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Alberto Muniz Champion Caissa Discovery Bay 3rd Open Blitz

July 13th, 2014

It was already our 3rd edition of the Discovery Bay Open Blitz last Saturday and despite the traditionally quiet summer period we were glad to welcome 37 players to our event which was different from previous years, and in many ways more demanding.

We started off with qualifiers of 10 minutes per person games, 7 rounds of Swiss. And whereas this is when many a tournament is concluded, we played another 7 rounds of 5 minutes per person in the round robin group finals.

In the qualifier rounds the 1st DB open Champion, Cyril Anicete, proved to be top of the pack again with Daniel Lam, Hong Kong’s highest rated player and our recent number 2 in the Caissa Winter Blitz on 1 March 2014 – both scoring 6 points.

Alberto Muniz, 2014 Champion of Hong Kong Chess Federation players, had also qualified for the Champion Group with 5 points and this group was completed to 8 persons with the 5 points scoring Caissa youth members Melvin Cheung and James Kwong and youngsters Raphael Chang (4.5 points) and Ernest Cheung (5.5 points!) together with our visiting guest Chiu Liang (4.5 points) from Shenzhen Chess Club.

 

Bring it on Mister!

Bring it on Mister!

Ray solved the puzzle so he could cut part off the cake - Arjun thinking ...

Ray solved the puzzle so he could cut part off the cake – Arjun thinking …

Jean-Sebastirn with black against

Discovery Bay Resident Jean-Sebastien with black against Zhi Yan from Shenzhen

Caissa's Samira and Richard facing Daniel and Cyril respectively

Caissa’s Youth Members Samira and Richard facing Daniel and Cyril Respectively

Final Ranking after 7 Rounds

Final Ranking after 7 Rounds

 

The Round Robin Finals Groups were determined by adding numbers 1-8 in the Champion Group, numbers 9-16 in Group B, numbers 17-24 in Group C and so forth. This way everybody had a good chance to compete for a prize against opponents of more or less equal scores in the qualifiers.

In Group E, Toby, our newest Caissa member, won 5 of his 6 games showing he clearly prefers the speed of 5 minutes games – well done! Ip, in his first tournament, had lost some games due to unfamiliarity with some of the Blitz rules but he showed he is a worthy first-time-tournament player claiming 2nd place with 4 points.

 

Group E in Action

Group E in Action

Ip, 2nd place Group E

Ip, 2nd place Group E

 

Toby 1st Prize Group E

Toby 1st Prize Group E

 

Group D saw our unleashed Caissa member Teddy score 100% in this 5 minutes games version of blitz – good job! Lan, our visiting player from Shenzhen got 2nd prize with 5 points, and as such did a good job as well by staying ahead of our Caissa youth players Samira, Mei Jing, Harold and Wo Hang and another strong youngster, Bosco.

 

Lan wins 2nd Prize in Group D

Lan wins 2nd Prize in Group D

Teddy Wins 1st Prize in Group D

Teddy Wins 1st Prize in Group D

 

In Group C Umberto and Zhi Yan both scored 4.5 points but because Zhi Yan had won against Umberto she won 2nd prize on tie-break. Well done Zhi Yan and perhaps next time it is your turn Umberto – thanks for already having visited our tournaments since our 1st Blitz!

The winner of Group C though was our very own Caissa member James Nichols, only conceding 2 draws. Congrats!

 

Umberto in Action against Lan Lan

Umberto in Action against Lan Lan

Zhi Yan 2nd Prize Group C

Zhi Yan 2nd Prize Group C

James wins 1st Prize i Group C ... and always in for a joke!

James wins 1st Prize in Group C … and always in for a joke!

 

In Group B we had a few players who just missed the Champion Group by maximum half a point or so – and they were ready for some kind of revenge … Caissa’s Miguel Angel scored 5.5 points in this strong field to win 2nd prize and Nicole, the new-in-town Woman FIDE Master, secured 1st Prize with an impressive 6 points in this strong group.

 

Group B in Action

Group B in Action

Miguel Angel Wins 2nd Prize

Miguel Angel Wins 2nd Prize

Nicole wins 1st Prize Group B

Nicole wins 1st Prize Group B

 

In the Champion Group Caissa’s 9 year old James Kwong did very well by scoring 3.5 points amidst the titans of Hong Kong chess, as did Caissa’s youngster Melvin who played an extraordinary strong tournament and scored 3 points in this group.

However, the strength and experience of Hong Kong’s top players Daniel and Alberto was too overwhelming. Daniel scored 5.5 points to confidently secure 2nd Prize, one full point ahead of the best ranked player in the qualifiers, Cyril. But the strongest player in the 5 minutes blitz was the undisputed champion with 7 straight wins, Alberto Muniz.

