The Chess Academy – International Master Coach Juan is joining The Chess Academy!

New INTERNATIONAL MASTER Juan Rohl Montes will be joining THE CHESS ACADEMY this week!

IM Juan

In the efforts of constantly improving the quality of our program, The Chess Academy is extremely pleased to welcome our NEW COACH IM Juan Armando Rohl Montes!
Mr Montes has been an International Master since 1996 with FIDE ratings of 2400+.  Since then, he has been deeply involved in the training of chess talent in Venezuela – from junior players to high level performers.  Of his students, he has recently trained two students who became FMs, National Champions in the U14, U16, and U18 categories and a WIM (Woman International Master) from Trinidad and Tobago.  He has been on the National Team for over 20 years and has participated in more than 50 International Tournaments in 17 Countries as a National Coach.

Coach Juan will be joining The Chess Academy team this week.  He will also be conducting high level classes during the week and on weekends.  So, please contact us to book your lessons now!

Congratulations to ALL our TCA coaches for receiving the Chess Arbiter certifications!!  Making TCA the strongest Chess Coaching Team!
A BIG Round of Applause to them All!

Coach Chris Pang Candidate Master / National Arbiter
Coach Edgar De Anda     FIDE Arbiter
Coach Sigappi Kannappan Woman FIDE Master / National Arbiter
Coach Sydney Lai FIDE Arbiter / National Arbiter 

Don’t forget to sign up for our End of Year Tournament 2017 (details below) and to get a chance to do the Simul-challenge with IM Juan!

Space is limited. 

To sign up for lessons, please call our office to arrange asap; for the Tournament, please email the enrollment form below to We will send you the confirmation and details. Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/



Results of The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open 2017 (Rated Standard)

After 5 rounds of serious competition, The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open 2017 was concluded on 12th Nov, 2017.

The results  and games of the Tournament can be viewed here !

final ranking TCA fall open

In the final round, Henry defeated ex- Hong Kong Champion Andrew Leung and won the championship! Congratulations Henry! Andrew Leung came 2nd with only one loss.

In the U16 Category, James Wing Ki Kwong scored 4 points and won the championship in U16, while Samuel Chun Yung Lam is 2nd Place with 3.5 points.

Below are a few words from our Champion Henry In Hei Ho:

First of all, I would like to thanks active-kids for organising such a great event! The tournament was well organised and hosted on Sunday so it provided more opportunities for HK players like myself to participate and play competitive chess.

Over this tournament, there were ups and downs in my games. The most difficult one should be round 3 against Ronald Choy in which my kingside have been completely demolished but I was lucky to escape with a perpetual. This put me into a must-win situation in the final round with black versus Andrew Leung, the Ex-HK champion. The game was tough and in a difficult middle game position I managed to simplify into a favourable endgame and converted successfully. With this win, I am honoured to claim first place in this tournament.

In the future, I hope active-kids can continue to organise great events like this one and I also encourage all of you to take part and challenge yourself in those future tournaments!”

And our U16 Champion James Kwong would like to share with us the following:

“I try not to put too much pressure on myself; even when I was in an unfavourable situation, I told myself to keep calm & carry on.

In playing this tournament,  there were some challenges. My first opponent was Wilfred Hill-wood, he was a young but tough player. He played active moves. He built a lot of pressure on my queen side and consistently played “fighting chess”. My fourth game against Ronald Choy was a tough game. I played the King’s Indian in which Ronald kept building a kingside attack. Ronald played really well thoughtout this game except for a slight calculation mistake. When I was in an unfavourable situation, I told myself to keep calm and carry on. Thanks to ActiveKids for organising this tournament. I need to work harder to improve my endgame.”


Our next Chess Tournament is the “End of Year Tournament 2017”. For more detail, please click here.

Result of the Novice Tournament 2017

The Chess Academy – The 9th Annual Novice Tournament was held on November 5, 2017. This is the first chess tournament of the school year 2017 – 18.

With over 60 students participated, we have the following winners! Congratulation and Well done to all! 

Age 4 Winner – Lim Ka Ho, Anthony (St. Paul  Church)
Age 5 Winner – Sacha Agyeman (GSIS)
Age 6 Winner – Qiu, Ze Xu Demos (ISF)*
Age 7 Winner – Vincent Chen (CIS)*
Age 8 Winner – Cheung Tsz Kin (CDNIS)*
Age 9 Winner – Shannon Ho (CDNIS)*
Age 10 Winner – Oliver Yung (Wah Yan

U6 Section:
1st place: Ng Sheung Yu Ryanna (SMCS)*
2nd place: Annabel Chang (KCS)*
3rd place: Derek Li (St. Stephen)*
Female Champion: Sze Yat Yiu YY (Kau Yan)

U8 Section:
1st place: Tiia Agyeman (GSIS)
2nd place: Rex Lee (CDNIS)*
3rd place: Oscar Tao (Bradbury)
Female Champion: Tiffany Leung (Kau Yan)

U10 Section:
1st place: Thomas Ip (SJS)
2nd place: Chang Keanu Tin Long (CMS)
3rd place: Ishi Agrawal (HKIS)
Female Champion: Meha Agrawal (HKIS)

U12 Section:
1st place: Cheung Hoi Yau Ashley (DGS)
2nd place: Xander Den Hartog (FIS)
3rd plece: Patrick Yu (West Island)
Female Champion: Chen Yi Dan (CDNIS)*

U18 Section:
1st place: Sean Ho (CDNIS)
2nd place: Woody Ho (CDNIS)
3rd place: Matthew Tsoi (CDNIS)

Student name with * is under The Chess Academy coaching.

Our next Chess Tournament is the “End of Year Tournament 2017”. For more detail, please click here.

End Of Year Tournament 2017

Come join our END OF YEAR TOUNRNAMENT 2017 !!
To finish off the year with a good Game of Chess!!

Date:       Dec 10, 2017 (Sunday)
Time:      9am – 5:30pm
Venue:   Canadian International School (Cafeteria 12/F) – 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, HK

To sign up, please email the enrollment form to We will send you the confirmation and details. Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/
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