Result of the 10th Annual ISF Academy Chess Open 2019


Another year of full house at the 10th Annual ISF Academy Chess Open last Sunday on Mar 10, 2019. With over 68 schools and close to 250 players participating, the event is The BIGGEST Chess Tournament that students look forward to in Hong Kong!

After the initial handshakes, each player engaged in six rounds of chess in a gym charged with high-intensity, brain power.  From the youngest 4-year-old player to the oldest 18-year-olds, everyone had fun while giving maximum effort.  After over six hours of ‘battle’, everybody was proud of the fantastic brain workout and attitude that the participants produced.

The event was a resounding success. Special thanks go to all the devoted parents who patiently stood by the students’ sides throughout the whole day for both physical and mental support. We were most pleased with the excellent results and the very positive remarks received from the students/parents about the tournament. Hope to see all the players at the next tournament – The 10th Annual Beginners Tournament (Apr 14, 2019) and The 10th Annual Hong Kong Scholastic Championship (Jun 9, 2019)

As our ActiveKids’ constant efforts to improve ourselves and to invest into our resources, we are also extremely proud to have a Grand Master (GM) joining ActiveKids TCA Team in the beginning of April. He will be the FIRST and ONLY GM actively coaching in HK!




Below are the results of the tournament

Students/ Schools with (*) are under The Chess Academy coaching

Age Winners:
Age 5 Winner –
Qiu, Ze Chen Thomas (ESF Hillside)
Age 6 Winner – Belza, Garcia Nora (ISF)*
Age 7 Winner – Li Yiheng (KCPS)*
Age 8 Winner – Chan, Pak Hang Clarence (Raimondi College Primary School)*
Age 9 Winner – Chen, Vincent (CIS)*
Age 10 Winner – Chan, Wang Ip Boris (St. Louis School)
Age 11 Winner – Ting, William (Oblate Primary School)
Age 12 Winner – Gupta, Ritvik (GSIS)*
Age 13 Winner – Hsin, Hung Cheng (CDNIS)*
Age 14 Winner – Lee, Tsz Long Adrian (Baptist Lui Ming Choi Sec Sch)
Age 15 Winner – Kwan, Ho (Wah Yan College, Kowloon)
Age 16 Winner – Qian, Christopher (ISF)*
Age 17 Winner – Tsoi, Mike (Harrow)
Age 18 Winner – Wei, Vincent (Harrow)


Age 6 & Under Individual
Champion – Qin, Bruce (Victoria Kindy)*
2nd place – Lai, Tin Lap Christopher (KCS)
3rd place – Hill-Wood, Oliver (Harrow)
4th place – Li, Evan (ISF)*
5th place – Song, Hao Yu Thomas (ISF)*
6th place – Liang, Zhi Yuan, Eric (ISF Pre-school)*
Female Champion – Li, Erin (ISF Pre-School)*

Age 6 & Under Team
Champion Team – ISF Academy*
2nd place team – ISF Pre-School*
3rd place team – Victoria Kindy*
4th place team – KCS
5th place team – Harrow
6th place team – ESF Kindy (Hillside)


Lower Primary Individual
Champion – Puhar , Llewellyn Jack (PLKCKY)
2nd place – Lu, Jacob (SIS)
3rd place – Pu, Ethan (HKIS)
4th place – Luk, Kin Tsun, Danbe (RCHK)*
5th place – Chan, Tai Yuen Gabriel (BHS)*
6th place – Su, Bo Ruei Marcus (BHS)*
Female Champion – Chang, Annabel (ISF)*

Lower Primary Team
Champion Team – BHS*
2nd place Team – Singapore Int’l School
3rd place Team – GSIS
4th place Team – ISF*
5th place team – La Salle Pri Sch
6th place team – CIS*


Upper Primary Individual
Champion – Kannappan, Thanneermalai (Kennedy)*
2nd place – Mak, Chung Lai Matthew (Pan U Wah Yan)
3rd place – Liu, Yuan, Max (ISF)*
4th place – Wong, Adrian Kwan Yui (CSHK)
5th place – Li, Joy Ching (KTLPS)
6th place – Hill-Wood, Wilfred (Harrow)
Female Champion – Chan, Ngo Yu Michelle (KYS)

Upper Primary Team
Champion Team – ISF*
2nd place Team – GSIS
3rd place Team – KYS
4th place Team – HKIS
5th place Team – La Salle Primary
6th place Team – RCHK*


Secondary Individual
Champion – Peramunetilleke, Seth (DC)
2nd place – Han, Ben (ISF)*
3rd place – Cheng, Justin Hong-Chen (ISF)*
4th place – Leung, Yu Chung Adrian (La Salle College)
5th place – Kwan, Ming Hin (Wah Yan College, Kowloon)
6th place – Liu, Pak (KGV)
Female Champion – Cui, Jiyan Jennifer (Harrow)

Secondary Team
Champion Team – ISF*
2nd place Team – Wah Yan College, Kowloon
3rd place Team – CDNIS*
4th place Team – Harrow
5th place Team – La Salle
6th place Team – KGV

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ActiveKids – THE CHESS ACADEMY nurtures Fighters and Champs!!