 

Champion Group in Action

Champion Group in Action

 

Daniel 2nd Prize Champion Group

Daniel 2nd Prize Champion Group

Alberto Discovery Bay Open Blitz Champion 2014

Alberto Discovery Bay Open Blitz Champion 2014

 

All in all, it was a great day of chess in Discovery Bay, and to the people who played or watched 14 games of hard fought chess battles, it must have gone unnoticed this is actually a sleepy town where a golf cart is about the maximum excitement you can get.

And for Caissa, we are proud to have 4 prize winners among the 10 prize winners of the day. And to both our Caissa members and other players who did not win a prize this time – keep on practicing and hope to see you all in our coming Autumn chess tournaments of Standard and Rapid Chess: registration is open!

 

Round Robin Finals All Results

Round Robin Finals All Results

 

Click for more photos on 12 July 2014 – Dicovery Bay 3rd Open Blitz Album on Flickr.

Players list of the 3rd Open Discovery Bay Blitz

July 9th, 2014

Despite the holiday season and lots of people out of town, we do have an interesting crowd joining us on Saturday to play in the 3rd DB Open Blitz tournament.

Some notable facts about the list is that it includes Hong Kong’s currently highest rated active player and Hong Kong’s 2014 champion (HKG Federation) as well as a Woman Fide Master, numbers 2 and 3 of 2013 U10 Championship, Dutch Open Champion U8 2013, the champion of our 1st DB Blitz Open, the highest rated player is a woman … in all, a great mix of players for an exciting tournament.

 

First  Last FIDE Rating
1 Adrian Leung
2 Daniel Lam 2114
3 Tommy Yau Kwun Hou
4 Bosco Yau Kwun Hou
5 Toby Mak
6 Melvin Cheung
7 Umberto Dalpian
8 James Nichols
9 Jean-Sebastien Bret 1572
10 Cyril Anicete
11 Ernest Cheung
12 Ray Leung
13 Miguel Angel Garceran Wang
14 Mei Jing Garceran Wang
15 Alberto Muniz 2106
16 Jing Wang
17 Richard Takasumi
18 Koji Takasumi
20 James Kwong 1554
21 Harold Kwong
22 Arjun Nathan
23 Teddy Yang
24 Wo Hang Hui
25 Samira Salwan
26 Nicole Tsoi 1787
27 黄智妍 Huang zhi yan 2122
28 孔垂亮 Kong chui liang
29 饶兰 Rao lan
30 陈木畅 Chen mu chang
31 曾厚德 Zeng hou de
32 涂蓝蓝 Tu lan lan
33 谢礼豪 Xie li hao
34 孙浩宸 Sun hao chen

 

Fu Hao Chess Club from Jianxi Province and Caissa Hong Kong Share Prizes

July 7th, 2014

On Saturday 5 July Mr. Mao, the coach of a group of 24 youth players from Fu Hao Chess Club in Nan Chang, Jianxi province, maneuvered his players to our Discovery Bay chess club for a friendly match over 6 rounds against 24 of our Caissa team players.

 

The Teams of Fu Hao and Caissa on the Stairs in North Plaza Discovery Bay

The Teams of Fu Hao and Caissa on the Stairs in North Plaza Discovery Bay

 

Before the players worked through the full 6 rounds they first exchanged their favorite book with their opponent before round 1 – a gesture to underline the friendly and Youth Exchange character of the match.
Then … some 50 chess hungry children were set loose and with the uncompromising energy of young minds the pieces dazzled over the boards towards ecstatic wins, dramatic losses, beautiful miniatures, unexpected stalemates and other memorable turns of events.

When the dust settled after 6 rounds, Fu Hao Team D had scored 21 points versus 14 points by Caissa and as such the Team Prize went to Fu Hao. Big thanks to Sydney Lai, from Aktive Kids, who brought in a few of the youngest and freshest players into our team to savor the taste of an International Match so early in their career. Sydney’s help in controlling this super creative group was instrumental to the steady proceedings in this group.

 

Group D in Action

Teams D in Action

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Teams D Ready for Action

 

The best scoring and undefeated Caissa player, Charles, on his first tournament scored 4.5 points. But the two top scorer players were from Fu Hao, Ye Ya Rong and Chen Yan Yang, with 5 points. Yan Yang could finally collect the Top Scorer Prize in this group on tie-break, having more wins than Ya Rong. Congratulations!

