CAISSA Chess Club Hong Kong

Discovery Bay & Hong Kong Island

Easter Team Tournament: All Girls Team Win!

April 13th, 2014

With 4 teams of 6 players we celebrated the pre-easter break on our 12 April Saturday chess meeting in Discovery Bay. The team with most points would go first to select some Easter goodies.

 

Noah, Hop Hang, Kian and Chor Wei show interest in the Easter Prizes

Noah, Hop Hang, Kian and Chor Wei show interest in the Easter Prizes

 

The 4 teams were divided such that all teams were of equal strength. The board 1 players would only play against board 1 players of the other team, board 2 against board 2 and so on.

Team A: Miguel Angel, Thomas, Kian, Noah, Ritvik, Koza

Team B: Bryant, Wo Hang, Maximilien, Joshua, Fiona, Louis

Team C: Chor Wei, Ian, Alex, James, Seth, Hop Hang

Team D: Mei Jing, Samira, Mia, Saga, Kaya, Gauri

Team D, the all-girls team captained by Mei Jing, ended 0.5 points higher than Team A, 1.5 points higher than Team B and 2 points higher than Team C.

Well done girls!

 

Miguel Angel, Bryant, Maximilian and Fiona watch Joshua's decisive last moves

Team Captains Miguel Angel and Bryant, and Maximilian and Fiona watch Joshua’s decisive last moves

 

Thomas, Kian, Noah and Ritvik of Team A on the left side.

Thomas, Kian, Noah and Ritvik of Team A on the left side.

 

The All Girl Team in Action

The All Girl Team in Action

 

Mei Jing, Samira and Mia in Deep Thought

Mei Jing, Samira and Mia in Deep Thought

 

Alex, Seth, Hop Hang and James of Team

Alex, Seth, Hop Hang and James of Team C

Jay, Ian and Joshua in top 3 after 13 rounds

March 24th, 2014

Last Saturday we played rounds 11, 12 and 13 in the Beginner/Intermediate group in Discovery Bay and after 13 rounds the top 3 have now accumulated over 200 points.

In round 11 Joshua had an important win over Ian who was leading the group until then and as Noah upset Wo Hang, who was in the top 3 then, through a solid checkmate Jay’s win over Koza was enough to put him on the top spot. Aleesha beat Roshan on time and Ritvik’s win against Saga pushed him up further without loss. Kian avoided stalemate and checkmated Christopher.

In round 12 Ian recovered strongly by winning against Koza, but as also Jay won against Wo Hang and Joshua beat Kian, the top 3 remained unchanged. Christopher beat Roshan and Saga won against Hop Hang while Noah stalemated and Ritvik in a very winning position.

Round 13 saw Jay, Joshua and Ian win again, against respectively Ritvik, Wo Hang and Koza and Aleesha and Saga scored their second win of the day against Hop Hang and Roshan. Noah lost against Kian in a very equal game.

 

Rank after 13 Rounds - 22 March 2014

Rank after 13 Rounds – 22 March 2014

 

 

Discovery College wins prizes at the 2014 Hong Kong inter-school

March 10th, 2014

The yearly inter-school tournament, like last year held at the ESF South Island School, attracted 20 schools which brought in 60 teams of 4 players in the Primary section on a gloomy and cloudy Sunday 9 March 2014. This seems to be a decent turn up somewhat less than in previous years, however, it is only a fraction of the 569 Primary Schools in Hong Kong and one might wonder why it is that only 240 students out of the 320,000 registered Primary school students could find their way to a national event which in various other countries can be counted among the most prestigious yearly school events around.

Nonetheless, our very own Discovery Bay’s Discovery College, one of the youngest schools around, participated for the third time, this year with 3 teams; almost all players Caissa members or students – of course!

