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:


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

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!


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 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
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!


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!

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:


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


The Chess Academy ActiveKids Winter Open 2020 (Rated Standard)


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

For more details, please contact us at 3480 4199 or

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 or fax to 8143 0070.

Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/



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:
Champion: Chiu Silas Nathaniel
2nd Place: Qin, Bruce (VSA)
3rd Place: Hari, Anaisha (GSIS)
Female Champion: Leung, Sonia (VSA

U8 section:
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:
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:
Champion: Wong Adrian Kwan Yui
2nd place: Li Yiheng (KCS)*
3rd place: So Adrian Tsz Yui (CDNIS)*

U18 section:
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:  F: 8143 0070 /

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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 We will send you the confirmation and details. Please feel free to contact us for any questions at 3480 4199/

ActiveKids Ltd.


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:
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:
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:
Champion: Cheng, Chi Chee Melson (KTS)
2nd Place: Cho, Spencer (CIS)*
3rd Place: Lam, Anthony (St. Louis)
Female Champion: Toucas, Cyriane (FIS)

U12 Section:
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)


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

For more details, please contact us at 3480 4199 or

For Pairings and Results List, please check Here

You can download or view the games Here