A Big Congratulations to all the participants’ great efforts at The Hong Kong National Junior Chess Championships 2019 organized by the Hong Kong Chess Federation on February 16, 17; and an EXTRA Congratulations to our ActiveKids’ The Chess Academy (TCA) students and schools that we teach at for their outstanding performances!  We are extremely delighted and proud of all their strong performance.

Some of our TCA students are:

  • Thanneermalai Kannappan (U12 Champion)
  • Ben Xuqian Han                    (U12 Runner-up)
  • Justin Hong-Chen Cheng     (U12 5th Place)
  • Annabel Chang                      (U8 Hong Kong Female Representative)
  • Danbe Luk                              (U8 2nd Place)

ActiveKids TCA
takes great pride and honor in having the opportunity to help hone the chess skills of so many amazing young chess players. We would like to thank our dedicated coaches – especially IM Manuel, WFM Sigappi, Coach Edgar and CM Chris who have devoted their time and efforts in contributing to these particular students’ success and strong school performances at ISF, CIS, RCHK, LSCSK. 

Congrats to all!

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Spring Open 2019 (Rated Standard)

The Chess Academy ActiveKids Spring Open 2019 (Rated Standard)

We welcome all Rated & Unrated players!

Come win some cash awards or Flight ticket Sponsorship for the World Cadet Championship 2019 / International FIDE events!

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 presents: The Chess Academy HK vs USC SPAIN

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The Chess Academy presents:

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Hong Kong                                   Spain

            Feb 10, 2019

Last Sunday, 10th of February, in one of the numerous events organized by The Chess Academy to help our players practice and improve their chess while having fun. We had the opportunity to play a friendly but competitive match against one of the best teams in Spain, Universidad de Santiago de Compostela (USC). Given the time difference the matches were set to start at 5pm Hong Kong time (10am for our opponents).
The players were all very excited and eager to try some of the new strategies they had been studying in their chess lessons. Before the match started both teams spoke for a couple of minutes – introducing themselves and wishing each other good luck.

Everything was set for the match to start. There were 6 players per team and each player played 2 games against the same opponent, one with white pieces and the other one with black. At the end of all the games the team with more points would be declared the winner.

We are delightful to the overall success of the event, everyone could go home happy knowing that they learnt some valuable lessons and got to play some fun and exciting chess matches against tough competition. The Chess Academy will have plenty more chess events for Hong Kong players in the near future.

To view the full result of the competition, please click here




The Chess Academy – Special Event in CNY 2019!

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The Chess Academy presents:

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Hong Kong                                   Spain

            Feb 10, 2019

We are extremely excited to announce that The Chess Academy has agreed to participate and play against the Universidad Santiago de Compostela (USC) in Spain. USC are the current champions in the Galicia region and one of the top chess clubs in all of Spain! 
The event will be hosted on, and will take place on February 10th from 5 to 7pm (HKT) at ActiveKids Learning Center (Kennedy Town). 
This unique opportunity will pit selected TCA players against a range of rated players, some of whom have won national titles as well! It’s bound to be a tightly-contested event between Hong Kong and Spain, but we’re sure that the experience gained from it will mean that everyone’s a winner.
For more details, please contact us at 3480 4199/


The 10th Annual ISF Academy Chess Open 2019

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


The 10th Annual
ISF Academy Chess Open 2019

Date: March 10, 2019 (Sunday)
Time: 9:00am – 5:30pm
Location: The ISF Academy, 1 Kong Sin Wan Road, Pokfulam, HK

Also, don’t miss out The Chess Academy Chinese New Year Camps 2019 to have some brain workout during the holiday!


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/






Be the Next Champion in the World Cadet 2019!

ActiveKids’ The Chess Academy is delighted to offer a special COMPREHENSIVE
TRAINING program to help players prepare for this Championship starting in January 2019!

The training program features:
• Round-the-clock access to our International Masters
• Special individually tailored openings
• Regular matches against highly-skilled players from clubs all around the World
• Coach accompaniment and support at the Championship
• Full sponsorship Admission fee to the Championship*
*The top ranked player of each age group.

For more information, please contact us at 3480-4199/



ActiveKids’ The Chess Academy

World Cadet
(U8, U10, U12) Chess Championship 2019

協助棋手準備2019 世界少年棋手大賽,課程將於2019年1月開始!

·棋藝學院將全客贊助報名費用 *
* 只限每個年齡組別中表現最優秀的棋手

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!

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