Hopes were high this year because after a spot in the 40s 2 years ago, and in the 20s last year, the Discovery College team A with Richard Takasumi, Miguel Angel Garceran Wang and Mei Jing Garceran Wang had a line-up consisting of the champions of the ESF Schools in both Upper and Lower Primary, and together with Chor Wei Tang, who in recent tournaments consistently scored very well, a place in the top 10 should be within reach…

Team C

Team C unfortunately was incomplete due to sickness of our board 2 player. Koza on board 1 could not find his form but James and Saga did some points gathering for the team. Team C ended on the 59th place.

 

Interschool 2014 Results team C

Interschool 2014 Results team C

 

Team C: Saga, James, Koza

Team C: Saga, James, Koza

 

Team B

In Team B everybody scored some points and Suneh on board 1 did a good job carrying the burden of playing the strongest opponents each match. Kian on board 2 with 2 wins and Ashlin with 3.5 points on board 4 fought well for the team each match but a special contribution came from Justin who became top scorer of this team – in his first tournament ever. Good job!

 

Team B Scores

Team B Scores

 

Team B: Justin, Ashlin, Kian and Suneh

Team B: Justin, Ashlin, Kian and Suneh

 

Team A

Our Team A players were as experienced as any of the players in any of the title candidate teams. And the team was motivated and performed very well. Only in the last round, fighting for the top spot, Team A had to accept a loss against ISF Academy A, who became the the new inter-school champions – and congratulations to ISF.

As Koji Takasumi, who coached Team A for the day, said before the last round: we did all we can and we had maneuvered ourselves to be able to play for the Title – no matter the outcome of that last game. And indeed, compared to just 3 years ago we have come from afar and at Caissa we are very proud of our members who did their utmost best for their school – and still conquered a trophy, 6th Prize, for Discovery College.

Miguel Angel, with his monsterscore of 6.5 out of 7, also received the top scorer prize of all the Board 2 players.

Congratulations Miguel Angel and congrats Team A with your Prizes and congratulations to all players in all the 3 teams for the fighting spirit and sportsmanship they showed throughout the whole day.

 

Team A Results

Team A Results

 

Koji Pep-Talking Team A

Koji Pep-Talking Team A

 

6th Prize for Team A

6th Prize for Team A: Mei Jing, Richard, Miguel Angel and Chor Wei

 

Miguel Angel Top Scorer Board 2 Prize

Miguel Angel Top Scorer Board 2 Prize

And of course, Caissa also greets all the other players that play or train at Caissa, and all who haven’t done so yet, and who equally did their best defending their own school. Well done all of you!

All results can be found here.

Winter 2014 Finals – Edwin Borigas Champion Blitz

March 1st, 2014

After GM Hou Yifan finished her simul around 11.15am, the rest of the day the chess club was dedicated to the Winter 2014 Farewell Blitz Open.

The preambule to this event was the Standard Chess competition that was spread out over 7 weeks in the dark winter months of January and February.

The full capacity of 32 players was still further strecthed to accommodate 36 players: 18 players were U12, 11 players had a FIDE rating, we had 5 children join from Shenzhen and we were glad to see our adult friends from Shenzhen Umberto, Stuart, and Eugene, coming in again to play in our tournament.

Over 9 rounds the tournament ended on a high note for Edwin Borigas who, on tie-break against Daniel Lam (the winner of the Standard Chess competition) became the champion with 8 points. Eugene Livensky, the winner of our anniversary rapid tournament in July last year, ended 3rd with 7 points.

The number 2 in the Standard Chess competition, Joseph Wong, ended 4th with 6 points to claim the Best Unrated prize.

 

Edwin Borigas Champion Open Blitz

Edwin Borigas Champion Open Blitz

 

Prize Winners Adult Group

Clockwise: Daniel Lam Collects Champion Standard Chess and 2nd Prize Blitz, Joseph Best Unrated Player Prize and Eugene 3rd Prize

 

In the U12 category we proudly crown our own Caissa member Richard Takasumi to Champion again, on tie-break, followed closely by numbers 2 and 3, Ronald Choy (the Champion U12 in Standard Chess) and James Kwong, also with 5 points.

