1st ACTIVEKIDS TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA SUMMARY

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We would like to give a big Thank You to all the participants who brought their best chess day after day. That was 20 hours of wood pushing and close to 1000 games played between us all, thanks! In this summary you will find a break-down of the top scorers as well as Game of the Tournament and an overall Tip in the Sicilian Dragon.

Overall Ranking Table Note, only the top 4 performances of a player are taken into account for final Ranking.

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Congratulations to the Top 3

Thanneermalai Kannapan (kannat1) 1st Place
Henry Li (Henryli2012) 2nd Place
Kayden Chan (KaydenChan) 3rd Place

Top 3 will receive a 1 hour Online Lesson with Grandmaster Andres on the Sicilian Dragon. Please get in contact to coordinate a time.

Throughout the tournament it was decided to implement an Opening Theme, to help those players with less opening knowledge and make the games a bit more balanced, and we decided on the very dynamic Sicilian Dragon. In the Sicilian Dragon, activity is paramount as more often than not players are castled opposite sides and this creates a who-attacks-first type of game. In the game below we witness a ferocious attack from White after a seemingly ok move from Black, which after White does not waste any time and launches a pawn-storm to open up Blacks King and win the game.

 

kannat1 (1690) vs Henryli2012 (1500?)

https://lichess.org/uIAu8Nm5

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White just played 10. Bh6 attempting to trade Black’s Dragon Bishop, to which Black replies 10…Bh8 , avoiding trading as is always advisable to keep as it serves as a defending and attacking piece but in this case if was not so. Instead Black had the opportunity to neutralize any attack with 10. ..Nh5, blocking any activity down the h and g files. Game continued, 11. h5! Nxh5 12.Rxh5! gxh5 Blasting open the King side 13. Qg5+ Kh7 14. Qxh5 Kg8 15. Bxf7+ Nxf7 16.Qg6+ Bg7 17. Qxg7# A very nicely played attack.

We would like to take advantage to invite you for the next Grand Prix taking place March 9 to 13. Once again, we will implement an opening theme. It’s a good chance for any level of player to learn and add an opening to their chess repertoire. We will be using the French Defense, see image below. The tournament once again will be played on the Lichess platform, take in mind that we use Lichess as it provides a powerful anti-cheating software to create a positive environment free of chess engine assistance.

In conclusion, we are very happy with the chess that was played and most of all the commitment that was shown throughout the entire 10 days of the Grand Prix. However, we did have an instance of computer assistance in some of the games. The intention of the Grand Prix is to create a fair-play community around us to continue to improve and enjoy a positive learning experience. We hope this serves as a learning experience and we look forward to having you join in our future TCA events. Remember, we will still be hosting Chess Club Arena every Saturday from 4-6pm. See you there!

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SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX WEEK 1 + Tournament No 7

The first week of the ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix was quite a success with as many as 15 players at one point, and over 350 games played throughout the week. The rankings on top have been challenged by 3 players who have day after day shown great chess, following not too far behind are another 3 players who can potentially make a breakthrough into the top 3 with a good performance in this second week.

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GENERAL GRAND PRIX RANKINGS

Post-tournament 7 results
Remember that for general points we just count 4 best performance.

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TIP OF THE DAY IN THE DRAGON DEFENSE

Henryli2012 vs KaydenChan

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Last move from black was 1…e5. This move 90% of the cases in the Sicilian Dragon is bad! The reason is we are blocking the a1-h8 diagonal of the dark bishop, also known as the Dragon Bishop. Usually the g7 bishop is a strong piece for everything, to defend the King and for making a good attack over c3 and b2, but right now with the pawn on e5 this is not possible.

 

MOVE OF THE DAY

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Blacks move was Ng3!! Making a deflection over c3 square! Right now if white takes
Ng3…Bc3! Killing move! Game continues with 2.Qd5 Ne2 3.Qc4 Nc3 -+.

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 3

Another fantastic day of attacking chess! We were back to our comfort zone and played our usual opening repertoire. Still, there were many decisive games and even some upsets from players in the lower bracket. With 7 rounds to go, there is plenty of time to make up some ground in the ranking list.

