Monday, August 13, 2018

UK Xiangqi Championship 2018 On 24th August

The Xiangqi UK Championship 2018 will be held on Friday 24th of August, the venue is JW3 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET, United Kingdom, as part of the board games activity of Mind Sports Olympiad of this year, and supported by UK Chinese Chess Association. For registration and more details please visit the website

2018 智力奥林比克运动会的全英象棋锦标赛,在英国象棋协会支持下,将于8月24日(星期五)举行,地点在伦敦的JW3 341-351 Finchley Road,London NW3 6ET,有兴趣的象棋爱好者可浏览 网页及报名参加。报名费大约十镑,设有冠亚季军三个奖项。

Sunday, June 11, 2017

UK Chinese Chess Championship 2017 On 2nd October

Organized by the UK Chinese Chess Association and well supported by the Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation, the UK Chinese Chess Championship 2017 will be held on Monday the 2nd of October, from 10.00am to 18.00pm, this is a 5-round all play all Swiss system tournament, with £150 plus trophy for first prize winner, £75 plus trophy for 2nd prize winner and £50 plus trophy for 3rd prize winner. Additional prizes in kind may be added if and when available.

Venue: The Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation, 58A Birkenhead Street, London WC1H 8BB, nearest underground King's Cross Station (Euston Road exit, about 2-3 minutes walk)

Schedule 10.00am (registration), 10.30am (1st round), 11.50am (2nd round), 13.00pm (*lunch time), 14.00pm (3rd round), 15.20pm (4th round), 16.40pm (5th round), to conclude with Prize giving.

Rules of the play: Asian rules, computer pairing for every round and final ranking of the tournament.

Entry fee £10, closing date will be 30th September 2017.

Kindly contact by email, or by text 07944 927295

*(At lunch time, a rice and meat lunch value £5 available (optional) if ordered at time of registration.)

2017年全英象棋锦标赛定于10月2日(星期一)举行,欢迎象棋爱好者报名参加,高手与初学都可同场竞技,友好切磋。赛事由英国象棋协会主办, 福音戒赌中心热心支持,旨在促进社区群众友谊,丰富人们文娱康乐活动,以棋会友,共同进步。

比赛地点: 福音戒赌中心,The Christian Centre for Gambling Rehabilitation, 58A Birkenhead Street, London WC1H 8BB, 最近地铁站 King's Cross Station, (Euston Road 出口,两分钟步行)

赛事日程: 上午10时(报名),10.30am (第一轮),11.50am (第二轮),13.00pm (午餐时间), 14.00pm (第三轮), 15.20pm (第四轮), 16.40pm (第五轮), 随后进行颁奖式。

棋例: 亚洲棋例, 5轮瑞士制,同分对同分,每人弈满五局,电脑编排对手,计分,最后定名次。

报名: 十英镑,截止日期九月卅日。联系邮址:, 手机(短信) 07944 927295


Saturday, May 06, 2017

1st Penang ShengJi Cup World Youth Xiangqi Open

马来西亚的槟城州,素有 “东方花园” 之美称,2008年被联合国列为世界文化遗产。

首届槟城 “胜记杯” 世界青少年象棋个人公开赛,由马来西亚玻璃市象棋公会与槟城胜记象棋社主办,中国厦门厦和棋院协办,槟城象棋公会支持。



地点: 槟城新光大广场-lot33会展厅。






Malaysia's Penang, known as the "Oriental Garden", in 2008 was recognised by the United Nation as a World Culture Heritage.

The first Penang "ShengJi Cup" World Youth Xiangqi Individual Open, organised by the Malaysian Perlis Xiangqi Association and Penang Sheng Ji Xiangqi Club, sponsored by the Chinese Xiamen Xiahe Xiangqi Qiyuan and the Penang Xiangqi Association.

The aim of the contest is to promote the friendly exchange of young players, and advance the culture and art of the game.

Tournament date: 21 of July 2017 (Friday) to 23 of July 2017 (Sunday).

Venue: lot33 Exhibition Hall, New Everbright Plaza, Penang.

