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Round 5 Saturday Internal Competition Discovery Bay

September 14th, 2014

Hectic times last Saturday at Discovery Bay when we played rounds 4 and 5 in the competition with all tables fully occupied.

In the Beginners/Intermediate group  Suneh, Wo Hang and Ritvik consolidated their top spots with Noah following closely. Jay won both his first games in the competition and being the only player with 100% score so far he is surely moving upwards too.

 

RankingR5DBbeg

Beginners/Intermediate Group

 

In the Advanced group various players played their first games. Brothers James K and Harold for example, who had a good day against Mei Jing who lost both her games against them.

Teddy also played his first games against against James K and Harold and managed to win from Harold but lost against James K.

Koji kept on playing strong and beat Samira and as Miguel Angel and Richard also won, against Bryant and Joshua respectively, the top 4 has broken loose a bit, but with Koji strongly in the lead.

 

Advanced Group

Advanced Group

Autumn Open Round 2: Only Joseph and Henry at 100 percent

September 13th, 2014

Last Friday, compared to last week when half of the players were in Singapore, we had full house and with the lucky odd number of 13 participants it was David who got a BYE.

Michel played with black against Ray who, despite an unfortunate trade order which cost him a pawn, played an excellent game but the pawn was enough for Michel to pressure the game into a win.

 

Michel in deep thoughts

Michel in Deep Thoughts

 

James played with white against Long You who after over a decade of chess hibernation is picking it up again – starting at our tournament. Long won a pawn on the h- file but found himself after that in a difficult position to deal adequately with James’ active pieces.

With all heavy pieces behind a long and closed pawn chain Richard and Melvin ended their game in a draw – it seemed not easy to break through without weakening the own structure.

 

Richard and Melvin moving towards - backgroud James against Long

Richard and Melvin moving towards draw with contours of a long pawn chain – backgroud James against Long

 

Henry played a solid game against young Toby whose slight inaccuracy resulted in a short route towards win for Henry.

Close to the tabiya of an Old Indian set-up, Miguel Angel with black played a5 against Koji at the wrong moment. As a consequence, white’s bishop on d3 increased  in power, eyeing the weak b6 square, such that black was quickly running out of good moves and towards a loss.

Perhaps the highlight match of evening was Joseph against Hannah. French expert Hannah could this time not hold Joseph and through Joseph’s win both he and Henry lead with 2 points now. They will meet each other next week.

 

Joseph pushes his white pieces into Hannah's queen side - background Henry against Toby

Joseph trying to control his queenside to meet Hannah’s adventurous black queen – background Henry against Toby

 

Rank after 2 Rounds

Rank after 2 Rounds

Autumn YGP Round 2 and Autumn Open Round 1

September 10th, 2014

Autumn Open

Because of the tournament in Singapore in which Caissa participated with several teams, round 1 last Friday of the Autumn Open only had 3 games going with BYEs from James, Richard, Koji, Hannah and David.

The game between the two youth players Toby and Ray ended with a win for Toby. Melvin, another youth, lost with white against Henry and Joseph, number 2 in the winter competition earlier this year beat Michel who, perhaps still a little bit jet lagged, blundered a rook.

An interesting game in the next round will definitely be between Joseph and Hannah who in the last winter competition had an intense and explosive game.

 

ank after R1 Caissa Atumn Open 2014

Rank after R1 Caissa Atumn Open 2014

Pairing R2 Caissa Atumn Open 2014

Pairing R2 Caissa Atumn Open 2014

 

Autumn YGP1

Also in this group last Sunday we had 5 BYEs from Richard, James, Miguel Angel, Harold and Mei Jing who were playing for Caissa in Singapore.

Nonetheless we had some interesting results.

On board 1 Benjamin scored a win against Andy who in the previous round had beaten Richard, one of Caissa’s best youth. And on board 2 Sabrina continued her winning streak against Steven who had managed to beat Marco in the previous round.

Samach, who had a BYE last week drew against Oliver on board 3 and on board 4 Ronald was back winning against Teddy after his last week loss against Benjamin.

On board 5 Marco made no mistake this time and scored a point against Toby while on board 6 the advantage in the game moved back and forth between Thomas and Samuel, finally ending with a win for Samuel.

On board 7 Ray played a solid Philidor against Rachel but a small miscalculation resulted in material loss and a point for Rachel.

Louis had a BYE.

the new pairing will be announced every Thursday with Wednesday the cut-off to request a BYE (only 2 BYEs allowed in first 4 rounds).

 

Rank after R2 Caissa Atumn YGP1 2014

Rank after R2 Caissa Atumn YGP1 2014

Caissa Youth Teams Strong in Singapore Seragoon Team Tournament

September 9th, 2014

Over the weekend 10 chess players from Caissa went to Singapore on a mission to bring back some souvenirs/silverware from the 2014 Serangoon Inter Team Championships.

 

The Players

Our 10 Players – James and Miguel holding their 1st Place Cup

 

Saturday 6 September

With 3 teams of 2 players participating in the Open category and 2 teams of 2 players in the U10 (born 2004 or later) category we surely brightened up the venue with our white t-shirts – and some decent chess.

