A Big Hooray to the Champions

In Men's Individual, the final duel took place on the evening of 25th September between the two Chinese GMs Xu YinChuan and HongZhi. The regular game ended in a draw. The viewing room was packed with audience who were entertained with two brilliant and exciting fast games between the grand masters. Xu defeated Hong in the second play off to snatch the Champion title. Photo below: GM Xu (left) receiving the trophy from the Guest-of-Honour, the Hon. Chris Hartcher MP, NSW Minister for for Resources & Energy. On the right is Mr Mai ZhongYong, President of NAXF and President of Yong Hong Ceramic Pty Ltd.

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The Women's Individual Championship marked a new record as Vietnam's Ngo Lan Huong retained the champion title which she seized from the Chinese WGM in Macau two years ago. Photo below saw GM Ngo receiving the champion trophy from the Hon. Chris Hartcher MP. On the right is Mr Kuang Jin Guang, President of NAXF and President of Dekun International Pty Ltd.

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Letter from the Consulate General of P R China

中国总领事贺信

This is the congratulatory letter from Consul General Li Huaxin of the People’s Republic of China in Sydney. Below is a brief translation of its contents.

I am delighted to know that the Asian Xiangqi Federation will be staging the 16th Asian Xiangqi Individual Championship in September 2013 in Sydney Australia. On behalf of the Consulate General of China in Sydney, I wish to express my heartiest congratulations.

Since its inception, the Asian Xiangqi Federation has with sincerity united xiangqi communities among Asiatic countries/regions to initiate many spectacular xiangqi competitions and exchange programmes. It has contributed prominently in promoting and raising the standard of xiangqi and in so doing, further enhanced the understanding and friendship among the peoples of Asia. May the Federation continue to promote the art of xiangqi with good traditions and cohesive powers, and attain repeated success in sport and cultural exchange in Asia.

Best wishes for a successful 16th Asian Xiangqi Xiangqi Individual Championship.

Appeal for Volunteers

The National Australian Xiangqi Federation has the honour of hosting the 16th series of the Asian Xiangqi Individual Championship. It will take place from 22nd to 27th September 2013, at the prestigious Sydney Vibe Hotel. Besides financial support from ardent sponsors, manpower resource is also crucial to the success of the event. We need helpers to run the competitions and offer hospitality to contestants and guests. The ANXF is appealing to all xiangqi fans and supporters for voluntary service during the championship.

This is a good opportunity to be a part in a historical event. Sign up now as a volunteer by calling the hot-line 0434610188 or sending an email to: dianachan1028@yahoo.com



Diana Chan, Secretary
National Australian Xiangqi Federation

Photos of Lighting the Sails during Vivid Sydney 2013

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Vivid Sydney is an annual festival featuring light shows, music, drama, and other performances in Sydney.
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The Vivid Sydney festival, now on its fifth year spanned from 24th May to 10th June 2013.
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The Sydney Opera House has made the event the most vibrant with a dazzling light show themed 'PLAY'.
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Look at these eye-popping designs decorating the shells of the opera house.
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This spectacular light show was designed by Australian creative innovators The Spinifex Group.
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It takes audience through a playfully projected journey celebrating Vivid Sydney in an immersive new way.
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The light artistry is being touted as three times better than last year.
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It has taken the art of light projection, video mapping and motion graphics to extraordinary heights.
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Simply fantabulous! How I wish I could be there.
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The Vivid Sydney festival this year has greatly expanded, including lighting the Sydney Harbour Bridge...
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...and transforming Darling Harbour into a spectacular water theatre.
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The public was able to adorn the Harbour Bridge according to their fancy by controlling the light display on the interactive touch screen.
Photographs by Anthony Yu • Captions added by Felix Tan



The 16th AXIC Innovation

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Good news from the National Australian Xiangqi Federation(NAXF). In addition to increased number of trophies and amount of money prize, the following new awards will be introduced in this edition of the championship for both the Men's Division and the Women's Division:
  • Best Public Image Award
  • Best Sports Spirit Award