The contest is divided into two groups: 18 years of age (a player born after January 1, 1999) and under 12 years of age (a player born after January 1, 2005).

Number of participants in each group limited to 130 people: Malaysia 40 players (including East Malaysia), China 40 players, special invited players of various National Xiangqi Associations 30 players, others 20 players.

The organizers are going to invite the following: Malaysia, China, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Chinese Taipei, East Malaysia, Canada, USA, Australia, Germany, UK, Philippines, Indonesia, Singapore, Macau and other countries/organisations.

The UK can send two players to participate in the above-mentioned events, as special invited players, the organizers will provide them with free accommodation, meals, and local transport. Other players may enroll in their own expense. Players interested can contact the UK Chinese Chess Association as soon as possible in order to understand further the competition regulations, arrangement of selected players (if any) and more.

Wednesday, February 08, 2017

Confucius Cup in Dublin 3rd-5th March 2017

As in last year, the annual Confucius Cup tournaments in Dublin is to be held at
The Ballroom & O’Connell Suites, The Gresham Hotel, 23 Upper O’Connell Street
Dublin 1, starting from Friday 3rd of March finishing on Sunday 5th March 2017.

Chess, Go and Xangqi competitions will be included in the days' events, first prizes for Go and for Xiangqi will be 1,000 euro respectively, 2nd prizes 400 euro, down to 5th prizes of 100 euro.

Registration fee for Go is 25 euro, free entry for Xiangqi.

For more details and registration, visit

Saturday, November 05, 2016


      2 0 1 6 年 全 英 象 棋 锦 标 赛
        UK Chinese Chess Championship 2016

    主办单位/Organizers: 英国象棋协会 (UK Chinese Chess Association)
    协办单位/Supported: 林拔芙华人社区中心(Lambeth Chinese Community Centre)

    Aim: Promote friendship & cultural activities among communities

    Date:Saturday 26th November 2016 from 10.00 18.00 p.m.

    地点/Venue:林拔芙华人社区中心/Lambeth Chinese Community Centre,
                         69 Stockwell Road, London SW9 9PY

    日程/Schedule: 10.00am (登记/registration), 10.30am (首轮/1st round),
         11.50am (2nd round), 13.00pm (lunch time),14.00pm (3rd round),
         15.20pm (4th round), 16.40pm-17.50pm (5th round).Prize giving.

    交通/Transport:最近地铁站--Nearest Underground:Stockwell Station
                              (步行仅两三分钟,just a walk of two/three minutes)

                        1st:£125+trophy, 2nd £75+trophy, 3rd £50+trophy,
                        fresh player merit prize £20

                       Asian Rules, 5-round Swiss, computer pairing/ranking

    报名/Entry:£10, 截止日期11月24日(Closing date 24th November 2016)

    联系/Contact:黎生电邮, 手机 07944927295 (短信/text)

     I respect decisions of the Organizers, friendly to everyone, complete all my games

