The 16th World Xiangqi Championships in Vancouver produced two first-time world champions after dramatic knock-out games. They also produced a historic third place finish for Canada.

These results capped an organizational tour de force by the Canadian Xiangqi Federation and the Vancouver Xiangqi Association, who staged no less than nine international tournaments in eight days.

Tournament winner Xu Chao (L) vs. Lai Ly Huynh of Vietnam
Tournament winner Xu Chao (L) vs. Lai Ly Huynh of Vietnam

First came the American Individual Championships or Delson Cup, from October 4 to 6, and then came both the World Xiangqi Championships and the World Youth Championships, both under the umbrella of the Prored Cup, which was held at the Hotel Vancouver Airport in Richmond, BC from October 7 to 11.

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