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.


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.


Brief Summary after Round 5

After 5 rounds of Swiss, the two Chinese Grand Masters Hong Zhi and Xu YinChuan topped the ranking list to enter the second stage of competition under the Knock-out system. Another two entry tickets went to Chong Heung Ming (Philippines) and Vo Minh Ngat (Vietnam), both have scored 7 points. The rest of the players will continue with two more rounds of Swiss, among them nine shared the score of 6 points. Keen contest for the 5th to 8th placing could be expected in the Swiss section for the next two rounds.

In the Women's Individual, The Vietnamese amazon Ngo Lan Huong defeated China's Chen XingLin in the very first round and all her opponents from round 2 to round 5. She has a bye in round 6,therefore, she has already succeeded in retaining the Asian Women Champion title that she first won in 2011 in Macau.

Round 6 will commence today at 1300 local time. Four boards will be on webcast as in previous rounds. Link to the webcast studio: http://www.xiangqibowl.org/showtime.

Felix Tan at Sydney
25 September 2013

First Round Pairings

Indonesia decided not to compete in this championship at the last moment. Wilson Fang of Philippines withdrew owing to visa problem. First round of the championship will kick off on 23 September at 0900 hr Sydney local time, with 24 players in the Men's category and 7 players in the Women's category.

Webcast in real time (即时网上直播)

The organiser will broadcast four selected games each round. Click here to enter the webcast studio.(按此观看直播).

Men's Individual Round 1

No Name                      vs      Name                 

 1 余祖望 Yu Chu Woon           :     许正豪 Koh Zheng Hao 
 2 所司和晴 Shoshi Kazuharu     :     蒋庆民 Myint Sein    
 3 黎金福 Lay Kam Hock          :     吴贵临 Wu Kui Lin    
 4 胡敬斌 Hu Jing Bin           :     吴多华 Pong       
 5 张旺后 Soe Myint             :     曹岩磊 Cao Yan Lei   
 6 林耀森 Lum Yew Sum           :     陈有发 Tan Yu Huat   
 7 许银川 Xu YinChuan           :     黄学谦 Wong Hok Him  
 8 曾根敏彦 Sone Toshihiko      :     苏子雄 Hung Tu To    
 9 洪 智 Hong Zhi              :     陈图炯 Chan Tou Kueng
10 江中豪 Chiang Chung-Hao      :     詹国武 Chieng Kuok Wu
11 武明一 Vo Minh Nhat          :     赖理兄 Lai Ly Huynh  
12 庄宏明 Chong Heung Ming      :     陈思飞 Prasit        

Women's Individual Round 1
Standard Round-robin pairings for 7 players

No Name                  Total  Result   Name                 Total

 1 陈幸林 Chen XingLin   [0]       :     吴兰香 Ngo Lan Huong [0]  
 2 詹惠媄 Chieng Hie Mee [0]       :     林嘉佩 Lam Ka Pui    [0]  
 3 王娟英 Judith Wang    [0]       :     陈茗芳 Fiona M F Tan [0]  
 4 彭柔安 Peng Jou-An    [0]       :     BYE                       

Letter from the Consulate General of P R China


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