Result of the End of Year Tournament 2018

The 10th annual End of Year Tournament took place on Sunday December 9th in the spacious cafeteria of Canadian International School, Aberdeen. Well over 150 enthusiastic woodpushers battleted over 6 rounds to declare age divisions honors, U6 – U18.

The U18 section saw an unprecedented strong section, with some of the top scholastic juniors competing. A testament of the growth in Hong Kongs scholastic chess scene, 8 out of the 12 contestants are internationally rated by FIDE. At the end, Seth Peramunetilleke took top honors with 5.5/6pts continuing his scholastic dominance in Hong Kong as he also won the ISF Academy Open back in March with a perfect score. Ben Han from ISF Academy and Gerent Lee from Raimonli College rounded up the top 3 in the section.


The U12 section winner was determined by tie-breaks as it was a close section with 5 kids with winning chances going into the final 6th round. Wilfred Hill-Wood from Harrow International came on top with 5/6pts. Wilfred, under the flag of England for FIDE, has been actively participating and increasing his international rating in various local rated tournaments.


The U10 section came down to a heart-breaker last round match to decide top honors. Matthew Mak of Pun U Wan Yan and Thanneermalai Kannappan of Kennedy went into the 6th round tied with 5/5pts. At the end it was Matthew Mak who came out victorious with an outstanding 6 out of 6 in the section with the last 3 rounds winning against internationally rated opponents.



The hotly contested U8 section boasted close to a third of the total entries with 58 kids in the section. The section was dominated by the internationally FIDE rated players, with 7 out of the 9 rated taking over the first 10 places in the section. At the end it was Danbe Luk from Renaissance College who took clear first in the section with 5.5/6pts and defeating 3 rated players in the last 3 rounds. Danbe has had a busy chess agenda as he has been participating in many of the local and youth international tournaments.


Equally as exciting and promising, the U6 section saw another perfect-scorer in Jonathan You from Kingston. After 6 rounds and a little over 7 hours of chess, a perfect score in this section deserves an applause! Jonathan’s energy nor focus faltered and came on top. Close behind was Yiheng Li who won top honors in the ActiveKids Novice Tournament with a perfect 6/6pts a few weeks back. Annabel Chang rounded the top 3 and only girl to do so in any of the sections, a true veteran in the U6 sections as she has won many honors.

During the tournament break, some lucky kids were treated to a simultaneous exhibition by both International Masters of ActiveKids, Manuel Pena Gomez of Spain and Juan Rohl Montes of Venezuela. The event was rounded up with the prize ceremony and some lucky-drawers went home with raffle prizes.


Here’re the results of the tournament.

Age 5 Winner – Lai Tin Lap Christopher (KCS)
Age 6 Winner – Lucas Yau (ISF)*
Age 7 Winner – Chan Pak Hang Clarence (Raimondi College Primary)*
Age 8 Winner – Channing Li (GSIS)
Age 9 Winner – Zhou Shennuo (N.T.W.J.W.A. Ltd. Leung Sing Tak Pri Sch)
Age 10 Winner – Prakhar Mishra (GSIS)
Age 11 Winner – Ritvik Gupta (GSIS)*
Age 12 Winner – Ng Sze Yu Ryan (QES)*
Age 13 Winner – Liu Pak (KGV)

U6 Section –
Champion – Jonathan You (Kingston)*
2nd Place – Li Yiheng (KCPS)*
3rd Place – Annabel Chang (ISF)*
Female Champion – Charlotte Tang (KYS)*

U8 Section –
Champion – Luk Kin Tsun Danbe (RCHK)
2nd Place – Lam Cheuk Him Darrel (Pun U Wah Yan)
3rd Place – Puhar Llewellyn Jack (PLK CKY)
Female Champion – Ng Sheung Yu Ryanna (SMCS)*

U10 Section –
Champion – Mak Chung Lai Matthew (Pun U Wah Yan)
2nd Place – Kannappan Thanneermalai (Kennedy)*
3rd Place – Uppal Mahir (DC)
Female Champion – Chan Ngo Yu (KYS)

U12 Section –
Champion – Wilfred Hill-Wood (Harrow)
2nd Place – Li Joy Ching (Kowloon True Light Middle School (Primary Section))
3rd Place – Liu, Yuan Max (ISF)*
Female Champion – Freiin Von Richthofen Alicia Giselle (CDNIS)*

U18 Section –
Champion – Seth Peramunetilleke (DC)
2nd Place – Ben Han (ISF)*
3rd Place – Lee Gerent Chak Yan (Raimondi College)



ActiveKids TCA program has been actively hosting and organizing not only Scholastic tournaments but also rated FIDE Standard chess tournaments throughout the year. One of the challenges Hong Kong kids have is the shortage of these crucial tournaments in order to earn a rating. It is TCA’s goal to help kids develop and distinguish themselves at an international level, with 2019 just around the corner and a new chess tournament calendar to go after, it’s a perfect time to start setting some goals!

The Chess Academy End of Year Tournament 2018

Finish off the year with a good Game of Chess!!
Come join our END OF YEAR TOUNRNAMENT 2018!!