Here are the Standings and Highlights for Day 3:

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Points earned from Grand Prix No 3 Arena:

1. BentFlappingSushi     20
2. kannat1                        15
3. Henryli2012                12
4. Zig_Hon2008               10
5. Jacobbwj9                     6
6. yhoratio                         5
7. KaydenChan                 4
8. randy_wang                  3
9. ethanos128                    2


TOTAL POINTS AFTER SECOND TOURNAMENT:

GENERAL RANKING:
1. kannat1                          50
2. Henryli2012                  47
3. BentFlappingSushi      36
4. Zig_Hon2008                 34
5. Jacobwj9                        17
6. KaydenChan                 16
7. yhoratio                         11
8. randy_wang                   9
9. Bruce-qin                       6
10. ethanos128                  5
11. winston-qin                 1

 

Game of the Day:

kannat1 vs Henryli2012 1-0
https://lichess.org/SPqJzmpo/white#1

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In this position coming from a Sicilian Dragon (surprise!), where opposite side castling occurs often, we have a very tactical and dynamic position. Here Black plays 19. ..e5 , attempting to push back the centralized Knight in d4. The computer engine suggests g5, with a counterattack and ideas of opening the g and h files for the Rooks. In the game, 20. Nf5!? Was played, creating a checkmate threat in 1! Leaving Black with an important decision to make. The game followed 20. ..BxNf5 21. gxBf5 Nxh5?? , which then White correctly exchanged the Rook in 22. RxNh5 and went on to win in a couple more moves. Amazing attack!

 

Tip of the Day

One thing noticed in many of the games is that people are trading when down in material! If we blunder a piece, we try to maintain pressure by playing as actively as possible with our remaining pieces, if we continue to trade (unless there is an exceptional reason, like checkmate, or winning back material) we are just helping the play of our opponent be easier.

Have a good day and remember tomorrow’s tournament is at 10am! We will be going back to the Sicilian Dragon starting position.

Also, Chess Club tournament from 4-6pm tomorrow Saturday!

See you there!

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 2

Day 2 of the ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix was full of attacking chess. With the opening theme being the Sicilian Dragon, all the 80 matches between the participants were decisive!


Here are the Standings and Highlights for Day 2:


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Points earned from Grand Prix No 2 Arena:
1. Henryli2012 20
2. Kannat 15
3. Zighong 12
4. Kaydenchan 10
5. BentFlappingSushi 6
6. Jacobwj9 5
7. Randy 4
8. Ethanos128 3
9. Bruce-qin 2
10. Yhoratio 1


TOTAL POINTS AFTER SECOND TOURNAMENT:
GENERAL RANKING:
1. Henryli2012 35
2. Kannat1 35
3. Zig_Hon2008 24
4. Bentflappingsushi 16
5. KaydenChan 12
6. Jacobwj9 11
7. Randy_wang 6
8. Bruce-qin 6
9. Yhoratio 6
10. Ethanos128 3
11. winston-qin 1


For Day 3 we go back to free opening election, remember tomorrow’s tournament starts at 2pm!

SUMMARY ActiveKids TCA GRAND PRIX ARENA TOURNAMENT # 1

Today we had some amazing moments during the first ActiveKids TCA Grand Prix. Again, the Grand Prix series is a 10 round tournament being played online on the Lichess platform. In the first round we had 12 players in total, and some 66 games between all were played in 2 hours!

Here are the standings and highlights for Day 1:

Ranking
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Ranking after Grand Prix No 1 Arena:
1. Kannat1 20
2. Henryli2012 15
3. Zig_Hon2008 12
4. Bentflappingsushi 10
5. Jacobwj9 6

 

Game of the Day:

BentFlappingSushi – Henryli2012 0-1
https://lichess.org/XNjcylIm/black#1
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Here White played 18. g4 , attacking the Knight in h5. Black ignores the threat with 18…Bxe5 and after 19. gxNh5 Bxh3!! with a discovery attack on the Knight in d4 and attacking the rook in f1, not just that, White’s King is now very exposed! Black went on to win in 9 more moves.

