The game of kings takes root in Inner Mongolia
Gangsuh gives chess lessons to youngsters in Inner Mongolia at the Hohhot
"Chess players from the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region will
find their way to the outside world," said Gangsuh, head coach of the Halimak
Chess Club, beaming with pride.
Gangsuh has been fascinated by chess since he
was a college student. Years later he became a chess star in the autonomous
With a passion for the game and the drive to make it popular among
local people, he set up the first ever chess club in the region in 1999 in his
hometown West Ujimqin Banner, Xilingol League.
He moved the club to the
regional capital Hohhot, where more people knew the game and more tournaments
"It was a big decision," said Gangsuh, who sold his farm to raise
money. He also brought his wife and two daughters to Hohhot.
A former chess
champion of the autonomous region, Gangsuh takes junior players as a high
priority. He hopes to find more talented players through cooperation with the
Hohhot Sports Bureau. Together they promote chess among middle and primary
"My aim is to help about 10,000 people in Hohhot know and play chess
within three years and foster some competitive players that are capable of
winning world junior titles," Gangsuh said.
Gangsuh's efforts paid off five
His hard work is starting to pay dividends.
daughter Altnhua, 12, participated in last year's world junior championship. She
Like horse racing, wrestling and archery, a Mongolian-style
chess game is very popular on the grasslands. The fact that Western-style chess
and Mongolian-style chess have the same origin helps people learn the game
It is estimated about 100,000 people play Mongolian-style
Gangsuh feels confident of the game's future in Inner Mongolia.