East Asia's top young chess players compete in Shanghai
The 3rd East Asia Youth Chess Championship is taking place in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai from Aug 1 to 10, attended by more than 220 young chess players from 11 East Asian countries and regions. [Photo/chinanews.com]
More than 220 young chess players from across East Asia have flocked to Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai, where the 3rd East Asia Youth Chess Championship is being held from Aug 1 to 10.
The players are from 11 East Asian countries and regions including China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, Malaysia, Philippines, and Singapore.
The participants are divided into six age groups: 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, and 18. The top three from each group will win prizes. The event uses the Swiss system and the contestants are required to compete in nine rounds of competition.
The arrival of this international chess event in Shanghai is a testament of the city's long history and tradition of chess playing. The Shanghai Chess Team is the only five-time champions of the China Chess League. The Shanghai player Ju Wenjun won the Women's World Chess Championship in May.
Lujiazui, host venue of the event, has placed a big focus on chess education in recent years. Laoshan Primary School and Yangjing-Juyuan Experimental School, both situated in the area, started chess education a decade ago. It has also organized an annual chess competition since 2012.
KK CHAN, chief judge of the 3rd East Asia Youth Chess Championship, announces the start of the competition on Aug 2. [Photo/sohu.com]
Young chess players compete at the 3rd East Asia Youth Chess Championship in Lujiazui, Pudong, Shanghai on Aug 2. [Photo/sohu.com]