Novice Tournament 2021

The Chess Academy Novice Tournament 2021 for chess beginners is back! Come join the tournament and test out your skills!

Date: Nov 7 & 14, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm
Location: ActiveKids Learning Center – Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, HK.
Eligibility: Never awarded in top three places at any chess tournaments (Quad excluded)
Entry: $300 per player

For more information please see the flyer below. 

To register: Click here to register online or email the registration form to info@activekidshk.com, or fax the form to 8143-0070.
Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at 3480-4199.

The Chess Academy Fall Match

The Chess Academy has organized the TCA Fall Match – the Monthly Rapid Swiss, during our chess club session last Saturday on October 23. The goal of this tournament is to allow kids to compete regularly in person and gain experience for the bigger tournaments, this series will serve as a training ground of sorts.

For this edition, a total of 16 players gathered on a Saturday afternoon and competed over 4 rounds of 15 minutes a-side games. The competition was tense from the beginning, with as many as 8 players in contention for a top-3 placing going into the last round. The top two players facing each other in the last round, left 6 others fighting for 3rd place. In the end, it was Kainos Wong who came on top undefeated, defending strongly against an aggressive attack from his opponent Caspar Tong who finished 2nd. Third place was won on tie-breaks by Kevin Yueh.

Final Ranking:

RankSNo.NameFEDPtsRes.
115WONG KainosHKG40
214TONG Ka Yau CasparHKG30
316YUEH Hoi Fung KevinHKG30
41BHATEWARA ShaunakHKG30
54CHEN RyanHKG30
63CHEN ReneeHKG20
75HAN LeonHKG20
86KEDIA VedantHKG20
98KONG KadenHKG20
1013TIE Theodore DennisHKG20
1110LIU Kai Yun KyranHKG20
122CHEN Mattheus JunHKG10
1312TAN LaurenHKG10
149KUNG HaydenHKG10
157KONG AlexanderHKG½½
1611SHI Yu Ho EdwardHKG½½

Our next In-person Chess Tournament will be the Novice Tournament 2021 on Nov 7 & 14. Please click HERE to register Online!

For more details of the TCA tournaments, please contact us at 3480-4199 or info@activekidshk.com

The 12th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championships Results

The 12th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championships were played over two weekends, June27th and July4th.

Spread over 4 divisions, a combined total of 83 players vied for top individual honors as well as scoring for their team.

Weekend1, the top 4 boards have scored the same score and the results have to be resorted by tiebreak.

Individual Results:

1st Place – Charles Chan and Jacob Yui Him Chan.

They are declared Joint Champions as they have exactly the same tiebreaks with same scores.

2nd Place – Quinton Wong

Female Champion – Levia Leung

3rd Place – Johnny Zhao

Team Results:

1st Place Team: Chinese International School

2nd Place Team: St Catherine’s International

3rd Place Team: Quarry Bay School

http://chess-results.com/tnr569110.aspx?lan=1&art=1

In division2, one of the most contested sections, once again had another uncontested winner in Kayden Chan. The competition was very tight going into the final rounds, with 9 kids with in contention of a top 3 finish.

Individual Results:

1st Place – Chan Kwung Hang Kayden

2nd Place – Yeuh Hoi Fung

3rd Place – Yau Chase

Female Champion – Wang Rosemarie

Team Results:

1st Place Team: Singapore International School

2nd Place Team: The ISF Academy

3rd Place Team: Chinese International School

https://chess-results.com/tnr566964.aspx?lan=1

Weekend2, division3 saw many young kids from division1 and 2 taking the challenge and playing up to the next age division, with some playing quite well against older opposition. Division3, Under11, is quickly becoming one of the most highly contested and toughest age groups, with many of the most promising kids in Hong Kong. Continuing his quick upward improvement, Chiu David Zion took top honors with 4.5points, just barely outscoring Wang Julian Samuel on tiebreaks.

Individual Results:

1st Place – Chiu David Zion

2nd Place – Wang Julian Samuel

3rd Place – Chen Vincent

Female Champion – Eaton Florence Fai Cheung

Team Results:

1st Place Team – Chinese International School

2nd Place Team – Singapore International School

3rd Place Team – Canadian International School

https://chess-results.com/tnr568095.aspx?lan=1&art=0

Division4 was dominated by the top junior players in Hong Kong, Kwong Wing Ki James. For a change, the U16 and U18 sections was a nice turn out of 16 players. The next two top spots were closely contested going into the last round.

