As an annual tradition, a Xiangqi (Chinese chess) festival was held on the sixth day of the first lunar month at Vua (King) Pagoda on Thinh Yen Street in Hai Ba Trung district, offering an opportunity for chess players to show off their talents at what was the most prestigious chess arena in Hanoi in the past.
Overview of the match
During the three-day tournament, the area in front of the Pagoda becomes a large board for human chess matches
Boys play as the red pieces in the match
While girls represent the green pieces.
The pieces are controlled by the players
Every two moves of the match are separated by the rhythm of a drumbeat
The event draws the participation of chess players, chess masters, and chess lovers from home and abroad.
A girl in costume as the ‘Woman General’ piece.
Spectators gather to analyse each of moves in the chess match.
Anyone who wins the tournament for three consecutive years will receive the honour of having their names engraved in a stone stele at the Pagoda.