C. K. Lai is a well known Xiangqi player and enthusiast who has written and translated a dozen books on the subject, and is still writing, though less frequently nowadays. Among his books are Chinese Chess, An Introduction To The Openings, Checkmate In Two, and Chess Of The Wuzhi Mountain (in collaboration with Mr. Shu Ming Li of San Francisco). Translations include Chinese Chess, The Endgame Technique, Victories All The Way, and Fifty Games Of GM Li Laiqun. C. K. Lai won the 11th European Xiangqi Championship held in Amsterdam in 1994. He has also won on several occasions the UK Xiangqi Championship. He is Editor of Chinese Chess Cyber Newsletter, which WORLD MIND MASTERS is delighted to welcome as the official channel of information for the WORLD XIANGQI MASTERS
Ray Keene O.B.E., Games Director of WORLD MIND MASTERs, is the author of a world record 120 books on the International Version of chess. He is also the world's most widely read chess columnist - writing regularly in The Times, The Sunday Times, The Spectator and the International Herald Tribune. He has organised three world chess championships - in London and St Petersburg - and is also a devotee of the Chinese version of the game. In 1981 he became the first Western Chess Grandmaster to compete in a tournament in China.