Individual Results –

1st Place – Kwong Wing Ki

2nd Place – Kannappan Thanneermalai

3rd Place – Jain Aryan

Female Champion – Cui Jiyan Jennifer

Team Results:

1st Place Team – Hong Kong International School

2nd Place Team – Harrow International School

3rd Place Team – KGV

https://chess-results.com/tnr566960.aspx?lan=1&art=0

The Chess Academy (TCA) – 12th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship

Join The Chess Academy (TCA) – 12th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship to finish off this School Year! 

– Interschool Teams and Individuals Championships –

The TCA 12th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship 2021
Date: Jun 27 & Jul 4, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00 – 4:00pm
Format: 5 rounds Swiss, G/15, 30 minutes a round
Venue: ActiveKids Learning Center – Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, HK
Registration fee: $250, Free for TCA Subscription Members 

To register, please send us the Player Name, D.O.B., School, Grade and Contact no. to info@activekidshk.com For inquiries, please contact us at 34804199 / info@activekidshk.com 

Space is Limited!

Results of the Online Match – The Chess Academy (HK) vs Brainbox Chess (Malaysia)

Congratulations to The Chess Academy Team!

The Chess Academy continues to offer different activities for kids to train and challenge themselves. Besides lessons for all levels given by the highest level coaches in Hong Kong, and Weekly competitions to practice what the students learn, these events help us share our passion for chess with kids from other countries.

There were 36 players from Hong Kong and Malaysia participated in the Online Chess Event organized by The Chess Academy.

Players from both teams joined the Zoom meeting together. Our GM Coach Andres greeted everyone in the meeting and shared his important advises to all players. Then our TCA team players started making the challenge for the first round. When they finished the first game, they immediately started the second game. 

As they are in the learning stage, we have the time control 25 plus 10, in order to let them have time to think. However, many of them are just playing too fast and their games finish in the first 20minutes.

The match ended with a victory for the TCA team, this year was a big result for our HK Team showing the hard work of the kids. The final score was 30 points for The Chess Academy and 6 points for Brainbox. The individual results were as follows:

Here’re the highlighted matches selected by Coach Andres.

Board 1: Henryli2012–Mirzairdina_07

Henry had some problems in the first game in the endgame where he blundered badly and lost. Second game he played stronger and took advantage of a horrible mistake in the middlegame from his opponent and won easily to equalize the match. 1-1

Board 2: MarkisTew – Quickdetour

Justin started losing the first game but the second one he shows that he is a fighting guy and won with black! in very nice style to balance the match 1-1.

 Board 3: Kannat1– Izzah_is_person

Thanneermalai showed too much precision in this match and won both games in a very comfortable way. 2 -0 for HK


Board 4: Xamuil– zeechamp7

Max showed great capacity to find good moves in very dubious positions for him. The second game he went for the victory playing aggressive but sometimes is no possible to continue pushing and he realizes and he went for the secure way perpetual check for giving victory to HK in this match for 1 vs 1


Board 5: Shunhim-jerrypimples

Shun showed great knowledge in the openings and his opponent just struggle there what allows Shun to get the upper hand very quick in both games and after that Shun played with very good technique to get a final 1.5-0.5 for HK


Board 6:Hghm_0218- Futurereiser

Vicent showed elegance in both games and some brilliant moves that allowed him to win in easy way. 2-0 for HK. 


Board 7: badaccount – Jacob_935

Jacob won his first game quite easily and in the second in a total winning position offer draw thinking in giving more points to the team so the match finished on HK 1.5-0.5.


Board 8:  YewJinChess – lingshenbu

First game for Lingshen was not really good as he blundered many times and lost position. He didn’t go down in motivation and managed to play a wonderful game in the second and tie the match 1-1.


Board 9: KingLjl10-Lelennyboi

Leonard took advantage from big opening mistakes in both games from his opponent and besides he got some troubles to win, at the end he managed to clear the way to score 2 victories for HK. 2-0 HK.


Board 10: kaiyewong-mtkd99

Unfortunately match for Madison’s opponent who made big tactical mistakes when she was in normal position. That is one of the big issues in chess. We can play a lot of moves but then with one simple mistake the game is gone that is what happened in this match. 2-0 for HK.