Monday, September 26, 2016

Two Premieres at Hamburg


By Dr. René Gralla, Hamburg (Germany)
There has taken place a historic event of Chinese Chess at Hamburg, Germany - because for the first time in the 2200 years of the history of Chinese Chess, there has been battled out a Youth World Championship of Xiangqi, and that very " 'Caissa Cup' 1st World Youth Xiangqi Championship" has been battled out on August 17th and August 18th, 2016, at Hamburg, Germany.
The event has been realized after the German journalist and Xiangqi-enthusiast Dr. René Gralla had presented a corresponding proposal to Mr. Xue Zhong, Deputy General Secretary of the World Xiangqi Federation (WXF), some years ago. And now that vision has become true: Mr. Xue Zhong - who actually lives in Munich and who already organized the Xiangqi World Championship 2015 there during the late days of August last year - has realized that vision of Xiangqi-girls and -boys from different countries deciding over the board who are the brightest of all those hopeful kids from over the planet. 
But why has that premiere of a World Youth Xiangqi Championship taken place at Hamburg, Germany, after all? And not in China - as one might have expected?!
Since China promotes Chinese Chess to be exported - as being part of Beijing's foreign cultural policy - , therefore the big port city Hamburg/Germany has been chosen to host the historic event because Hamburg that the Chinese expatriotes use to call "Han Bao" is the unofficial capital of the Chinese people in Germany. And since Germany is an important country in Europe, therefore China has chosen Hamburg to host that event since Hamburg is the gateway to Europe.
The 1st World Youth Xiangqi Championship has been organized at the scenic Chinese Tea House "Yu Garden" at Hamburg. The event has been part of the official program of the German-Chinese Year of Youth Exchange 2016. In order to underline the significance of that event, Ms. Chen Zelan, the Senior Vice President of the World Xiangqi Federation (WXF), and Mr. Wang Xinting, the Mayor of Xingyang (being is the cultural capital of Xiangqi), have flown in from China in order attend the event.
76 rising stars from four countries - namely China, Vietnam, Russia, and Germany - have competed in the event.
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In the end either Chinese or Vietnamese players have won the competitions in all the relevant age groups - and that was no surprise, of courseBut there have happened two other surprising things as having been part of the parallel program of the event.
First of all, there has been presented a colourful set of Chinese Chess in fancyful figurine style that has been produced by the German journalist and lawyer René Gralla ...
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and that set has been a great success: All the children wanted to play with that set!

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And not enough with that: There has been introduced to the public an innovative set of Outdoor-Chinese Chess that has been created  as well by the German Xiangqi enthusiast Rene Gralla on the basis of the design of Outdoor-International Chess! And that very set has been exhibited during the event at Yu Garden too.
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"That very set of Outdoor-Xiangqi in the design of International Chess underlines the fact that Chess is just one big family, be it Chinese Chess or International Chess!" That has been the statement by the creator Rene Gralla on the occasion of the 1st World Youth Xiangqi Championship at Hamburg.
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The creation of that set has been realized by a way that can be copied by every enthusiast of Xiangqi .

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Herewith the description of the way that very set of Outdoor-Xiangqi in the design of International Chess has been created by Rene Gralla:
- the "board" of Outdoor-Xiangqi will be marked by chalk on the ground, just have a look at the photos
- one takes five of the white Pawns and five of the black Pawns of International Chess in order to represent the Pawns of Xiangqi;
- the Rooks of International Chess will represent the Chariots of Xiangqi;
- the Knights of International Chess will represent the Horses of Xiangqi;
- the Bishops of International Chess will represent the Elephants of Xiangqi;
- the two Kings of International Chess will represent the opposing Generals of Xiangqi.
Plus: one needs one additional White Queen and one additional Black Queen - in order to represent the four Advisors of Xiangqi by using the two White Queens and the two Black Queens for that very purpose.
Finally one has to create the Cannon-pieces, and that works as follows: one takes two white pieces of Outdoor Checkers and two black pieces of Outdoor Checkers, and one fixes white and and black Pawns respectively on top of those white and black pieces of Checkers. In the end those combinations of pieces of Checkers plus Pawns of International Chess look like Cannons of Xiangqi, just have one more look at the photos.
And the fun of playing Xiangqi out there in the sun can get started!

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That innovative set of Outdoor-Xiangqi in the design of International Chess was a great success at Hamburg tooThe kids loved to play with that!
Therefore the WXF should consider to create sets like that too ... in order to invite more people to play Xiangqi in the outside. And that is very important  these days because all too many kids -  let them be from China or from everywhere else  - , use turn to International Chess rather than to Chinese Chess ... because all too many kids think that International Chess is supposed to be more "modern" than Chinese Chess! 
Therefore that outdoor set of fusion chess invites all people  - and kids in particular - to try out Chinese Chess again!

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Mind Sports Olympiad 24th August (Xiangqi)

Mind Sports Olympiad 2016, 21st-29th August 2016.

The annual festival of board game competitions and of mental skills, to be held at the venue JW3, 341-351 Finchley Road, London NW3 6ET.

Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) will take place on Wednesday 24th August, 10.15am-13.45pm, with award of gold, silver and bronze medals and prizes of £100, £75, £25 to the winners.

All events are open to spectators, free of charge, new comers are welcome.

For more details/registration, visit the,
tel +44(0)7939 592820