- Page 1:At the opening ceremony
- Page 2:Close-up photos of contestants
- Page 3:Prize-presentation & closing ceremony
- Page 4:More photos
A corner of the Empress Garden Seafood Restaurant was turned into this nicely decorated stage for the opening ceremony
Championship poster displayed at strategic locations in the restaurant
At the reception table: a traditional red scroll to capture signatures of all guests
Rainbow TV Australia interviewing Mr Mai ZhongYong,
President of YongHong Ceramic Pty Ltd
A smiling Mr Kuang JingGuang, President of Dekun International Pty Ltd
answering questions from the RTV interviewer
Mr Huang Xiang Mo, Honorary President of NAXF, delivering a welcome speech.
Introducing the special guests and AXF officials at the VIP table
A solemn moment at the beginning of the ceremony: the national anthem of Australia
followed by the AXF anthem resonated in the banquet room
Aboriginal Opening Dance after the AXF anthem: getting a taste of the Aboriginal culture
Mr Steven Chan reading the message from the Hon.Tony Abbott,
Prime Minister of Australia
Ms Isabella Wood reading the message from the Hon.Christ Bowen MP
Acting Leader of Australia's Opposition Party
Opening speech by Mr Timothy Fok, President of the Asian Xiangqi Federation
Encouraging words from Mr John Coates,
President, Australian Olympic Committeeand Vice President, IOC
Mr Charles Casucelli, MP Strathfield taking the rostrum: a truly discoso vivace
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."
The official ceremonial opening, with Mr Timothy Fok and Mr John Coates
"commissioning" the General in each camp （挂帅仪式）
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
Mr Mai, President of YongHong Ceramic, kicked off with a central Cannon
Mr Kuang, President of Dekun International, quickly moved up the left Horse
Mr Lim Kwan How, Secretar-General of AXF developed another Red piece
Mr Luo Wei Chuang（罗伟创）, Honorary President of NAXF continued with R9=8
... ... Mr Shoshi Kazuharu, contestant from Japan
... ... Mr Lau Siih Ngie, Vice President of Sabah Chess Association Union
... ... Mr Yong Choun Myint, Myanmar's Team Leader
... ... Mr Nguyen Thanh Lam, Team Leader of Vietnam
... ... Lastly, Mr Hu JingBin, a contestant of the hosting Federation.
May we continue this game-dream at the next championship.
Group photo of representatives from the 14 participating countries/regions
Arbiters and other tournament staff. The lady in pink coat is GM Diana Hong Chan,
the CEO for this event with untiring energy
How about introducing a "Best Uniform Award" for the next championship?
Mr Timothy Fok with Ms Helen Sham (left), Honorary Adviser of NAXF
and Ms Diana Chan, Secretary-General of NAXF after the banquet
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