020)

The 2nd Cairns Cup was a 10-player round-robin tournament held from 7-16 February 2020 in the Saint Louis Chess Club, Missouri, USA. Rest day: 12 February. The players received 90 minutes for the first 40 moves, followed by 30 more minutes till the end of the game, with a 30-second increment starting from move 1. No draw offers were allowed before move 30. The top three finishers would receive $45,000, $35,000, and $25,000, respectively. Chief organizer: Tony D Rich. Chief arbiter: Anastasia Sorokina.

Humpy Koneru won with 6/9, ahead of world champion Ju Wenjun.

Elo 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0 1 Koneru 2580 * ½ 0 1 ½ ½ 1 ½ 1 1 6 2 Ju Wenjun 2583 ½ * ½ 1 1 ½ ½ ½ 0 1 5½ 3 Muzychuk 2552 1 ½ * 0 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 5 4 Kosteniuk 2504 0 0 1 * ½ 0 1 ½ 1 1 5 5 Lagno 2552 ½ 0 ½ ½ * ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ 4½ 6 Harika 2518 ½ ½ ½ 1 ½ * ½ ½ ½ 0 4½ 7 Dzagnidze 2515 0 ½ ½ 0 ½ ½ * 0 1 1 4 8 Krush 2422 ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ ½ 1 * 0 0 4 9 Yip 2412 0 1 ½ 0 0 ½ 0 1 * 1 4 10 Gunina 2461 0 0 0 0 ½ 1 0 1 0 * 2½

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 page 1 of 2; games 1-25 of 45  PGN Download
Game  ResultMoves YearEvent/LocaleOpening
1. Koneru vs C Yip 1-0402020Cairns CupE73 King's Indian
2. M Muzychuk vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½402020Cairns CupC42 Petrov Defense
3. Kosteniuk vs I Krush  ½-½512020Cairns CupB22 Sicilian, Alapin
4. Lagno vs D Harika  ½-½372020Cairns CupB90 Sicilian, Najdorf
5. N Dzagnidze vs V Gunina 1-0422020Cairns CupA45 Queen's Pawn Game
6. M Muzychuk vs Koneru 1-0342020Cairns CupC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
7. D Harika vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½312020Cairns CupE04 Catalan, Open, 5.Nf3
8. Ju Wenjun vs I Krush  ½-½742020Cairns CupD26 Queen's Gambit Accepted
9. V Gunina vs Kosteniuk 0-1402020Cairns CupC77 Ruy Lopez
10. C Yip vs Lagno  0-1312020Cairns CupC45 Scotch Game
11. Koneru vs Ju Wenjun  ½-½222020Cairns CupA21 English
12. I Krush vs V Gunina  0-1522020Cairns CupE32 Nimzo-Indian, Classical
13. N Dzagnidze vs C Yip  1-0452020Cairns CupA00 Uncommon Opening
14. Kosteniuk vs D Harika  0-1462020Cairns CupC78 Ruy Lopez
15. Lagno vs M Muzychuk ½-½302020Cairns CupC42 Petrov Defense
16. M Muzychuk vs N Dzagnidze  ½-½482020Cairns CupB65 Sicilian, Richter-Rauzer Attack, 7...Be7 Defense, 9...Nxd4
17. Koneru vs Lagno  ½-½302020Cairns CupD85 Grunfeld
18. Ju Wenjun vs V Gunina 1-0592020Cairns CupC70 Ruy Lopez
19. D Harika vs I Krush  ½-½332020Cairns CupB47 Sicilian, Taimanov (Bastrikov) Variation
20. C Yip vs Kosteniuk 0-1522020Cairns CupC43 Petrov, Modern Attack
21. I Krush vs C Yip 0-1472020Cairns CupA00 Uncommon Opening
22. V Gunina vs D Harika  1-0382020Cairns CupA07 King's Indian Attack
23. Kosteniuk vs M Muzychuk  1-0402020Cairns CupC80 Ruy Lopez, Open
24. N Dzagnidze vs Koneru 0-1642020Cairns CupD58 Queen's Gambit Declined, Tartakower (Makagonov-Bondarevsky) Syst
25. Lagno vs Ju Wenjun 0-1432020Cairns CupB30 Sicilian
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Feb-20-20  JimNorCal: beatgiant for the win!
That was funny...
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  AylerKupp: <<HeMateMe> AK, are you a self-hating fatty?>