 

Chen Yan Yang Top Scoerer Group D

Chen Yan Yang Top Scorer Group D

Fu Hao Winning Team Group D

Fu Hao Winning Team Group D

Group D Caissa Team

Group D Caissa Team

 

In Group C Caissa’s Ray was top scorer until he lost in the last round and saw his 4 points to be insufficient to hold Ma Yan Wu from becoming top scorer with 5 points and together with his team mates win the Team Prize with 18 points versus 13 points of Hong Kong. Congratulations to Fu Hao prize winners and big bravo to our Caissa players who stayed focused the entire match.

 

Teams C in Action

Teams C in Action

Top Scorer Team C

Fu Hao’s Ma Yan Wu Top Scorer Team C

Fu Hao Winning Team C

Fu Hao Winning Team C

Team C Caissa

Team C Caissa

 

Team B consisted of some of Hong Kong’s best players in their age group. In total 4 players ended with 5 points as top scorer: Thomas, Harold, Samira and Deng Chun Wen from Fu Hao. Samira won the Top Scorer prize on tie-break and together with her team mates also won the Team Prize with 22.5 points versus 13.5 points scored by Fu Hao Team. Well done all!

 

Team B in Action

Team B in Action

Samira Top Scorer Team B

Samira Top Scorer Team B

Caissa Winning Team B

Caissa Winning Team B

Fu Hao Team B

Fu Hao Team B

 

Caissa’s Team A, finally, was populated with some of Hong Kong’s finest players among whom James put on the most impressive show of the day by winning all his 6 games, closely followed by Richard scoring 5.5 points. With the solid scores of the other team mates the Caissa team won the Team Prize with an overwhelming 24 points versus 12 points for Fu Hao. Good job boys!

 

Lunch "Break" at Team A Table

Lunch “Break” at Team A Table

Team A in Starting Position

Team A in Starting Position

James Top Scorer team A with 6 out of 6! Best result of the day.

James Top Scorer team A with 6 out of 6! Best result of the day.

Caissa Winning Team A

Caissa Winning Team A

 

A warm thanks to Mr. Mao for bringing in his players and enabling all 50 children to have a great time – and thanks for the introduction behind the scenes Allen and Grace!

All individual results are here:

Team A

Team A

Team B

Team B

Team C

Team C

TEAM D

TEAM D

 

On Sunday morning the Fu Hao team visisted the Caissa Sheung Wan club venue for a short training in whihc we explored teh Dutch opening and the Scheveningen variation of the Sicilian opening.

An impression of the event through photos can be found on our Album Fu Hao Chess Club from Nan Chang Visits Sheung Wan for Training.

Miguel Angel ends 2nd in the Dutch Closed Youth Championship U9

June 21st, 2014

The Dutch National closed championship U7, U8 and U9 (Nationale Pupillendag) is like the grande finale of Dutch youth chess in which only players are invited to participate who were qualified by winning or ending in the top 3 of their respective regional chess associations. One of Caissa’s star players, Miguel Angel, was qualified to participate in the U9 category when he became the National Open Champion U8 in 2013.

 

Miguel Angel Garceran Wang in Dutch National Chess Championship 2014 with proud father and trainer

 

Among the best of the best U9 players in Holland, Miguel Angel played a strong tournament ending with 6 out of 7 on the second place. An interesting game showing Miguel Angel’s attacking spirit, although not always 100 percent precise, is here below where Miguel Angel doesn’t take a free rook, nor the queen but nestles his white queen on d7 for the checkmate. Cool …

 

 

The tournament was perfectly well organized with lots of space for parents and guests to sit and wait, eat, talk and have a good cup of coffee while the children played their games in a comfortable and spacious setting.

Anish Giri, currently the strongest Dutch player, ranked 14 in the world (rating 2752), and given his age of only 20 years old likely a serious contender to Magnus Carlsen’s world title any time soon, had come over as a special guest at the end of the tournament to hand out the prizes. Good motivation for all players who know that Giri was only 14 years old when he turned Grandmaster. Go boys and girls – it can be done!

 

Anish Giri, top 15 Grandmaster in the world and the best Dutch chess player handed out the prizes.

Anish Giri, top Grandmaster in the world and the best Dutch chess player at the moment, handed out the prizes.

 

Anish Giri with all prize winners

All prize winners – tired but happy!

 

Caissa and Discovery Bay College win trophies in AK 5th Scholastic

June 15th, 2014

On 14 June over 110 youth players made their way to Bradbury School to participate in the Active Kids yearly scholastic. We recommend AK tournaments: well balancing both being relaxed and well organized. The recommendation we passed on to all our members/students and as such a group of 17 Caissa members/students went up the mountains behind Happy Valley to compete for both individual and school prizes (adding up points of the top 3 players of a school in an age category).

