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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End of Year Tournament 2019

Finish off the year with a good Game of Chess!!
Come join our END OF YEAR TOURNAMENT 2019!!

Date:       Dec 8, 2019 (Sunday)
Time:      9:00am – 5:30pm
Venue:    Wycombe Abbey School Hong Kong – 17 Tin Wan Street, Aberdeen, Hong Kong

To sign up, please email the enrollment form to info@activekidshk.com. We will send you the confirmation and details. Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/ info@activekidshk.com

Best,
ActiveKids Ltd.
www.ActiveKidshk.com
www.TheChessAcademyHK.com

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Result of the Novice Tournament 2019

The Chess Academy Novice Tournament 2019 was held on Nov 10, 2019. With over 75 participants in this years tournament, we were privileged to witness some thrilling games. The tournament proved to be a valuable experience for all as participants were able to test some of the tactics and strategies that they developed through the Academy.

We are delighted with the results of The Chess Academy students. Congratulations to all the winners and a big round of applause to all participants involved!

 

Age 4 Winner: Lee, Jun Yuan (VSA kindy)
Age 5 Winner: Chang, Yong Xiang Dylan (SIS)
Age 6 Winner: Hugh, Darius Clinton (KYS)
Age 7 Winner: Wang, Xiao Yang (ISF)*
Age 8 Winner: Lai, Hin Chun Joshua (KYS)
Age 9 Winner: Chiu, Chung Him, Quinton (KJS)*
Age 10 Winner: Lee, Owen (KYS)


U6 Section: https://chess-results.com/tnr487360.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Chiu, Nathaniel (CIS)*
2nd Place: Sze, Yat Chuen Carter (Yan Chai Hospital Fong Kong Fai Kindy)
3rd Place: Sun, Luke Tang (CIS)
Female Champion: Leung, Sonia (VSA)

U8 Section: https://chess-results.com/tnr487361.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Pak, Warren (GSIS)
2nd Place: Lam, Jack (KYS)
3rd Place: Wong, Kainos (St. Peter’s)*
Female Champion: Yu, Tsun Ting Tia (ISF)*

U10 Section: https://chess-results.com/tnr487363.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6
Champion: Cheng, Chi Chee Melson (KTS)
2nd Place: Cho, Spencer (CIS)*
3rd Place: Lam, Anthony (St. Louis)
Female Champion: Toucas, Cyriane (FIS)

U12 Section: https://chess-results.com/tnr487364.aspx?lan=1&art=0
Champion: Chan, Ting Him (St. Louis)
2nd Place: Leung, Yat Shun (ISF)*
3rd Place: Lau, Marcus (Pui Ching)

The Chess Academy Fall Open 2019 (Rated Standard)

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The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open 2019 (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

THE CHESS ACADEMY presents: The Chess Academy HK vs Clube Xadrez Mos Spain

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THE CHESS ACADEMY Hong Kong has rescheduled the new online challenge against one of the top clubs in Spain, CLUBE XADREZ MOS to Nov 17, 2019 (Sunday).

More than 150 players divided in more than 10 teams compete regularly representing this club, from players with international titles to young players starting their chess careers. In their ranks we can find national champions, regional champions and some of the best coaches in the north of Spain.

The match will be played in teams of 6 players, 6 representing HK and TCA and 6 representing Spain and CXM.
Each player will play 2 games with 30 minutes per game per player.
After the 12 games the team with more points will be declared the winner.

All of the players will need to have international rating of at least >1,500 so the match is going to be very high level.

If you’re interested in joining the HK team, please contact us at 3480 4199/ info@activekidshk.com

SPACE IS LIMITED! SIGN UP NOW!

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Novice Tournament 2019

Dear Parents and Students,

Here comes the Novice Tournament 2019 for chess beginners!

Date: Nov 10, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 1:00 – 6:00pm
Location: ActiveKids Learning Center – Unit A, 1/F, Nan Sang Building, 86 Belcher’s Street, Kennedy Town, HK.

For more information please see the flyer below. To sign up please email your name, school, date of birth, section and contact no. to info@activekidshk.com, or fax the form to 8143-0070.

If you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at 3480-4199.

 

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The Chess Academy has TWO Grand Masters in Town!

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EXCITING NEWS from ActiveKids – The Chess Academy!!