 

Richard Takasumi Champion Open Blitz U12

Richard Takasumi Champion Open Blitz U12

Ronald Choy Champion U12 Standard Chess and 2nd Prize Blitz U12

Ronald Choy Champion U12 Standard Chess and 2nd Prize Blitz U12

 

Thank you all for your competitive but Fair Play mindset. It made possible to have a smooth tournament, despite the crowdedness and mixture of players from 6 years old up – and we look forward to organize more.

 

Final Ranking Caissa Winter 2014 Blitz Open

Final Ranking Caissa Winter 2014 Blitz Open

 

Some more photo impressions:

 

Front to left: Arjun - James, Cyril - Billy, Eugene - Stuart

Front to Back: Arjun – James, Cyril – Billy, Eugene – Stuart

Front to back: Edwin – Stuart, Daniel – Yee Chit

Hoda in Deep Thought against his Young Opponent

Hoda in Deep Thought against his Young Opponent

Aravind in Deep Thought against yet another Young Opponent

Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan Visits Caissa for Simul

March 1st, 2014
Group Photo Simul Players and Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan visiting Caissa Chess Club Hong Kong

Group Photo Simul Players and Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan visiting Caissa Chess Club Hong Kong

 

Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan turned just 20 years old last week while in Hong Kong. What Yifan achieved in chess in just 20 years is exceptional and we were truly honored with her presence. We all, youngsters and adults alike, by seeing this friendly, modest and likeable chess prodigy in action, surely were given a boost of motivation to try to excel ourselves too in whatever we do.

In her game against 21 players Yifan won 20 games and a noteworthy results was achieved by Stuart Holt, the only player who managed to draw. Well done Stuart!

 

 

GM Hou Yifan Simul and Open Blitz Finals Saturday March 1: Full House!

February 25th, 2014

Saturday 1 March will be the busiest day in our club’s young history. In the morning from 9am to 10.30am we are honored with the visit of Women World Champion GM Hou Yifan who will play simultane chess against 20 players. Although the odds of beating Yifan are not that large it will definitely be a memorable event for all players – and in addition all will get a souvenir, of course.

Then at 11am, with just 30 minutes in between, we will move from the simul to our Winter 2014 Blitz Open. And at full club capacity of 32 players the list of participants is as follows (for the ones who wish to prepare …):

  • Rachel Lu
  • Jonathan Lee
  • Ronald Choy
  • Oliver Yau
  • Joseph Wong
  • Hugo Lee
  • Arjun Nathan
  • Hannay Ball
  • James Nichols
  • Miguel Angel Garceran Wang
  • Mei Jing Garceran Wang
  • Daniel Lam
  • James Wing Ki Kwong
  • Bosco Yau Kwun Hou
  • Billy Lo
  • Issac Fung
  • Aravind Mahadevan
  • Stuart Holt
  • Eugene Livensky
  • Umberto Dalpian
  • Yee Chit Wong
  • Andrew Ng
  • Raphael Chang
  • Richard Takasumi
  • Koji Takasumi
  • Cyril Anicete
  • Liu Shuaikai
  • Wang Yuanfeng
  • Bao Jinwen
  • Yin Hao
  • Chen Delang
  • Chen Yicong

Daniel Lam and Ronald Choy win Winter 2014 Standard chess Competition

February 24th, 2014

In the last round in the adult group Daniel pressured James position such that a collapse was just a matter of time. And when it came Daniel had secured first place with an impressive 4.5 points out of 5. His trophy is awaiting him on 1 March at the Open Winter Blitz.

Joseph won a piece in the middle game against Hannah and despite Hannah being able to get some pawns back, Joseph’s minor pieces majority constantly eyed the weaknesses around Hannah’s pawn majority which could not get enough traction for serious counter play.

