Today in Chinese city of Lishui the 7th “Xingqiu Cup” China Open Tournament started with 109 players from 9 national federations. There are 16 and 8 international men & women grandmasters respectively. Some well-known players like Georgiev Alexander (Russia), Valneris Guntis (Latvia), Tansykkuzhina Tamara (Russia), Tkachenko Daria (Russia) and Sadowska Natalia (Poland) as world champions. Asian champions Dul Erdenebileg, Ganbaatar Ganjargal (both from Mongolia), Zhou Wei, Pan Yiming, Zhao Hanqing and Ala Tenghua (all from China) are also competing for the prize fund totally around US$ 50,000.
Distinguished guests are presented at the Opening Ceremony. Mr. Bat-Erdene Chimeddorj, ADC President was among them as the official guest representing World Draughts Federation (FMJD) and Asian Confederation.