Tuesday, May 13, 2008

2008 Toronto Chinese Chess Championship set for May

Come challenge Toronto’s best Chinese chess players in the 2008 running of the Toronto Xiangqi Association’s annual open tournament.

The 2008 Toronto Xiangqi Open will take the form of a Swiss tournament, to be held three straight Saturdays – May 31, June 7 and June 14 at Milliken Park Community Center, followed by matches for first and third place on June 22 at the Oriental Centre (to be confirmed). All rounds begin at 1:30 p.m.

All are welcome to play; prior registration is welcomed, but not necessary. If you don’t know how to play, drop by, and we’ll introduce you to one of the world’s great games.

The cost of entering the tournament is a modest $3 for members and $10 for non-members. Cash prizes and gifts will be awarded to the eight top finishers, as well as the top three senior and youth players.

Chinese chess, or Xiangqi, is the ancient cousin of western chess. It is played all over the Far East, and in Asian communities throughout North America. It is traditionally considered a Chinese art form.

The Toronto Open is a tradition dating back to 1978. It gives players from throughout the GTA the chance to meet and sometimes play against the city’s leading masters.

To register for the Toronto Xiangqi Open, contact
Benson Wong at 416-299-6598 or bensonsfwong@hotmail.com.

For more information about the Toronto Xiangqi Association, go to www.txa.ca

2008 Toronto Xiangqi Open

  • Organizer: Toronto Xiangqi Association (TXA);Scarborough Seniors Chess Club (SSCC)
  • Event: Individual (Open; Senior – age 60 or above; Youth – age 14 or below)
  • Time: Saturday May 31, June 7, June 14 and June 22
  • Location: Milliken Park Community Center (Preliminary Rounds)
    May 31, June 7, 14; Every Saturday - 1:30 pm -5 pm
    South of Steeles, East of Mccowan
    Oriental Centre (Final)
    Sunday June 22 1:30 -5 pm
  • Method:
     WXF (AXF) Rules will be adopted
     Six preliminary rounds using the Swiss system. Two games per week.
     When players obtain equal scores, their rankings will be decided by match points; opponent’s match points, and total wins.
     Any player that is absent for 2 rounds is automatically disqualified.
     The final round takes the form of two-game matches in which the top four from the Swiss tournament play off for the first and third places.
     The Senior Champion is the top senior player from the preliminary rounds.
     The Youth champion is the top youth player from the preliminary rounds.
     Open 1st to 8th – Trophy/Certificate and Gift Set
     Senior 1st to 3rd – Trophy/Certificate and Gift Set
     Youth 1st to 3rd – Trophy/Certificate and Gift Set
  • Entry Fee: Member - $3.00, Non-member – $10.00, Youth - Free
  • Banquet Fee: $25.00 (Awards Presentation & Banquet – June 22, 2008)
  • Chairman: Elton Yuen; Benson Wong
  • Referees: Peter Sung; Joseph Tam; Yip Sing Ng; Ying Fai Choi; Stephen Fung
  • Registration
    & Inquiry: Benson Wong at 416-299-6598 or bensonsfwong@hotmail.com