 

Final Ranking

Final Ranking

 

In the youth group Ronald got his last point through a win by default as his opponent did not show up. Despite Rachel, after a long game against Arjun, also won her last game and ended with 6 points like Ronald, it is Ronald who by tie-break became champion and he can collect his trophy coming Saturday at the Open Winter Blitz finals. Also congratulations to Rachel for a good result.

Hugo called in sick and as Oliver had canceled earlier this seventh and last round had to be reshuffled so that both Mei Jing and Jonathan could play – against one another. And what a game it was. Mei Jing managed to win a piece early in the game with white but Jonathan gradually collected several pawns for this piece and in the endgame it was Mei Jing who had to try to hold a draw with her knight against 3 pawns. The game finally ended in a draw with two lonely kings on the board. Well done Jonathan and Mei Jing – that is fighting spirit we like to see.

Regis gave away several important squares to Miguel Angel which weakened the coordination of his pieces. Miguel Angel benefited well from this and gained material advantage enough for a calm win.

 

Final Ranking Youth Cross Table

Final Ranking Youth Cross Table

 

The Winter 2014 competition has herewith ended and we look forward to see many of these players back on Saturday 1 March when we will formally conclude the winter with an Open Blitz Finale.

Guangzhou East Lake Chess Academy Wins the Caissa CNY Cup

February 17th, 2014
Guangzhou wins the Caissa CNY Cup 2014

Guangzhou wins the Caissa CNY Cup 2014

 

In a busy and energetic match between 16 youth players from Hong Kong and Guangzhou our guests from Guangzhou scored 34 points and defeated the home team with 30 points.

 

Under 8

Our team in this age group consisted of our top 5 players in the U7 championship last year, including our national champion Aaditya who made his mark by scoring 4 wins out of 4 to receive the top scorer prize in the U8 group.

 

Under 8 Players - Aadithya's white queen looks very active ...

Under 8 Players – Aaditya’s white queen looks very active …

Staring Stand-off ...

Staring Stand-off …

 

Mei Jing also played a strong tournament winning 3 times and together with Harold’s 2 points and Steven’s win the Hong Kong team won the U8 age category prize with a score of 10 to 6.

Well done all!

 

U8 Caissa Hong Kong CNY Youth Chess Match against Each Lake

 

Under 10

In this age category both James and Rachel had won all their 4 games and in their decisive 5 minutes blitz it was James who won to collect the top scorer prize.

 

U10 Group - All eyes on Ronald's board ...

U10 Group – All eyes on Ronald’s board …

 

Ronald and Miguel Angel’s score of 3 and 1.5 points respectively resulted in our very strong line-up to gross 12.5 points out of 16 and to win this age group prize.

 

U10 Caissa Hong Kong CNY Youth Chess Match against Each Lake

 

Under 12

Despite some late minute changes, and thank you Mike for stepping in at only half a day’s notice, our line up was complete with 4 good players with solid experience. However, the Guangzhou team had also brought in 4 of their best and today our boys just could not find the right rhythm.

 

U12 Group in action

U12 Group in action

 

The age group prize went to the Gangzhou team and the individual top scorer prize went to Zheng Jia Tong after he won a decisive blitz match against his team mate Zhu Qin Zhou who had also scored 4 wins.

 

U12 Caissa Hong Kong CNY Youth Chess Match against Each Lake

 

Under 14-16

The players in this age group remained very close the entire match and most of the wins were decided in the last minutes of the game, hence, the time control factor was significant.

 

U14-16 Group serious and focussed

U14-16 Group serious and focussed

Benjamin in Thought

Benjamin in Thought

 

Yee Chit with 3 points was our team’s top scorer. Raphael, probably the youngest in this age group, scored a solid 2 points and Benjamin won his last game solidly having avoided the time control pressure that in the previous games were a major factor in the outcome. Melvin, this time, couldn’t find a winning chance.