 

Joshua warms up with Wo Hang

Joshua warms up with Wo Hang while Jay watches and in the background Thomas and Louis do their warming up

James, Lucas, Wo Hang, Miguel Angel and Ritvik have other ideas about warming up ...

James, Lucas, Wo Hang, Miguel Angel and Ritvik have other ideas about warming up …

 

Our Caissa crew defended the honor of following schools:

  • Discovery College: Richard, Miguel Angel, Mei Jing, Saga and James
  • Quarry Bay School: Thomas, Howard and Louis
  • Bradbury: Samira and Jay
  • KJS: Pak Liu
  • Swiss German: Ritvik
  • DBIS: Joshua
  • St. Stephens: Ray
  • Kiangsu & Chekiang Primary: Wo Hang
  • French International: Lucas

In the Secondary Age Group, Lucas played his very first tournament and as a Secondary 1 player he found himself in tough competition from older students. Having gotten used a little bit to tournament play, Lucas played stronger towards the end and scored a win against a tough opponent. This was a good experience and the way Lucas has progressed at the club hints towards much more to expect from him in the near future.

 

Lucas is ready to start - let's shake hands!

Lucas is ready to start – let’s shake hands!

Cross Table Final Ranking Secondary

Cross Table Final Ranking Secondary

 

In the P5-P6 Age Group our club’s top seed Richard exceptionally had to concede two losses which pushed him just out of the prize zone. Of course that can happen to the very best – but Richie will be back!

Ray’s fast progress through Step 2 and (about to finish) Step 3 in less than 6 months translated into a solid 3 points in this strong field – perhaps a loss here and there could have been avoided too and we will work on that surely.

Jay, who hadn’t played a tournament for a long while, scored 2 points and his schoolmate Samira couldn’t find her rythm today – it happens to all of us. Great effort and no worries!

 

By the way: despite the late deliveray of McDonalds, lunch at the Caissa table was enjoyed in a nicely shaded area.

Despite the late deliveray of McDonalds, lunch at the Caissa table was enjoyed in a nicely shaded area.

 

Joshua, also at his first tournament, had 2 points among which a good win in the last round. Again, the “experience points” are what count on your first tournament, nothing else. We welcome Joshua to the world of tournament players and let’s gradually improve.

 

Cross Table Final Ranking P5-P6

Cross Table Final Ranking P5-P6

 

In the P3-P4 Age Group the club had the biggest representation.

Saga had an off-day, but still her 1.5 points mattered a lot. Together with the points of Mei Jing and Miguel Angel, the three of them managed to win the 3rd Prize for Discovery College in this age category. As there was another 3rd Prize winner they will receive their trophy soonest to put in the Discovery College trophy corner. Well done!

Thomas scored 2.5 points and Howard scored 3 points. The boys did their very best and it is somewhat unfortunate that these fine results yet still conceal their true strength – by the way they are progressing at the club we look forward to see more of their full potential unleashed in their next appearances!

Pak scored well over 50% with 3.5 points and Meijing with 4 points (winning the prize for Best Girl in P3-P4: congrats!), and even more so Wo Hang on his first tournament scoring 4 points as well, can all be proud of these results.

 

Mei Jing is ready and Pak makes sure he takes another sip of water.

Mei Jing is ready and Pak makes sure he takes another sip of water.

 

Miguel Angel, the club’s top seed in this age category, despite having slept little watching, and enjoying, his Dutch team trash the Spanish with 5-1 in the World Cup Football 2014 at 3am earlier in the morning, did good business and became Champion of P3-P4 by only allowing 1 (perpetual check) draw.

 

The top 4 players, Miguel Angel, vs. Adrian and Sabrina vs. Ben, in the last round.

The top 4 players, Miguel Angel, vs. Adrian and Sabrina vs. Ben, in the last round.

Cros Table Final Ranking P3-P4

Cros Table Final Ranking P3-P4

 

In the P1-P2 Age Category we had 3 players giving it their all. Louis, likely the youngest player in this group, managed to get 2.5 points and James scored 3 points. Well done boys.

Ritvik with 4 points, losing only to the numbers 2 and 3, did great heavy lifting and we expect a further break through any moment soon based on his solid performance during the lessons.

 

James, Louis and Ritvik getting reasdy in their won ways ...

James, Louis and Ritvik getting ready in their own ways …

Cross Table Final Ranking P1-P2

Cross Table Final Ranking P1-P2

 

Finally, a big thank you to AK for allowing us to still register players at late notice. That is the spirit – let the children play and enjoy!