In our constant effort to bring the best to our students, we are proud to announce that we have TWO GRAND MASTER Andres Gallego and Manuel Gomez in Town!

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GM Andres and GM Manuel will be in good company with our High Caliber TCA Coaches:

             Coach Sigappi                    (WFM – Women FIDE Master)
Coach Chris                        (CM – Candidate Master)
Coach Edgar                       (USCF Expert)
Coach Sydney                    (NI – National Instructor)

Coach Andres and Manuel will be conducting high level classes for both children and adults during the week and on weekends.

Space is limited. If you’d like to schedule any lessons, please contact us ASAP! Call Emily at 3480-4199/ info@activekidshk.com

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Summer Open 2019 (Rated Rapid)

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The Chess Academy ActiveKids Summer Open 2019 (Rated Rapid)

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

Result of the Hong Kong Scholastic Championship 2019

We would like to say a big Thank you to all the chess players and parents who have been supporting The Chess Academy tournaments through the years. Last Sunday June 9, 2019, we had the 10th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship. With over 130 students battling their brain power, we had our final winners after 6 rounds!

Congratulation to the Winners and below are the result of the tournament

Age 5 Winner – Feng, Emily (York International Kindergarten
Age 6 Winner – Li, Evan (ISF)*
Age 7 Winner – Hui, Travis (ICS)
Age 8 Winner – Leung, Shun Him (ICS)
Age 9 Winner – Lu, Jacob (GSIS)
Age 10 Winner – Mak, Chung Lia Matthew (Wah Yan)
Age 11 Winner – Dai, Andrew Sicheng (ISF)*
Age 12 Winner – Donde, Tanay (HKIS)
Age 13 Winner – Yan, Joseph (CDNIS)
Age 14 Winner – Liu, Pak (KGV)
Age 15 Winner – Ho, Sean Ho-Chun (CDNIS)
Age 16 Winner – Liau, Jason Yi Qian (ISF)

Division I – Individual
Champion – Yau, Chase (ISF)*
2nd Place – Yau, Lucas (ISF)*
3rd Place – Li, Yiheng (KCPS)*
Female Champion – Hari, Anaisha (GSIS)

Division I – Team
Champion Team – ISF
2nd Place Team – KCPS
3rd Place Team – BHS

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Division II – Individual
Champion – Hari, Advay (GSIS)
2nd Place – Luk, Danbe (RCHK)*
3rd Place – Puhar , Huw Aaron (PLKCKY)
Female Champion – Florence, Fai Cheung Eaton (GSIS)

Division II – Team
Champion Team – Singapore International School
2nd Place Team – RCHK
3rd Place Team – BHS

http://chess-results.com/tnr447543.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6

 

Division III – Individual
Champion – Hill-Wood, Wilfred (Harrow)
2nd Place – Liu, Yuan Max (ISF)*
3rd Place – Ho, Lokton (Wah Yan)
Female Champion – Chan, Ngo Yu (KYS)

Division III – Team
Champion Team – Pun U Wah Yan Primary School
2nd Place Team – Discovery College
3rd Place Team – CDNIS

http://chess-results.com/tnr447544.aspx?lan=1&art=1&rd=6

 

Division IV – Individual
Champion – Han, Xuqian Ben (ISF)*
2nd Place – Kannappan, Thanneermaliai (Kennedy)*
3rd Place – Peramunetilleke, Seth (DC)
Female Champion – Leung, Hoi Ting (KGV)

Division IV – Team
Champion Team – KGV
2nd Place Team – ISF
3rd Place Team – CDNIS

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See you all next school year and our next tournament will be the Novice Tournament 2019 in November!

The 10th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship

Come and join the last tournament of the School Year 2018 – 19. Great Prizes for Individuals and Teams!

Date: Jun 9, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm
Location: Canadian International School – 36 Nam Long Shan Road, Aberdeen, HK
Section: Division I, Division II, Division III, Division IV
Awards: Overall Male & Female Champions; $300, $200, $100 cash prizes for Top 3 winners in each section. Trophies for Top 3 school teams and individual winners in all sections. (Every participant will receive a certificate!)
Format: 6 Rounds Swiss, G/25, 50 minutes/ round
Entry fee: $330 before May 20 and $380 afterward
Deadline: Jun 6, 2019

To register, please email to info@activekidshk.com or Fax to 81430070.

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