2022 Confucius Cup Irish Go & European Chinese Chess Championship held at UCD Confucius Institute
From September 23rd to 25th, UCD Confucius Institute, in cooperation with the Irish Go Association and the European Xiangqi Federation, organized the 2022 Confucius Cup Irish go and European Chinese Chess Championship, with the support of Bocomm Aviation Leasing Ireland Company Limited.
The “Confucius Cup” is the C-level points-system championship of Chinese chess and go grand prix in Europe. It is also the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic that the Confucius Cup has been held on site, with the Chess tournament being the first to be organized in cooperation with the European Xiangqi Federation. A total of 65 players from Sweden, Italy, Norway, Ukraine, France, Germany, England, Korea and other countries took part in the tournament, including Tian He, the former Chinese junior chess champion now studying in the UK, Yao Zisheng, the winner of 2022 Overseas Students Tournament now studying in Sweden, and Huang Jingyi, the former Hong Kong Group A player now living in the UK.
(Group photo of guests and winners)
After three-day fierce competitions, the tournament was successfully concluded in the afternoon of 25th. The first, second and third place in the 9th Confucius Cup Go Championship were won by Stanislaw Frejlak (Polish), Kim Dohyup (Korean) and Tianyi Chen (Chinese). He Tian (British), Zhong Xue (German) and Nicolas Dang (French) won the first, second and third place in the 6th “Confucius Cup” Chinese chess championship.
Huang He, Chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, Niall Tuohy, President of the Irish Go Association, Eoghan Barry, Secretary General, Chen Huazhong, Executive President of the European Xiangqi Federation, Xue Zhong, Secretary General, Lu Zhendong, CEO of Bocomm Aviation Leasing Ireland Company Limited, Wang Liming, Director at UCD Confucius Institute, and Zhang Wei, Chinese Director at UCD Confucius Institute, attended the closing ceremony of the tournament and presented awards to the winning players.
(Huang He, Chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, presented the prize to the Go champion of the tournament)
(Huang He, Chargé d'affaires of the Chinese Embassy in Ireland, presented the prize to the Chinese chess champion of the tournament)
As the first event of 2022 Confucius Institute Day, the Confucius Cup Chinese Chess and Go Tournament at UCD Confucius Institute not only establishes a platform for Chinese chess and go enthusiasts from all over the world to compete together but provides an opportunity for players from diverse cultural backgrounds to exchange, understand and learn from each other.