Like clockwork, the virtual Chess in the Schools (CIS) summer camp materialized in front of my eyes at precisely 8:50am every morning. Hearing Shaun’s clarion voice welcoming the students as they poured into the zoom…
Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) World Champion visits Chess in the Schools
Chinese Chess World Champion, GM Chuan Jiang, came to Chess in the Schools as part of a United States tour with the Chinese Xiangqi Association. While at our office, GM Chuan Jiang, taught our College Bound Program students how to play Xiangqi – Chinese Chess. He lectured about the history of the game and its parallels with western chess, and also held a blindfolded simul against three teams of student players. The champion won all his games!
While a few of our students knew how to play already, most had no experience until this event. By the end of the night, students didn’t want to stop playing, and now all have a love for Xiangqi and can be seen playing it every time they come to the office.
The World Champion stayed after the simul to review the games and to sign autographs.
Chess in the Schools was honored to have the Chinese Xiangqi Association and World Champion Juan Chiang visit our program, present gifts of Xiangqi sets, and teach and play against our students. We hope to have the Xiangqi Champion visit again on his next trip to the United States.