BAKU, Sept. 1 (Xinhua) -- Over 2,000 players will compete in the 42nd Chess Olympiad, which kicked off here on Thursday at the National Gymnastics Arena.

The event, which is slated from Sept. 1-14, feature 181 male and 142 female teams from 176 countries in Open and Women sections.

The total number of participants is 2,245. The Chief Arbiter of the event will be Azerbaijan's International Arbiter Faig Hasanov.

Seven countries, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Central African Republic, Eritrea, Kosovo, Liberia and South Sudan, will all enter the tournament for the first time.

The strongest team of the tournament is Russia with an average rating of 2,760. United States are the second strongest team with 2,761. China is the third team with highest average rating and the only team besides Russia whose all players have rating higher than 2,700.

The top seed in the women's section is China with an average rating of 2,528. The team is led by the Women's World Champion Hou Yifan on board one along with Zhao Xue, Ju Wenjun, Tan Zhongyi and Guo Qi. The reigning champions Russia have the second highest average rating of 2,504, and Ukraine on third (2,503).

The host country Azerbaijan is represented by three teams in each section.

Both sections will be completed over 11 rounds of Swiss system. Teams will be ranked according to the match points won in every round.

During the days of the tournament, Baku will also host multiple side events such as the operation of chess buses, 3D street art on chess topics, display of painted chess pieces, Chess Queen street performances, chess photography exhibitions, and parallel chess tournaments.

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YINCHUAN, Sept. 7 (Xinhua) -- Projects with total investment of 17 billion yuan (2.6 billion U.S. dollars) were signed at a forum on industrial capacity cooperation between China and Arab States.

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According to a report issued at the forum, China's direct investment in Arab countries grew to more than 2.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2015 from 788 million U.S. dollars in 2010.

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Following the establishment of an economic and trade cooperation zone between China and Egypt, China is building industrial parks with Saudi Arabia and Oman.

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Executives from 1,080 companies and nearly 5,000 exhibitors covering 31 industries ranging from transportation to big data will attend.

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WORLD No. 2 Rory McIlroy is among a host of stars who have confirmed their participation for the US$7 million BMW Masters to be held in Shanghai later this year.

McIlroy of Northern Ireland will be joined by world No. 3 Henrik Stenson of Sweden, fourth-ranked Justin Rose of England Nike Jordan Retro Shoes For Sale , and defending champion Gonzalo Fernandez-Castano of Spain at the Lake Malaren Golf Club from October 28 to November 2, organizers of the event announced yesterday.

A total of 78 players will tee off at the course located in Shanghai’s Baoshan District. The world’s top 60 pros are eligible for the event while the remaining spots will be kept aside for top finishers at the Race to Dubai on 26th October 2014. There will also be four wildcards and 14 Chinese players who will be nominated by the Chinese Golf Association.

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“The fact that golf is now an Olympic sport is going to kick in and it will be really important to have a foothold in the Chinese market,” said Bjorn. “We always talk about the growth of the game in Asia, and particularly in China. International tournaments like this provide them with more opportunities.

“There are some players coming through and showing.