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:

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