 

Another big moment of the day was the next position between Randy vs Grand Master Andres Gallego, Randy managed to achieve an impressive winning position that was spoiled by time pressure!! Anyway it is remarkable of Randy’s performance on this game! Well done Randy!
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TIP OF THE DAY WITH GRAND MASTER ANDRES GALLEGO

Next position was achieve in the game bruce-qin vs Zig_Hon2008 White play 1.Bxb8?Opening mistake! Remember guys we don’t trade our developed/active pieces for pieces that still don’t play. Nb8 is not threatening anything still. An extra tip, Bishops are usually slightly better than Knights! Be careful when you trade them!
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In order to create a good learning experience with this tournament, we have decided to implement thematic openings, meaning you will begin a game from a certain position! For day 2, we will practice the Sicilian Dragon . Position below:

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Have a good day and remember tomorrow’s tournament is at 10am! See you there!

 

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Winter Open 2020 (Rated Standard)

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The Chess Academy ActiveKids Winter Open 2020 (Rated Standard)

We welcome all Rated & Unrated players!

Come win some cash awards or Free Chess classes conducted by ActiveKids Grand Master!

Details please see Here

For Registration, please send the Registration Form to info@activekidshk.com

For more details, please contact us at 3480 4199 or info@activekidshk.com

For Pairings and Results List, please check Here

You can download or view the games Here

11th Annual The ISF Academy Chess Open

Come and join one of the BIGGEST Chess Events of the Year!!


11th Annual
The ISF Academy Chess Open

Date: June 7, 2020 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Location: The ISF Academy, 1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pokfulam, HK
Section: Age 6 & under, Lower Primary, Upper Primary and Secondary

To sign up, please email the registration form to info@activekidshk.com or fax to 8143 0070.

Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/ info@activekidshk.com

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Result of the End of Year Tournament 2019

Another successful tournament run by The Chess Academy. With 100 players participated in the End of Year Tournament 2019, we are delightful that the tournament went extremely smooth and all players had fun on the day.

Below are the results, a Big Congratulation to the winners!

Age 4 Winner: Chen, Jayden (Victoria Kindy)
Age 5 Winner: Qiu, Ze Chen Thomas (ISF)
Age 6 Winner: Wang, ZunKui Randy (KSC)
Age 7 Winner: Wong, Kainos  (St. Peter)*
Age 8 Winner: Chiu, David Zion
Age 9 Winner: Li, Channing (GSIS)
Age 10 Winner: Chan, Wang Ip Boris (St. Louis)
Age 11 Winner: Lupu, Andrei (West Island)
Age 12 Winner: Wong, Adrian Kwan Yui (CCSC)
Age 13 Winner: Yu, Patrick Qi (West Island)
Age 15 Winner: Cheung, Pak Shing

U6 section: https://chess-results.com/tnr496206.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Chiu Silas Nathaniel
2nd Place: Qin, Bruce (VSA)
3rd Place: Hari, Anaisha (GSIS)
Female Champion: Leung, Sonia (VSA

U8 section: https://chess-results.com/tnr496208.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Wang, Sanuel Julian (SIS)
2nd place: Chan, Pui Yin Brandon (NAIS)
3rd place: Yiu, Jonathan (RCHK)*
Female Champion: Ho Yuk Ching (ELCHK Lutheran Academy)

U10 section: https://chess-results.com/tnr496210.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Luk, Kin Tsun Danbe (RCHK)*
2nd place: Su Bo Rui Marcus (BHS)
3rd place: Chan Ngo Yu (KYS)
Female Champion: Eaton, Florence Fai Cheung (GSIS)

U12 section: https://chess-results.com/tnr496212.aspx?lan=1&art=0
Champion: Wong Adrian Kwan Yui
2nd place: Li Yiheng (KCS)*
3rd place: So Adrian Tsz Yui (CDNIS)*

U18 section: https://chess-results.com/tnr496213.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Cheng, Justin Hong-Chen (ISF)*
2nd place: Li Ching Hei (KCIS)
3rd place: Kadam, Aaditya Vivek (GSIS)

Our next Tournament will be the ISF Academy Chess Open 2020!

Online Match – The Chess Academy (Hong Kong) vs Clube Xadrez Mos (Spain)

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Online Match – The Chess Academy (Hong Kong) vs Clube Xadrez Mos (Spain)

Chess is a beautiful sport. One that brings people of very distant nations, cultures and ages together. This Sunday, The Chess Academy (led by Coach Manuel) organized a new event to help some of the best young Hong Kong players to challenge themselves by playing against one of the top Clubs in Spain, Clube Xadrez Mos.

