We regret to say that the Jiangsu team’s visit to Toronto has been postponed, and the July 13 event described below has been cancelled.
A press conference scheduled for 2.30 p.m. Saturday July 6 at the MongKok Chinese Restaurant at New Kennedy Square will still go ahead.
Stay tuned for more information.
The illustrious grandmaster, Xu Tianhong (徐天红), is returning to Toronto in July, accompanied by two other leading players from his home province of Jiangsu. The three will exhibit their skills at New Kennedy Square at 1 p.m. on Saturday July 13.
Grandmaster Xu won the Chinese individual championship in 1989 and the world championship in 1993. On his last visit to Toronto, in May 2012, he played simultaneously against three Toronto champions plus Bill Brydon. He will be accompanied by:
- Grandmaster Wu Xia (伍霞), the 2007 World Women’s Champion
- Master Xu Chao (徐 超), whose accomplishments include a first place finish in the 2009 HuaMu GuangYang Cup in Shanghai
- WeiQi (Go) coach Li Gang (李 鋼)
Jiangsu Province is on the east coast of China, to the north of Shanghai, and includes the famous cities of Nanjing and Suzhou.
Toronto’s legendary Huang YuYing (黃玉瑩) is coming out of retirement for the event and will play against Wu Xia. Huang’s many titles include the 1995 world women’s championship (representing Toronto), the 1991 Chinese women’s championship, three Toronto championships (1994, 1995, 2002), one Canadian individual championship (2002) and three Canadian team championships (1993, 1996, 2002).
GM, making his third visit to the GTA, will play a simultaneous exhibition against an undetermined number of players. Prizes will be awarded to players who succeed in beating or gaining draws against the grandmaster.
New Kennedy Square has become the GTA’s top gathering place for Xiangqi players, especially on Sunday’s. It runs off Kennedy Road a few hundred yards south of Highway 7.
The event takes place on Saturday July 11, beginning at 1 p.m. It is jointly organized by the Toronto Xiangqi Association and the Scarborough Senior’s Chess Club. For more information, please call 416 587-6818 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.