A fatty, yes. Self-hating, no. What would be the point of that? But at least I don't live in a fantasy world where my self-pride and ignorance makes me make decisions that I then delude myself by thinking of them as facts.

<... claim that, because the guy in the next cubicle gorges himself at McDonalds every lunch hour yet still has a size 32 waist that the game is fixed, you can't be thin, and just give up.>

I do recognize that some people are fortunate that an increased caloric intake does not cause them to "blimp up" as you called it. But others are not as fortunate and have great difficulty in both losing weight and maintaining the weight loss. And even though I recognize that I will never be thin (I have never been), that does not mean that I will not strive to reach and maintain a healthier weight, as long as it does not damage my health.

<you have to put your ass on a 2,000 calorie a day diet and <stay> on it. No excuses.>

Your simplistic attitude continues to amaze me. For many people, because of the many factors I've mentioned, are not able to lose weight and maintain that loss in spite of a 2,000 or lower calorie diet because their metabolism adjusts. That would not be an excuse to fail to keep trying additional means to accomplish your goals.

It must be wonderful to be able to live through life with simplistic opinions and solutions. Here's another quote for you: "The answers to life's difficult questions are complex. Some of the answers are real, but most are imaginary."

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  AylerKupp: <<beatgiant> This weight loss thread is starting to get old.>

Sorry about that. But ignorance, stubbornness, an unwillingness to face facts and educate ourselves are sad things to see, particularly when you feel the need to pontificate about it. Thankfully I have never smoked (I might have been thinner if I had) so I can't post any half-baked theories on how to quit smoking. I'll try to follow <Pedro Fernandez>'s suggestion and close my beak. It's hard though, about as hard as shortening the length of my posts.

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  diceman: <HeMateMe:

all of the heavy smokers from the USSR championship are dead.>

Were they <heavy> in weight?

<heavy> in quantity?

<heavy> in both?

(Hey, as long as we're here)

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  moronovich: <Your simplistic attitude continues to amaze me.>

Mee to.

My deepest respect for you,and everyone ells who try to fight the calories <AylerKupp> ! And best of luck for the continued process.

Btw : Have you tried the old trick about
eating slowlier,zenstyle!?

Feb-21-20  Tiggler: <And where did "we" learn that it was a bad idea? Non-medical opinions of crackpots on the Internet, possibly the same anti-vaccine crackpots?> Ok I looked it up here: and here: The first has the 2013 advice and the second has the 2019 advice. They confirm what I claimed: For those with LDL-C >70 but <190 mg/dl, no diabetes, age >40 <75, (a high percentage of the population), and ASCDV risk >7.5% statin treatment was recommended without reservation. In 2019, however only if ASCDV risk > 20% was that the case. For the group in the range ASCDV risk of 7.5%-20% the clear recommendation is only given limited cases.

That is a change of recommendation for statins downward for a class of 10s of millions of people in USA alone

Feb-21-20  Tiggler: Of course you will never find a panel of MDs that admit they changed their mind: they are always right. It takes an astute medical journalist to point out the change.
Feb-22-20  kkshethin: Congratulations to Humpy Coneru for winning.
Feb-22-20  kkshethin: It is surprising, no one seems to notice it is cairns cup tournament page
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  diceman: <kkshethin:

It is surprising, no one seems to notice it is cairns cup tournament page>

That said, the discussions have been "weighty" in content.

