The Chess Academy was founded with the goals of teaching international chess to children and most importantly building children’s character through chess. Chess requires a good understanding of the game, competing, learning from mistakes and challenging oneself. Through this process, children will undoubtedly acquire invaluable skills sets such as developing stronger spatial reasoning, attention span, sportsmanship and confidence.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org For inquiries, please contact us at 34804199 / email@example.com
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!
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:
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 Pledgeto 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.
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.
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more details, please contact us at 3480-4199 or email@example.com
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.
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!
The Chess Academy Winter Grand Prix has started on January 24. It is being an exciting event where some very good kids from Hong Kong are playing and they are doing a great job in order to fight for the final rank after the 5 tournaments this competition includes.
It has been played already 2 tourneys and the rankings are as follow:
As we can see Niilo has taken the lead for 7 points that means at least 4 games as each game counts for 2 points. Below him the fight is very interesting as there are just 4 points gap between 2 and 4 places!
Next tournament is on sunday 7 of february. If you haven’t signed up you are on time on doing! As still missing 3 more tourneys!
TCA Winter Grand Prix Date: Feb 7, 21, 28 Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm Entry Fee: $200
The Chess Academy had a unique opportunity over the weekend by challenging a youth team from Ukraine, the Vasyl Ivanchuk Chess School. Founded and led by former world number 2 and candidate challenger to the World Championship title, Vasyl Ivanchuk, it was expected and foreseeable that the match would be of great quality. Given this opportunity, it gives TCA great pleasure to receive such invitations and share it among our students here in Hong Kong.
In total, 15 kids were invited to play in the 2 hour Arena to continue testing their chess skills against different opposition. The session began with a 30 minute warm-up followed by the tournament.
The first hour of the Arena saw both teams exchanging the lead often, not distancing themselves for more than 10 points. Entering the second hour, TCA took a big lead as many of the students gathered streak points (earning double points after winning two consecutive games) and managed a nice lead. However, during the last 30 minutes, the opposition remounted some momentum and created a gap that TCA could not overcome.
For TCA, Zion Chiu (chiuzion) lead the team along with Jacob Lu (Jacob_935) at 20pts each and not too far behind with an amazing performance entering the top 10 was Zhiming Bu (ZhimingBu) and once again the now experienced in Arena competitions, KainosWong (KainosWong).
Regardless of the result, this is yet another great experience chess has provided us given the strange times of Covid. We are continuously seeking new challenges to offer our kids to further improve not only their chess but also their personal development and teamwork skills. Stay tuned for our next invitation and team challenges.
In the meantime, TCA is currently hosting the Winter Grand Prix, it’s not too late to join! For any questions please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
TCA Winter Grand Prix Date: Jan 24, 31, Feb 7, 21, 28 (Every Sunday) Time: 3:00 – 5:00pm Platform: Lichess.org Entry fee: $200