The age group prize went to Guangzhou as did the individual top scorer prize that went to Xie Tan who scored the full 4 points.

 

U14-16 Caissa Hong Kong CNY Youth Chess Match against Each Lake

 

Congratulations to our friends from East Lake Guangzhou and we look forward to the return match.

 

Guangzhou Happy Winners

Guangzhou Happy Winners

Hong Kong team U14-16 (left to right):  Raphael, Melvin, Benjamin and Yee Chit

Hong Kong team U14-16 (left to right): Raphael, Melvin, Benjamin and Yee Chit

Under 14-16 Age Group Winners Guangzhou Team

Under 14-16 Age Group Winners Guangzhou Team

U12 Team (left to right): Arjun, Oliver and Ernest (missing Mike)

U12 Team (left to right): Arjun, Oliver and Ernest (missing Mike)

U12 Age Group Winners Guangzhou Team

U12 Age Group Winners Guangzhou Team

Under 10 Age group Winners Hong Kong team (left to right): Miguel Angel (James, rachel and Ronald

Under 10 Age group Winners Hong Kong team (left to right): Miguel Angel, James, Rachel and Ronald

Under 10 Guangzhou Team

Under 10 Guangzhou Team

Under 8 Guangzhou Team

Under 8 Guangzhou Team

Winter Competition: Daniel Lam and Miguel Angel Garceran Wang Lead

February 14th, 2014

Adult Group

After 4 rounds in the Winter Competition we see that, despite a draw against David, Daniel has taken a solid lead. Next week, in the last round only James can in theory stop Daniel. It looks like potentially we can have 3 players end with 3.5 points and it will be exciting until the end.

Joseph played an attractive attacking game against the French set-up chosen by James. Joseph put constant pressure across his opened h-file as well as in the center according to the principle of attacking two weaknesses at the same time. However, James defended tediously and consuming almost all his time, but some 3 minutes, agreed to a draw with so little time when Joseph blundered a piece.

Hannah and David played a balanced game in which Hannah’s white rooks controlled the d-file but David’s black pawns had occupied attractive territory on the queen side where the white king had castled. Avoiding tactics of check mates in the middle of the board the game ended in a draw as well, which was, given the cold temperature in the venue, not a bad idea.

 

Round 4 Rank Adult Winter Competition 2014

 

Youth U12 Group

By defeating his sister Mei Jing, Miguel Angel tops the rank now after Ronald and Rachel drew against each other.

Jonathan with black counter-pinned Oliver’s pin such that after the dust of various exchanges was settled he was a piece up and could win the game. Regis won heavy material in the early stage of the game and did not make a mistake on the road to collecting his first point against Hugo.

 

standing after r4

Hong Kong Team Ready to meet Guangzhou Team at Caissa on Saturday

February 9th, 2014

Caissa Hong Kong - East Lake Guangzhou

 

In an earlier preview we announced the traditional-around-Chinese-New-Year match between Hong Kong youth and Guangzhou youth to take place on Saturday 15 February. We are glad to organize this at our Sheung Wan chess club location and we look forward to the match

The confirmed Hong Kong team is as follows:

Under 8 (after 1 January 2006)

  • Harold Kwong
  • Mei Jing Garceran Wang
  • Steven Chun Shing Kong
  • Aaditya Kadam

Under 10 (after 1 January 2004)

  • Miguel Angel Garceran Wang
  • James Kwong
  • Ronald Choy
  • Rachel Lu

Under 12 (after 1 January 2002)

  • Richard Takasumi
  • Pak Shing Ernest Cheung
  • Oliver Yau
  • Nathan Arjun

Under 14-16 (after 1 January 1998)

  • Raphael Chang
  • Benjamin Oh
  • Melvin Cheung
  • Yee Chit Wong

Good luck all!

CAISSA Chess Club Hong Kong

Discovery Bay & Hong Kong Island