 

Caissa players analysis and warming up between rounds

Caissa players analysis and warming up between rounds

 

Under 10 Team A, James and Miguel Angel, were ahead of the pack the whole day and having conceded only 1.5 points, they ended 1st place with 10.5 points, 2 points loose from number 2 after 7 rounds. Team B, Harold and Mei Jing, showed some great chess too and won 3rd prize: 2 of our teams in the top 3 – great!

 

Harold and Mei Jing win 3rd Prize Medals

James and MIguel Angel Win 1st Prize U10

James and MIguel Angel Win 1st Prize U10

 

Caissa Open Team A, Koji started very strong with 3.5 points out if 4. With another win in the last round and Richard’s 3 points the 7.5 points was enough to secure 5th place out of 16 teams – and to get the prize of best family team!

Team B, started off well for Hannah and James scoring a combined 3.5 points out of 4 games but from round 3 they found tough resistance from playing the strongest teams and with a total of 6.5 points Team B ended 9th.

 

Hannah and James - thumbs up!

Hannah and James – thumbs up!

 

In Team C, Jing, playing her first tournament, won a crucial game against Caissa Team B and as such maintained Team C’s unbeaten status status when David had to accept his only loss of the day against Hannah. Team C ended 7th.

 

Sunday 7 September

Because Hannah and Jing wouldn’t play in the 4 player team event we had only one team in the Open category and one in the U10.

Our U10 kids played some great chess but the 2-2 against local team Attax turned out, after the final round, to be fatal staying 0.5 board points short of 1st Prize – of course, 2nd place is a good result too!

 

Caissa U10 team members gather with interest  around Mei Jing's board after winning her game.

Caissa U10 team members gather with interest around Mei Jing’s board after winning her game.

 

U10 Team ends 2nd in 4 Player tournament

U10 Team ends 2nd in 4 Player tournament

 

Our Caissa team in the Open category, despite a 3.5-0.5 win in the first round, had a strange day, missing out check mate in 1 and then losing on time, a mobile phone that went off and losing a point … and just several weak games here and there across all boards resulted in a performance significantly lower than the potential of the team.

 

Team A in action in round 1 - the only round resulting in a win ...

Team A in action in round 1 – the only round resulting in a win …

 

Those things happen sometimes – and as Allen, James and Harold’s dad, said: just enjoy the process. That should include food too…

 

Lunch Time

Lunch Time

 

See here all results.

And here the photo album.

Youth Grand Prix 1 Autumn – Thundering Start

September 1st, 2014

A thunderstorm embracing the afternoon in which we kicked off the Youth Grand Prix 1 heralded what was to happen on the boards that evening. Of 19 participants, and as such a pool of 95 points to be distributed over the top 5 players at the end of this YGP1, 18 players rumbled their chess pieces around in search for chess glory.

We were honored that Mr. Jackson Li, President of the Hong Kong Chess Federation, paid us a visit and at the opening of the tournament spoke encouraging words to the youth players to do their best and enjoy their games. And that is what happened.

 

HKCF President Mr. Jackson Li talking to the players at the opening

HKCF President Mr. Jackson Li addressing the players at the opening

 

On board 1 Caissa member Richard played a solid game against Andy Au but with a pawn or two up he missed Andy’s sacrifice tactic which led to a checkmate.

Ronald and Benjamin faced each other in a tough game where Benjamin was able to push his black pieces far enough up to pressure a win.

 

Ronald with white against Benjamin coming closer with his black pieces

Ronald with white against Benjamin coming closer with his centralized queen

 

Caissa members Sabrina and Louis had a short game as Sabrina could translate her years long exprience onto the board against talented but just recently started Louis.

Steven and Marco had an equal position until the end of the middle game when Steven managed to checkmate Marco’s black castled king with his queen on h7 when Marco in an attacking move of his own seemed to had forgotten the white knight on g5 supporting the white queen going to h7.

Caissa members Mei Jing and Teddy went into a double rook end game with lots of pawns but as it was Teddy who managed to put his rooks on the second rank first there was no stopping him trapping Mei Jing’s white king on the back rank while taking enough pawns to force a win.

Caissa members Miguel Angel and Thomas faced each other in an equal game until Thomas lost his queen. Thomas, also among the least experienced in this field, will surely grow into the tournament as we proceed.

Rachel and Caissa member James played the longest and perhaps toughest game of the evening. In an end game with 5 pawns and a few pieces each it was James who maneuvered a little more precise enough to win the game.

Caissa member Toby with black faced an adventurous Oliver who early in the game created some opportunities to breach the black position enough to gain substantial material advantage and finally the game.

 

Toby thinking about his next move against Oliver

Toby thinking about his next move against Oliver

 

Caissa members Harold and Ray had a somewhat wild game in which Ray’s overwhelming style was just not enough to breach Harold’s black set-up.

Samach got a point through BYE because of an odd number of players. Next week he will play for sure.