 

Miguel Angel, Meijing, Samira and Saga leaving Bradbury School. Another trophy still to be received for Discovery College by courtesy of Miguel Angel, Mei Jing and Saga!

Miguel Angel, Mei Jing, Samira and Saga leaving Bradbury School. Another trophy still to be received for Discovery College by courtesy of Miguel Angel, Mei Jing and Saga!

 

Fu Hao Chess Club from Mainland Nan Chang to visit Caissa in Discovery Bay for Youth Match on 5 July

June 11th, 2014
Nanchang_Prefecture_within_Jiangxi_(China)

Nan Chang Prefecture is part of China’s southern Jiangxi province

After having played somewhat regularly against youth teams from Macao and Guangzhou, we will now receive 23 youth players from Nan Chang, Mainland China.

All players are under 12 and most players are around the age of 8 years old – but this time we do not divide the players in teams of age groups.

Instead, we will be dividing the players in teams based on their level estimated according to the Step Method as used at our club.

To underline the friendly dimension of the match players are asked to bring their favorite book and exchange that with their opponent as a personal souvenir.

This is a club against club event and the Hong Kong players are selected from Caissa members/students but we do invite some other guest players to join our team. If you are  not our member/student but are interested, let us know before 21 June at: [email protected]

 

invitation nan chang match july 2014

Joshua and Ian lead Intermediate Group and Wo Hang and Seth lead Beginners Group

May 26th, 2014

After 26 rounds, and with the last competition day on 28 June closing near, we slowly see the contours of the end ranking and potential prize winners. Note that we have 2 prizes (trophies) for the Intermediate group: both are allowed to go to the Advanced group next season. In the Beginners group we have 3 trophies and all 3 winners will enter the Intermediate Group.

 

Lucas and Suneh watch how the Bryant seems to be faring well again Mei Jing with Wilson vs. Jing Miguel Angel vs. James in the background studied by standing Koji.

Lucas and Suneh watch how Bryant seems to be faring well again Mei Jing with Wilson vs. Jing and Miguel Angel vs. James in the background studied by standing Koji.

 

With Ian’s and Jay’s absence in the Intermediate group Joshua overtook Ian and Lucas pushed himself up into the top by beating two of the highest ranked players.

Despite being absent in the Beginners group, Wo Hang remains ahead of both Seth and both Alexes but the gap is closing …

 

Rank after 26 Rounds

Rank after 26 Rounds

Ian consolidates top spot position

May 10th, 2014

On the 5th consecutive day of rain, thunderstorms and ligthing our 10 May club meeting started with discussing rooks – a thundering white rook that had penetrated onto the 7th rank versus the black rook miserably protecting its b-pawn from b8.

 

Discussing the Relative Value of Rooks

Discussing the Relative Value of Rooks

 

Warming up before Round 19

In the middle Suneh watches Ian warm up with Chor Wei up before Round 19

 

Maximilien with White against Joshua

Maximilien warming up with white against Joshua – on the second board we see creative play with the black queen from Alex M against Saga …

 

In round 19 Joshua did good business to walk into a stalemate against Ian and Jay scored an important win against Suneh. Seth managed to play out his advantage on the board against Roshan before his time was up and as such Seth climbed further up, meeting the player in top form, Ian, in round 20. Ian won this game.

 

Round 19 Results

Round 19 Results

 

Round 20 Results

Round 20 Results

 

Jay beat Kian and Joshua beat Maximilien in round 20 which resulted in Wo Hang, who was absent in the last 2 rounds, moving to 4th place. It is not clear who can stop Ian from becoming champion but the race is still full on for the 2nd and 3rd place.

 

Ranking after 17 Rounds

Ranking after 20 Rounds

Dutch Open Youth: ONJK 2014

May 5th, 2014

Last year’s participation of Caissa’s Miguel Angel and Mei Jing in the Dutch Open Youth (ONJK) was memorable. First, Miguel Angel became Open Dutch Champion U8 with 9 out of 11 and brought this prestigious title home to Hong Kong!

But second, and from various angles more importantly, we were glad to have participated in a tournament organised in a proper child friendly way. It is clear that Holland, a country small by population and area, but with over 30 Grand Masters and number 6 in the last chess Olympiad (just behind three former Soviet powerhouses, China and the USA) knows how to make and keep children fond of playing chess.

The 2014 (and 40th!) edition will be held from 4-9 August. No plans for the summer yet? From Caissa we will be going with a few players. Hong Kong youth interested to go to a small typical Dutch town and play in a magnificent chess event, drop us a note ([email protected]) for more information about how we can coordinate this further – or visit the ONJK site directly for further information.

 

ONJK2014_Flyer_Engels

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