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Taiwan Nationals 2013: Part 0 -- Introduction

Taiwan National Championships for 2013 are being played at the moment. It is a quite different experience than playing in a tournament in the 'west'. 

At first one might find it curious that the reigning champion is a high-school kid rated 1600. This despite there being many 2000+ players resident on the island, and rumours have it that even some titled ones have put their hats down here.

Well, I start to understand why many self-respecting players refuse to play in the local chess tournaments...  or to deal with the local chess federation in general.

(to be continued...) 

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