Two of China’s greatest xiangqi players will challenge some of Toronto’s best when they visit the city at the end of the month.
Five-time Chinese champion, Lu Qin, will give a simultaneous exhibition against 18 A-level opponents. At the same time, former Chinese champion Xu TianHong will take on three of the top players from the 2011 Toronto championships as well as experienced non-Asian player, Bill Brydon.
Both of these exhibitions will begin at 12 p.m. on May 27 at New Kennedy Square near Kennedy and Highway 7. All are invited to come and watch. Challengers who win or draw will receive cash & prizes worth more than $2,000.
The event will include a special programs, “Chess & Life”, by Mr. Wan Cedel. After the exhibitions, there will be a farewell dinner for the GMs at 7 p.m. at the Mong Kok Chinese Restaurant (also at New Kennedy Square).
During their Toronto visit, the GMs will also give press interviews, attend a number of dinners and brunches, and visit Niagara Falls. The grandmaster visit is jointly organized by the Toronto Xiangqi Association and the Scarborough Seniors Club.