Photo Album

  • Page 1:At the opening ceremony
  • Page 2:Close-up photos of contestants
  • Page 3:Prize-presentation & closing ceremony
  • Page 4:More photos

Opening Ceremony

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A corner of the Empress Garden Seafood Restaurant was turned into this nicely decorated stage for the opening ceremony

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Championship poster displayed at strategic locations in the restaurant

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At the reception table: a traditional red scroll to capture signatures of all guests

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Rainbow TV Australia interviewing Mr Mai ZhongYong,
President of YongHong Ceramic Pty Ltd

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A smiling Mr Kuang JingGuang, President of Dekun International Pty Ltd
answering questions from the RTV interviewer

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Mr Huang Xiang Mo, Honorary President of NAXF, delivering a welcome speech.

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Introducing the special guests and AXF officials at the VIP table

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A solemn moment at the beginning of the ceremony: the national anthem of Australia
followed by the AXF anthem resonated in the banquet room

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Aboriginal Opening Dance after the AXF anthem: getting a taste of the Aboriginal culture

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Mr Steven Chan reading the message from the Hon.Tony Abbott,
Prime Minister of Australia

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Ms Isabella Wood reading the message from the Hon.Christ Bowen MP
Acting Leader of Australia's Opposition Party

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Opening speech by Mr Timothy Fok, President of the Asian Xiangqi Federation

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Encouraging words from Mr John Coates,
President, Australian Olympic Committeeand Vice President, IOC

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Mr Charles Casucelli, MP Strathfield taking the rostrum: a truly discoso vivace

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On behalf of NAXF, Ms Judith Wang presented a souvenir to Mr John Coates.
"Mr Coates, you no longer have reasons for not playing xiangqi."

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The official ceremonial opening, with Mr Timothy Fok and Mr John Coates
"commissioning" the General in each camp (挂帅仪式)

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Chief arbiter Mr Zhao WenShan inviting representatives from the sponsors, the AXF council and the participating teams to a chained game on the jumbo board

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Mr Mai, President of YongHong Ceramic, kicked off with a central Cannon

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Mr Kuang, President of Dekun International, quickly moved up the left Horse

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Mr Lim Kwan How, Secretar-General of AXF developed another Red piece

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Mr Luo Wei Chuang(罗伟创), Honorary President of NAXF continued with R9=8

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... ... Mr Shoshi Kazuharu, contestant from Japan

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... ... Mr Lau Siih Ngie, Vice President of Sabah Chess Association Union

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... ... Mr Yong Choun Myint, Myanmar's Team Leader

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... ... Mr Nguyen Thanh Lam, Team Leader of Vietnam

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... ... Lastly, Mr Hu JingBin, a contestant of the hosting Federation.
May we continue this game-dream at the next championship.

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Group photo of representatives from the 14 participating countries/regions

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Arbiters and other tournament staff. The lady in pink coat is GM Diana Hong Chan,
the CEO for this event with untiring energy

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How about introducing a "Best Uniform Award" for the next championship?

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Mr Timothy Fok with Ms Helen Sham (left), Honorary Adviser of NAXF
and Ms Diana Chan, Secretary-General of NAXF after the banquet

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The elegantly designed tournament handbook and program leaflet for the opening/closing ceremony

 


Click here to watch a 30-sec video clip of the Aboriginal Dance Performance