Feb-24-20  Jambow: <HeMateMe: all of the heavy smokers from the USSR championship are dead.>

Everybody from the 19th century smokers or not are dead also, seems to be rather unavoidable...

Feb-24-20  Jambow: My uncle was having trouble losing weight until he tried Amputrim. Cut off a limb all your friends will notice and *you will never gain it back.

*does not apply to salamanders...

Feb-24-20  Jambow: <AylerKupp> Burns two thousand calories a day just from typing in the forum here ;0] Probably has a bucket next to his chair.
Feb-24-20  Jambow: <Throw 40,000 darts at the wall, one is bound to stick.>

That he remembers throwing that particular dart at all is impressive enough...

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  AylerKupp: <<Jambow> Burns two thousand calories a day just from typing in the forum here.>

I didn't know that, thanks for the suggestion. I'll have to start typing more and I'm sure that my resulting weight loss will then be even more impressive.

And, like you, I don't even have to think about what I post. I'll just start cutting and pasting ''The Defense', by Vladimir Nabokov, all 196 pages. By the time I'm done I'll have reached my weight goal. And, since it is a chess-related novel, it can't be considered off-topic.

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  Check It Out: Cut and paste wont do; you have to *type* to burn those calories. Try War and Peace.
Feb-24-20  jith1207: <since it is a chess-related novel, it can't be considered off-topic.>

Ahem, since when that was ever a consideration?

Feb-24-20  jith1207: Imagine even a calorie spent for every word typed by a keyboard warrior...

We would all have been sleek like a Bishop.

Feb-24-20  jith1207: Like a "light" squared Bishop!
Feb-24-20  jith1207: More like a light rectangled Bishop.
Feb-24-20  Jambow: <AylerKupp> Cutting and pasting is like getting a ride on your morning run that will never do...

I assumed it was all original content not plagiarism, please steal from a better source in the future... Just kidding man don't take it too serious i don't. ;0]

Feb-25-20  MordimerChess: I managed to record 7 videos of Cairns Cup 2020. Prague festival disrupted me a bit... but here you go:

Enjoy :)

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  AylerKupp: <<Check It Out> Try War and Peace.>

Funny, I initially put down 'War and Peace' in my post but I thought that since it wasn't chess-related I should instead reference a chess novel to partially, very partially, make the post somewhat on-topic. And when one thinks of long novels 'War and Peace' immediately come to mind, but it is nowhere near the longest one. Knowing that I am sometimes taken to task (and rightly so) for the lengths of my posts, I did some research on the longest novels. In 'War and Peace' is listed as "only" the 29th longer at "only" 587,287 words, although I'm not sure if that count is for the original version in Russian or for an English translation. Not that it matters.

According to that list the longest novel is the 'Devta', written by Mohiuddin Nawab in Urdu and consisting of 11,206,310 words and 56 volumes. It was started in 1977 and finished in 2010 (33 years!). Now, that's dedication!

But other reasonably well-known (at least to me) novels are also longer than 'War and Peace'. Marcel Proust's 'À la recherche du temps perdu' (somehow usually translated as 'Remembrance of things past') is #7 at 1,267,069 words, Victor Hugo's 'Les Miserables' is #23 at 655,478 and Ayn Rand's 'Atlas Shrugged' is #24 at 645,000 words. 'À la recherche du temps perdu' is the Guinness world record holder as the longest novel.

The things you learn by visiting <>!

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  AylerKupp: <<jith1207> Ahem, since when that was ever a consideration?>

You are, of course, absolutely right. I suppose that I should have stuck with 'War and Peace'. Or, given that this is the Cairns Cup page, perhaps more appropriate would be ' 'Clarissa, or, the History of a Young Lady' at #11 and 943,300 words or 'Women and Men' at #14 and 850,000 words.

Feb-26-20  Jambow: <AylerKupp> I was more expecting Shakespeare "Much Ado About Nothing" a comedy no less. Carry on until the cows come home...
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