Date:       Dec 9, 2018 (Sunday)
Time:      9:00am – 5:30pm
Venue:    Canadian International School (Cafeteria 12/F)

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/

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Result of the Novice Tournament 2018

The Chess Academy conducted the 10th Annual Novice Tournament on Nov 11, 2018. With over 65 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 5 Winner – Evan Li (SJS)*
Age 6 Winner – Emmanuel Chen (Kingston)*
Age 7 Winner – Aaron Chang (ISF)*
Age 8 Winner – Chiu Quinton Chung Hin (KJS)*
Age 9 Winner – Jack Gilbert (RCHK)*
Age 10 Winner – Leung Pun Lap Bosco (Alliance Primary School)

U6 section –
Champion – Li Yiheng (KCPS)*
2nd Place – Brian Yao (ISF)*
3rd Place – Cheung Sze Yui Marcus (St. Louis)
Female Champion – Sze Yat Yiu (S.K.H. LMCMPS)

U8 section –
Champion – Li YueKun (ISF)*
2nd Place – Gordon Poon
3rd Place – Max Dingwell (GSIS)*
Female Champion – Boon Yi Ching Hilary (CDNIS)*

U10 section –
Champion – Wong Yik Lai Ethan (QBS)
2nd Place – Xing Xin Curly (KCPS)
3rd Place – Wilkson Lee (AIS)
Female Champion – Li CanCan (Peak)*

U12 & U18 section –
U12 Champion – Oliver Yung (NAIS)
U12 2nd Place – Anakin Curtis Pang (RCHK)
U18 Champion – Eric Jiang (ISF)*
U18 2nd Place – Cavis Chan (RCHK)

Students with * is under The Chess Academy coaching

This is the first tournament of the school year 2018 – 19 and more tournaments are coming! Our next Tournament will be the 10th Annual End of Year Tournament and we welcome all chess lovers to participate in this Year End event!

For more details, please visit


The Chess Academy ActiveKids Winter Open 2018 – 19 (Rated Standard)

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Winter Open 2018 -19 (Rated Standard)

We welcome all Rated & Unrated players!

Come win some cash awards and/or Free Chess classes conducted by ActiveKids International Master!

Details please see Here

For Registration, please send 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


The Chess Academy – Novice Tournament 2018

Here comes The Chess Academy first chess tournament in School Year 2018 – 19!

The 10th Annual Novice Tournament
Date: Nov 11, 2018 (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 flyer below. To sign up please email your name, school, section and contact to, or fax the form to 8143-0070.
Should you have any queries or require any further information please do not hesitate to contact us at 3480-4199.



The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open 2018 (Rated Standard)

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open (Rated Standard) 2018The Chess Academy ActiveKids Fall Open 2018 (Rated Standard)

We welcome all Rated & Unrated players!

Come win some cash awards and/or Free Chess classes conducted by ActiveKids International Master!

Details please see Here

For Registration, please send 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



The Chess Academy – Call us today for a Complimentary Chess Assessment!

Our regular chess classes are suitable for kids ages 4 – 17 from Absolute Beginners to Advanced Tournaments Players, we will gather students with similar abilities into one class. 

Call us today to book a complimentary chess assessment to check your child’s chess skill level. New group classes open every month!

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GM Zhu Chen promotes development Chess in Hong Kong

GM Zhu Chen promotes development Chess in Hong Kong

Former World Chess Champion GM Zhu Chen made an honorable visit to Hong Kong to participate in a Simultaneous Chess Event organized by the Hong Kong Chess Federation and partly sponsored by The Chess Academy of ActiveKids.  This is the second event in recent months where prominent Grand Masters had honored their presence at the ActiveKids TCA headquarters in Hong Kong; GM Samuel Shankland also visited ActiveKids TCA last month.

Featured below are the President and Vice President of the Hong Kong Chess Federation – Mr Robin Lai and Mr KK Chan respectively, together with the Coach of ActiveKids, the Venezuelan IM Juan Röhl and the honorable GM Zhu Chen.

GM Zhu Chen with KK Chan, Robin Lai and IM Juan Röhl

All boards prepared
Robin Lai prepare the Boards

Robin Lai explains the details to Zhu Chen
Robin Lai explain the details for Zhu Chen

GM Zhu Chen gives his thanks to KK Chan

The event was played on Monday August 27, 2018 at 7:00pm. There was participation from 9 outstanding chess players of different ages of Hong Kong – the present and future of chess champs on the Island.

View of the Activity

The children are all engaged in the activity

The Children of Hong Kong present in the activity

The battle lasted 2 hours, where every participant showed their best attack and counter attack weapons; but the experience and solidity of the Former World Champion finally prevailed.  This talented player, originally from Whenzou in China, was named World Champion in defeating in 2001 the Russian GM Alexandra Kosteniuk by 5 to 3, to become the Ninth World History ChampionShe currently represents Qatar and is married to GM Mohamad Al Modiakhi.

The final result of the event was 8 wins and 1 draw against the young talent William Shi who could defend sharply and complicate the game to reach a fair result of draw, after activating his pieces, especially his Rook and his Bishop, the GM Zhu Chen showed an excellent level of play, solid and with a wide repertoire of Openings both 1.e4 and 1.d4 with Kings Indian Defense, Sicilian, the fashionable Italian Opening were present in the picturesque activity. (All Games are Analyzed by IM Juan Röhl)

All Participants next to GM Zhu ChenAll Participants next to GM Zhu Chen

Currently holds an ELO of 2423, GM Zhu Chen highlighted the work being done by ActiveKids in the promotion of Chess in Hong Kong.  Similarly, last month with the presence of the US Champion, GM Samuel Shankland who shared an excellent reading on the “Calculation in Strategic Positions” with Analysis Games from World Champion Magnus Carlsen and from Samuel’s own experience in the USA.

Click here for more photos and details of the event