The teams were made of 6 players, and they would face an opponent with a similar FIDE rating. In order to decide the winner they played 2 games with 30 minutes per player per game, one with the white pieces and one with black.

Before the games started we talked to the other team for a few minutes to say hi and wish each other good luck. Everyone was a bit shy and nervous but once the games started all the players switched into competition mode and the games were of very high quality.

Round 1: TCA 4.5 – CXM 1.5

The first round finished with a clear victory for the TCA team, and this match was always under control. On board 3, Ben Han faced an open Sicilian and after a quick development he was ready to start an attack faster than his opponent. Ben used that initiative to break the centre and win material before his opponent could even castle his king.

This victory was followed shortly after by Danbe Luk (only 8 years old), that captured the pawn his opponent sacrificed in the Volga Gambit, traded some pieces and used his time advantage to win more material and the game.

With 2-0 on the scoreboard things were looking good for the HK team, but then we suffered the only defeat of the round. On board 2, Ronald Choy played a great opening and middle game in a King’s Indian and obtained a decisive material advantage. Unfortunately, under time pressure he made a big mistake that cost him his queen and soon after he resigned. 2-1 and the other positions were not clear.

Max Liu, on board 5, was the next one to finish. After a very active opening play he used a combination to exchange a knight for his opponent’s dark-squared bishop. After that, his attack was much stronger and his opponent couldn’t parry all the threats. 3-1 and everyone felt relieved.

The last 2 games were very exciting. The first board saw a fantastic fight between 2 of the best under 16 players in their countries. James Kwong took a pawn in the opening but his opponent got some compensation in exchange. The game was full of complicated tactics and, in the end, when Black seemed to be winning, James found a rook sacrifice that allowed him to give perpetual check. Draw and 3.5-0.5, so the first round was a win for the TCA team.

Justin Cheng was the last player to finish his first game. The game was a very complicated King’s Indian position with a fianchetto where both players had good ideas and attacked on opposite sides. Only when the time was running low for both, Justin could use a very nice intermediate move to win material and, soon after, the game. 4.5-1.5 Final Score for Round 1.

Round 2: TCA 4 – CXM 2

After a few minutes to rest and drink some water or eat some snacks, the second game started. The players faced the same opponent but with the other color now. All the games were a lot more balanced in this second round, and everyone was extremely focused as they all wanted to win this match.

The first game to be decided was the 6th board, where Danbe got a very solid position from the opening and in a game full of subtle piece play, he managed to open the position at the right time and go into an endgame where he got an extra pawn and he converted it into a win. This victory was celebrated by the whole team as now the HK team only needed one more point to win the match. Right after Danbe finished Max fell for a trick when he was in a winning position.

Quite sad, but Max played 2 great games and only this mistake prevented him from getting his second win. 1-1 in the second match, and everything to play for. Luckily for the HK team, Justin and Ronald both outplayed their opponents and almost at the same time they used a combination to win material and get a comfortably winning position. From there, a good display of technique and they both won the game. 3-1 and the overall score was 7.5-2-5, which meant the HK team was the winner.

Even then, the 2 remaining players, James and Ben, kept fighting trying to win their own games. James had a very interesting opening and middle game, but at this level, giving your opponent an outpost in the centre can cost you a lot. His opponent handled the positional advantage with great accuracy and didn’t give James a chance to save the endgame. 3-2 and only Ben was left. He had a very drawish endgame and, when everyone was expecting a draw, he found a pretty tactical resource that won him an exchange. Having studied these kind of positions in his training, it didn’t take long for him to convert that advantage into the full point. 4-2

Final Score: TCA 8.5 – 3.5 CXM

After all the games were over, with another video call we greeted each other and thanked them for the great time we had playing with them. Everyone learnt something today, and they did while having a good time. The result is definitely not the most important part of the event, but winning against such a strong team needs to be an encouragement for the TCA players to keep training the way they are and good results will keep coming.

Thank you!

The Chess Academy ActiveKids
Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building,
86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, HK
T: 3480 4199   E: info@activekidshk.com  F: 8143 0070
www.ActiveKidsHK.com / www.TheChessAcademyHK.com

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