GM Zhu Chen promotes development Chess in Hong Kong
Former World Chess Champion GM Zhu Chen made an honorable visit to Hong Kong to participate in a Simultaneous Chess Event organized by the Hong Kong Chess Federation and partly sponsored by The Chess Academy of ActiveKids. This is the second event in recent months where prominent Grand Masters had honored their presence at the ActiveKids TCA headquarters in Hong Kong; GM Samuel Shankland also visited ActiveKids TCA last month.
Featured below are the President and Vice President of the Hong Kong Chess Federation – Mr Robin Lai and Mr KK Chan respectively, together with the Coach of ActiveKids, the Venezuelan IM Juan Röhl and the honorable GM Zhu Chen.
All boards prepared
Robin Lai explains the details to Zhu Chen
The event was played on Monday August 27, 2018 at 7:00pm. There was participation from 9 outstanding chess players of different ages of Hong Kong – the present and future of chess champs on the Island.
The children are all engaged in the activity
The battle lasted 2 hours, where every participant showed their best attack and counter attack weapons; but the experience and solidity of the Former World Champion finally prevailed. This talented player, originally from Whenzou in China, was named World Champion in defeating in 2001 the Russian GM Alexandra Kosteniuk by 5 to 3, to become the Ninth World History Champion. She currently represents Qatar and is married to GM Mohamad Al Modiakhi.
The final result of the event was 8 wins and 1 draw against the young talent William Shi who could defend sharply and complicate the game to reach a fair result of draw, after activating his pieces, especially his Rook and his Bishop, the GM Zhu Chen showed an excellent level of play, solid and with a wide repertoire of Openings both 1.e4 and 1.d4 with Kings Indian Defense, Sicilian, the fashionable Italian Opening were present in the picturesque activity. (All Games are Analyzed by IM Juan Röhl)
All Participants next to GM Zhu Chen
Currently holds an ELO of 2423, GM Zhu Chen highlighted the work being done by ActiveKids in the promotion of Chess in Hong Kong. Similarly, last month with the presence of the US Champion, GM Samuel Shankland who shared an excellent reading on the “Calculation in Strategic Positions” with Analysis Games from World Champion Magnus Carlsen and from Samuel’s own experience in the USA.
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