The Silver Jubilee Cup, our fifth and final speed tournament of 2013, ended in triumph for Mark Wang WeiQiang 王偉強. The winner of the last three (slow) Toronto championships finished clear first with 5.5/7. As this was a championship final, Mark has now won four straight Toronto championships.
Richard Li YaoChao Li 李亞超, the 2009 Toronto champion, was the runner-up, with 4.5/7. Xia ShaoMing 夏守明, took third place, with 4/7.
The tournament took place on December 22, the day after a major ice storm blacked out half a million people in the Greater Toronto Area and made driving treacherous. Two qualified players couldn’t make it, and as a result, three substitutes entered the tournament (Paul Ng 吳嶽林 had previously dropped out). Xia was one of these substitutes.
TXA president, Elton Yuen, the surprise winner of the November tournament, finished fourth on tie-break ahead of Lin Chen 陳林. Both scored 3.5/7. Li Chen 陳利, the only player who beat Mark, Lin ShiXiong 林世雄, 2010 Toronto Champion, and Jimmy Yao 姚建華, runner-up in two Toronto championships, rounded out the field.
The round robin tournament took place at New Kennedy Square and was jointly organized by the Toronto Xiangqi Association and the Scarborough Seniors Club. It was sponsored by New Kennedy Square and Willow Springs Winery. The time control was 10 minutes per game plus 10 seconds.
A blow-by-blow account of the tournament in Chinese can be read on the TXA’s Facebook Group.
Up-to-date tables that show the results of all of this year’s speed tournaments and the list of qualifiers can be found in this post and also below. Above these are a gallery of pictures of the tournament.
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Results of TXA Speed Xiangqi Tournaments, 2013
|Season||Champion||1st Runner-up||2nd Runner-up|
|Spring - February||Zheng Ziwei (鄭志偉||Zhang Shanhang 張善行||Li Chen 陳利|
|Summer - June||Mark Wang WeiQiang 王伟强||Zhang Shanhang 張善行||Zheng Ziwei 鄭志偉|
|Autumn – September||Richard Li YaChao 李亞超||Paul Ng 吳嶽林||Aihong Guan 關靄洪|
|Winter – November||Elton Yuen 阮國衡||Zhang Shanhang 張善行||Li Chen 陳利|
|Final – December||Mark Wang WeiQiang 王伟强||Richard Li YaChao 李亞超||Shaoming Xia 夏守明|
Qualifiers for Speed Tournament Final, December 2013
|Zheng Ziwei (鄭志偉||Q1 Champion||Qualified|
|Mark Wang WeiQiang 王伟强||Q2 Champion||Qualified|
|Richard Li YaChao 李亞超||Q3 Champion||Qualified|
|Elton Yuen 阮國衡||Q4 Champion||Qualified|
|Zhang Shanhang 張善行||Q1, Q2, Q4 1st Runner up||Qualified, not Available|
|Paul Ng 吳嶽林||Q3 runner-up||Qualified, not Available|
|Li Chen 陳利||Q1, Q4 2nd Runner up||Qualified|
|Aihong Guan 關靄洪||Q3 2nd Runner up||Qualified, not Available|
|Shuoming Xia 夏守明||Q2, Q3 3rd Runner up||Qualified as substitute|
|Jimmy Yao 姚建華||Q3 3rd Runner up||Qualified as substitute|
|Lin Chen 陳林||Q4 3rd Runner up||Qualified as substitute|