2012 Asian Nations Cup, 15-27 May, Zhao Zhuang, Shandong Province, China

Some time back I received a copy of the invitation sent by the organsers - Chinese Chess Association - to FIDE Affiliated Chess Federations in Asia (Zones 3.1-3.7) and waited till it was published in the FIDE website and for some response to emerge from MCF.

Well, this prestigious and very strong team competition is for both men and women but it is unfortunately held in an Olympiad year (in fact just 3 months or so before) and so it will probably be a struggle to put together a representative team even assuming the funds can be found.

Off the cuff conversations include proposing we send an U-16 or perhaps even an U-20 team or a mix of available seniors and as many young talents as possible but the closing date is the end of this month (31 March) so MCF really needs to move fast.


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