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

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

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

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

For more details, please contact us at 3480-4199 or

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

For more details, please contact us at 3480-4199 or

Result of The Chess Academy Winter Grand Prix

The TCA Winter Grand Prix came to an end on February 28th after 5 Sundays of competition. No surprise, the two upper players in age and level dominated the podium places, with some of the younger ones mixing it up throughout.

In the end it was Niilo Nissinen (Niilo1) who took top honors with a comfortable lead at 100points, even if he missed a leg due to competing in the U16 Hong Kong Nationals. Second place was earned by Aaden Wong (aAd123kll), one of the younger players who managed to score points in every leg and managed to narrowly surpass Justin Cheng (Quickdetour) who also played in the Nationals.

Results Table:

Congratulation to the winners! We hope everyone had a great time during the tournament and we will have more exciting events coming up, stay tuned!

And don’t miss out The Chess Academy Easter Camps 2021, there is a 10% off early bird discount before March 17!