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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 05:16 
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Opgelet: dit toernooi is voor de snelle beslissers van 30 jaar en jonger met - als je die hebt - een FMJD rating die niet hoger is dan 2200.

Lees ook de bijlage bij dit bericht.

Jan Groenendijk en Martijn de Jong hebben hun ticket al geboekt net als coach Rik Keurentjes en vader Groenendijk. Heb zelf inmiddels ook geboekt.

Visa zijn eenvoudig te verkrijgen, normale procedure bij ambassade kost slechts 3 werkdagen.
Voor een toeristen visum heb je geen uitnodiging nodig en daarmee kun je standaard tot maximaal 30 dagen in China verblijven. Voor wie niet zelf naar de ambassade kan of wil is bijvoorbeeld http://visuminfo.nl/ een prima alternatief. De retourtarieven naar Beijing vanaf Amsterdam, Dusseldorf en Brussel zijn momenteel zeer maar dan ook zeer scherp, zie hieronder.

Hieronder plak ik een zojuist rondgestuurd bericht voor (veel) meer informatie. Een interessant toernooi en een belangrijk moment om het Europese dammen ook in China op positieve wijze op de kaart te zetten. Johan Demasure is hoofdarbiter en ook uit Letland en Litouwen komen spelers evenals waarschijnlijk uit Mongolië.

Zeker de (jonge) dames opgelet, dit is een bijzonder toernooi. Ik hoop snel meer namen te mogen noteren.

Dear draughts lover,

There is a new and important step in the development of draughts in
China. A development that may also be of financial interest to you!
Please see my message below and please see the attachment.

On the kind request and on the behalf of the Chinese Draughts
Association I invite you to participate in the first Open Chinese
Draughts Tournament. There are only 2 requirements: you need to be 30
or younger and if you have a FMJD-rating, it can not be higher than
2200.

The first thing that you need to do now (I mean really now / today) is
to buy a plane ticket for Beijing as the airfares are still very low.
For a tourist visa from most countries you can easily apply without an
invitation and with normal procedure at most embassies this will only
take about 3 working days. Please verify this on the internet by
looking up the website of the Chinese embassy in your country or by
searching a visa bureau and then arrange for your ticket and do not
wait for your visa because the ticket will get more expensive quickly.
Although you do not need an invitation for a tourist visa, of course
Chinese Draughts Association can also send you an invitation right
away. Visa are standard for 30 days so if you like you can - of course
on your own cost - extend your stay in China.

Kindly ask your employer a week off or stop your studies for a week
and / or find a sponsor and come to China. You are still not 31 so
enjoy it while you can! :-) The Chinese federation wants to promote a
youthful image of the draughts sport in China and of course give its
players an interesting playing field to compete in.

1. You get to play in the first Open Chinese Draughts Tournament ever,
a really once in a lifetime experience!
2. You will get to know China and its draughts players!
3. If you finish with the first 10 Men or with the first 6 women, you
have earned your plane ticket to Beijing and you have a chance to make
some nice money on top of that! Please see the distribution of the
prize fund in the attachment
4. The Chinese organization provides you with free full accommodation
(room, breakfast, lunch, diner) in the hotel where the tournament is
being played.
5. The organization also provides accommodation for one coach per
country. So if you have a good friend who can assist you and who also
likes to experience this tournament but does not want to play, he or
she is welcome and will be accommodated too! Please contact me and if
you meet criteria of age (30 or younger and rating 2200 or lower) I
will confirm your participation right away.

,,But it is to late, it is only 15 days from now". Wrong! Please see
why and smell the adventure:

1. Air tickets are still very cheap. So cheap that if you finish with
the first 10 men or first 6 women, that you can pay your air ticket
with your prize money. Tip: Aeroflot offers cheap return tickets from
all major European cities. If you want to arrive earlier or depart
later from Beijing, it is very easy and cheap to arrange for
accommodation. Some Aeroflot fare examples including all taxes and
websites:

(FIRST PRIZE IN XIN TAI 4418 EUROS)


Rates per november 19th as found on http://www.kayak.com:

Amsterdam - Beijing 410 euro
Dusseldorf - Beijing 401 euro
Paris - Beijing 427 euro
Nice - Beijing 481 euro
Rome - Beijing 398 euro
Milan - Beijing 441 euro
Vienna - Beijing 476 euro
Brussels - Beijing 406 euro
Kiev - Beijing 335 euro
Berlin - Beijing 396 euro
Warsaw - Beijing 417 euro
Minsk - Beijing 481 euro
Moscow - Beijing 379 euro
St. Petersburg - Beijing 391 euro
Ufa - Beijing 592 euro
New York - Beijing 691 euro (Air China)
Praag - Beijing 405 euro
Sofia - Beijing 393 euro
Budapest - Beijing 406 euro
Odessa - Beijing 638 euro
Geneva - Beijing 441 euro

If you have any questions, please ask them and I will provide you with
an answer or help you to find it. In the coming days you can reach me
between 6.00 in the morning and 24 at night. Telephone +31 6 28 64 60
10. Skype marcel_kosters E-mail marcelkosters@gmail.com.