We believe that all players from both team enjoyed the exciting matches and had learn something from the friendly match! Stay tuned for the next TCA events!

Also, Don’t miss out The Chess Academy Summer Camps 2021 for a Great Brain Workout!

The Chess Academy (Hong Kong) VS Brainbox Chess Club (Malaysia)!

TCA continues to reach out to the World. Come join the TCA Team to play against talented players overseas in Malaysia! Live Commentary on Zoom by our GM coach!!

Date: May 2, 2021 (Sunday)
Time: 3:00pm
Eligibility: U16 (Born in 2005 or after)
Platform: Lichess.org
Entry fee: $100 per player

Space is Limited!

To register, please email your name, Lichess ID and contact details to info@activekidshk.com

The Chess Academy – Road to Masters League

In view of the recent spike of COVID cases in Hong Kong, we will change the IN-PERSON format of our Road to Masters league and revert to our last successful TCA training tournament format!

The TCA Road to Masters League will be a tournament with different groups of 4 players to play in the round robin style. The groups will be created according to the level of the kids. We will create as many groups as needed based on the number of participants. We will name them as follows:

Masters – Division 1
Candidate Masters – Division 2
Elite – Division 3
Advanced – Division 4
Amateurs – Division 5
Novice – Division 6
Beginners -Division 7

These group names could change according to the sign ups and the level of the players. Another interesting thing is the bottom 2 players of each division will go down one division and the top 2 will go up to the next division to play the second leg. So it will be more competitive.

The entry fee for each leg is HKD150

First leg will be played from March 16 to April 4 (3 weeks)
Second leg will be played from April 11 to May 2 (3 weeks)
3 legs Etc will be scheduled later.

Time control: 30 min plus 30 sec

All players will need to complete the TCA Pledge to participate.

Schedule: Each week we will arrange 1 round. The timing will be flexible as the opponents have both to agree on their preferred time. The only condition is the games must be played before sunday 11pm. They must provide the result of the games as the lichess link of the games to GM Andres.

Each game is 1 point for victory, 0.5 for draw and 0 for losing.

We will use lichess platforms.

Tie Breaks
For the rise up players and go down players tiebreaks will be as follows:
      1. Result of Direct game
      2. Match of 2 games 10min plus 5sec
      3. Armageddon game 5min for white 4 min for black with white must win situation.

Date of tiebreak: These must be played on the week from April 4

Special rules:
We will introduce these special rules with the hope that all the kids will play a lot more slowly;  this way we can encourage the children to think more, to make less blunders, and to force them to develop stronger characters.

  1. Offer draw is not allowed. The game just can be drawn 3 fold repetition or because you came to a position that is a dead draw or if lichess gives you the opportunity to claim draw in the right side below notation side.
  2. No take back is allowed

Advice
Remember to check your internet connection before the game
The internet speed we recommend you should have is at least 10MBPS.You can check on fast.com

Check Games Meeting Date:
For first leg:
Saturday April 3, 10am approximately after round 3.
For Second leg:
TBC

The Chess Academy Spring Open 2021

The Chess Academy Spring Open 2021 (In-person Arena)

Ready for some IN-PERSON battle??!! Come Join THE CHESS ACADEMY Spring Open!

For U9 Section (Born in 2012 or after)
Date: Mar 21 (Sun)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm

For U7 Section (Born in 2014 or after)
Date: Mar 28 (Sun)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm

For U11 Section (Born in 2010 or after)
Date: Apr 11 (Sun)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm

For U18 Section (Born in 2003 or after)
Date: Apr 18 (Sun)
Time: 1:00 – 5:00pm

Venue: ActiveKids Learning Center – Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, HK
Format: 5 rounds Swiss, 10 minutes + 5 Sec

To register, please email player name, D.O.B., School, Grade and Contact number to info@activekidshk.com

For more details, please contact us at 3480-4199 or info@activekidshk.com

The Chess Academy Road to Master League

The Chess Academy Road to Master League

Date: Mar 14 (Stage 1)
Mar 21 (Stage 2)
Mar 28 (Stage 3)
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: ActiveKids Learning Center, Kennedy Town
Entry fee: $150 for induvidual stage and $300 for 3 stages.
Deadline: Every Saturday 4:00pm.

To register, please email Player’s Name, D.O.B., School, Contact number to info@activekidshk.com

For more details, please contact us at 3480-4199 or info@activekidshk.com