Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The 2009 North American Zonal Xiangqi Tournaments at Houston

1. The above zonal xiangqi tournament will be played on the 27th, 28th & 29th of November 2009 at Houston. All teams are expected to arrive at Houston on the

26th November and leave by the 30th November. According to tradition, teams will be responsible for their airplane tickets while the host (Houston Xiangqi

Association) will be responsible for hotel rooms and food during the 3 days of play.

2. Each team may have 3 members. All can play for the individual championship but only two designated members` final rankings could be counted for team

championship honors.

3. Asian xiangqi rules will be followed. Electronic chess clocks will be used. Each player will have 60 minutes freetime. A bonus of 25 seconds will be

given to each move made.

4. Basically, 7 rounds will be played in 3 days using the Swiss system. Briefly :

Day 1 (27th Nov.)
8:00 am to 9:30 am -breakfast at the hotel;
9:30 am to 1:00 pm - GAME 1 in hotel’s meeting room ;
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - lunch at China Bear Buffet at 3 minutes walking
distance from hotel (Days Inn & Suites, 4630 Techniplex Drive,
Stafford ,TX 77477- PH 281-240-8100);
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm - GAME 2 in hotel`s meeting room ;
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - dinner at China Bear Buffet;
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm – meetings, site visits etc.

Day 2 (28th Nov.)
8:00 am to 9:30 am - breakfast at the hotel;
9:30 am to 1:00 pm - GAME-3 in hotel’s meeting room;
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - lunch at China Bear Buffet;
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm - GAME 4;
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - dinner at China Bear Buffet;
6:30 pm to 10:00 pm - GAME 5.

Day 3 (29th Nov.)
8:00 am to 9:30 am - breakfast at the hotel;
9:30 am to 1:00 pm – GAME 6 in hotel’s meeting room ;
1:00 pm to 2:00 pm - lunch at China Bear Buffet;
2:00 pm to 5:30 pm - GAME 7;
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm - travelling to possibly Ocean Palace Restaurant in
Bellaire (Hong Kong Plaza ) OR the ALIANA Club House;
6:30 pm to 9:00 pm - Prize Giving Dinner!


5. PRIZES

Individual championship
1st place : $1,000 (plus trophy)
2nd place : $ 500 (plus trophy)
3rd place : $ 300 (plus trophy)

Team championship
1st place : the ALIANA CUP
2nd place : trophy
3rd place : trophy

6. ENROLLMENT & MISCELLANEOUS : Please submit your enrollment details (including number and names of players , flight numbers ; when the planes will arrive

at Houston Airport ; when to depart etc. not later than October 30th 2009) to Richard Cheng Sau Yin by email ( sycheng@flash.net OR by telephone 281-242-3883

). Richard Tse Man Chuan (cell : 832-858-7442)of the Houston Xiangqi Association will be waiting for you at the Houston Airport to direct you to the special

shuttles which would take you back directly to the hotel (Days Inn and Suites - 4630 Techniplex Drive, Stafford, TX 77477; PH 281-240-8100). In case of

delays or other unforeseen problems please call Richard Cheng Sau Yin (cell: 832-630-6878). I should be waiting at the hotel and would send out some one to

the Houston Airport to help. Please bring along a cell phone to facilitate communication at the Airport and let us know the number of your cell phone

beforehand. Thank you.


Regards from


Richard Cheng Sau Yin
(Chairman/ Houston Xiangqi Association)
(email: sycheng@flash.net; PH 281-242-3883)

P.S. The paticipating teams will be New York, San Francisco, Chicago, Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Edmonton, Houston (2 teams).

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