If you are over 30 yourself and / or have a FMJD rating higher than
2200, please forward this message to friends / players that may be
interested to participate. Ladies, especially your attention: so far
you do not have any European competition for the prizes!

Just to be clear: new limit 4 players per country. So still 2 Dutchmen
allowed, 2 Belgians, 3, Lithuanians, 3 Latvians etc :-).

Excited greetings from The Netherlands and I very much hope to see you
in Xin Tai! Every round, 8 games will be broadcast live by the way so
your friends and family will be able to follow you live if you play
well enough!

Marcel Kosters
KNDB board member for international relations


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 14:18 
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Update: Martijn van Gortel doet mee! Dus nog maar een Nederlandse deelnemersplek over.
Translation: Martijn van Gortel will participate! So only one place for a Dutch participant left.

Update: Julia Romanskaia uit Moldavië wil heel graag meedoen en zoekt een sponsor. Sponsors kunnen zich melden. Translation: Julia Romanskaia from Moldova really wants to participate and is in search for a sponsor. Sponsors are invited to step forward.

Lijst met Europese spelers tot nu toe / List of European players so far:

1. Jan Groenendijk (The Netherlands participation confirmed)
2. Martijn de Jong (The Netherlands participation confirmed)
3. Martijn van Gortel (The Netherlands participation confirmed)
4. Johannes de Vries (Belgium participation confirmed)
5. Jimmy Depaepe (Belgium participation confirmed)
6. Martins Junkurens (Latvia participation confirmed)
7. Andrius Kybartas (Lithuania participation confirmed)
8. Andrei Matsiavin (Belarus waiting for confirmation)
9. Julia Romanskaia (Moldova waiting for confirmation)

And many Chinese players.


Je kunt me bereiken op marcelkosters@gmail.com . You can contact me on marcelkosters@gmail.com.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 19, 2010 20:16 
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Update: Participation of Julia Romanskaia from Moldova confirmed!


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 19:34 
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Update: a misunderstanding, Iulia is still searching for a sponsor. Announcement of new participant(s) expected shortly.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 21:16 
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Iulia decided to go anyway. Update on new participant(s) expected shortly.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 20, 2010 21:24 
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Slovenian champion Bart Stegeman confirmed participation.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 03:03 
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A provisional website with all relevant information and more

https://sites.google.com/site/tsingtaobrewerycup/home


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The website has had some updates concerning practical travel aspects. More information will be added in the following days and provided directly to the players who already registered as well.


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 18:52 
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New participants from Ukraine and Moldova added. 9 places left. See website:

https://sites.google.com/site/tsingtaobrewerycup/home


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PostPosted: Sun Nov 21, 2010 21:05 
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Real name: Martijn van Gortel
Location: Sittard
Het hotel ziet er al veelbelovend uit: http://rongfengguoji.com/index.asp

Wat je met Google Maps niet al kunt bereiken.. Ik schatte het stukje 'wandelen' naar het centrum van Xintai in al 'te doen', totdat ik de schaal zag waarop ik zat te kijken :D. De stad heeft 1,3 miljoen inwoners, en is dus aardig groot!


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 14:02 
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Flights of first 11 participants confirmed. Currently 3 more possible participants not yet confirmed.
Cheap tickets can be found on kayak.com. Free hotel room, free breakfast, free lunch, free diner.
Visa can still easily be obtained. All information concerning tournament format, tournament venue, player names, can be found on the provisional (candidate)player website.

https://sites.google.com/site/tsingtaobrewerycup/home.

For questions please contact marcelkosters@gmail.com .


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 16:24 
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Three more players just signed up. Only three places left. For all information please see

https://sites.google.com/site/tsingtaobrewerycup/home

and / or contact marcelkosters@gmail.com


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 24, 2010 18:45 
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Three more players were just signed up. Theoretically, we now have reached the maximum number of 20 players. However please keep indicating your interest in the tournament. The number of available places may be increased.

Please ask your questions directly to marcelkosters@gmail.com or visit the players provisional website at https://sites.google.com/site/tsingtaobrewerycup/home


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 26, 2010 04:16 
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Enrollment closed. 21 players, in total 28 guests from Europe. Flight info of some players to be confirmed.


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PostPosted: Fri Dec 03, 2010 13:25 
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Wordt er op elektronische borden gespeeld tijdens dit toernooi??


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