Orillia and Toronto to lock horns in Xiangqi team championship

Toronto and Orillia are set to square off in the first ever team championship between the two cities.

The six round match, called the “New Mong Kok Cup Inter-City Xiangqi Championship” will be held on

GM Cai FuRu visits the Orillia Chess Club in October

GM Cai FuRu visits the Orillia Chess Club in October

Saturday December 15 in Orillia, and Saturday December 22 in Markham.

Each team will be comprised of six players, and each player will play all six members of the opposing team. Three rounds will be held in each city.

The Orillia leg of the match will be played at the Orillia Xiangqi Association. The Markham leg will be played in the food court at New Kennedy Square – which regularly hosts TXA events.

Orillia’s team will include 2009 Toronto champion, Richard Li YaChao. Toronto’s team will include 2010 Toronto champion, Lin ShiXiong, as well as Mark Wang WeiQiang, who has won the last two Toronto championships. The full team lists are below.

New Kennedy Square poster for Orillia Toronto Xiangqi match

New Kennedy Square poster for Orillia Toronto Xiangqi match

The championship is being organized by TXA president, Elton Yuen, and Orillia Xiangqi Association president, Gary Li .

The Orillia Team will consist of:

Richard Yachao Li 李亚超
Patrick Zhao 赵文革
Mike Songyan Chen 陈松岩
Gary Guoliang Li 李國梁
John Lin 林中
Ken He 何宽源

The Toronto team will consist of:

Mark Weiqiang Wang 王伟强
Shixiong Lin 林世雄
ZhiLian Li 李治连 (Only Dec 22)
Kenneth KwokYu Jong 張國瑜
YiXiang Wang 王义祥
Bill Brydon
Alex Tiyen Chan 陳廸源(To be confirmed)

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