 

Ranking after Round 1

Ranking after Round 1

 

Right when the last player left we had a very nice surprise in the visit of 2500+ FIDE rated GM Dimitri Komarov, currently training players in United Arab Emirates, on a short stop-over in Hong Kong. Dimitri had intended to come earlier but the thunderstorm delayed his arrival and although we were about to close the club, Miguel Angel was lucky (?!) enough to play a short game. Thanks for visiting us Dimitri!

 

Grand Master Dimitri Komarov in action against Miguel Angel

Grand Master Dimitri Komarov in action against Miguel Angel

 

Discovery Bay Competition Started – 4 players with 100 percent score

August 30th, 2014

After a long summer holiday we finally started our first rounds of the competition.

In the Beginners/Intermediate Group Ritvik, Seth and Noah proceeded as they ended the previous season: in great form, winning both of their games.

Wo Hang started off well with a win against Suneh but lost against Ritvik in round 2. Suneh, on the other hand recovered in round 2 from his first round loss by winning in the longest game of the day against Arjun, one of our new members who had won his first round game against Maximilien. Maximilien in the second round regained ground by winning from Arjun’s brother, Gobind, another new member. Earlier in the first round Hop Hang, another new member, had tricked Gobind into opening up his black king side which was exploited by the white queen coming in and checkmating the black king from nearby. But the second round Hop Hang stumbled against Noah who, as mentioned earlier, had won both games.

Many more thing happened on the 10 boards in this group over a timespan of just 90 minutes and it will surely be an interesting competition moving forward as other new players, like Ada and Nathan who tried their first competition game ever, drawing against each other, will gain more experience.

 

Beginners/Intermediate Group Standing after 2 Rounds

Beginners/Intermediate Group Standing after 2 Rounds

 

In the Advanced Group newly promoted  Joshua did well against Bryant in a fast game with a big trick. Koji impressed by consistently winning 3 games in a row. The most spectacular game was probably that between Miguel Angel and James N who threw in an interesting 2 pawn sacrifice in a bishop end game against Miguel Angel which forced a stalemate.

 

Miguel Angel with white captures the pawn on h6 and after James N promotes on c1 Miguel Angel has to take the queen on c1 stalemating black ...

Miguel Angel with white captures the pawn on a3 and after James N promotes on c1 Miguel Angel has to take the queen on c1 stalemating black … if only he seen g4+ …

 

Although Koji is the man to beat now, all players will gradually gain back their form – it is a long way to the end. Exciting!

 

Advanced Group Ranking after 3 Rounds

Advanced Group Ranking after 3 Rounds

Autumn Youth Grand Prix Starts Sunday 31 August – Strong Line-Up!

August 22nd, 2014

Sunday 31 August we will start our first Youth Grand Prix (YGP) event in the 2014-15 YGP cycle of 6 such events. This first event is Standard chess with 90 minutes per player time control and we have some of hong Kong’s finest players lined up, alphabetically:

  • Marco Ching
  • Samach Chow
  • Ronald Choy
  • Mei Jing Garceran Wang
  • Miguel Angel Garceran Wang
  • Wing Ki James Kwong
  • Wing Shun Harold Kwong
  • Ray Leung
  • Toby Mak
  • Benjamin Oh
  • Richard Takasumi
  • Teddy Yang
  • Oliver Yau

How did it work again?

At this moment we have 13 players. For this Standard chess event each player brings in 5 YGP points (for a Rapid and Blitz event each player brings in 3 YGP points).

Currently the pool of YGP points in this event is thus 13×5=65 points.

As explained, the winner of the event will get 30% of the points, 2nd place will get 25%, 3rd place 20%, 4th place 15% and 5th place 10%. In other words, if no more player joins (but registration is still open!), the 1st place will get 18.5 points (0.3×65), and similarly the 5th place will get 6.5 points and so on.

After 6 YGP events we will see who has most YGP points. The top performers can qualify to play fully sponsored, including travel and lodging, in the Open Dutch Youth first week of August 2015 in U14, U12 or U10.

Of course at the end of 7 rounds of this first event we will also have trophies and cash prizes. But more so than winning in this particular event, the best thing is you get to practice Standard chess against your peers and some of Hong Kong’s strongest players. We look forward to see some tough and exciting games with lots to learn.

Finally, note that in the first 4 rounds you can have maximum 2 BYEs, if mentioned the Wednesday before the Sunday game. This kind of BYE will give you 0.5 points.

Season Start: Prizes for top performers of last season

August 18th, 2014

August is always a quiet month with many people still to return from their holidays into their Hong Kong daily routines. The formal competition will thus start from the first Saturday in September and in the weeks of August until then we will be playing casual blitz and rapid chess.

As such we had 3 small round robin groups of rapid games. In the Advanced group Miguel Angel was the best scoring player with 3 straight wins out of 3 games. In the Intermediate group it was Ian who scored most and in the Beginners group Seth managed to be the best scoring player with 3 wins.

As part of breaking the ice of the new season we awarded well deserved trophies to the prize winners of last season.

In the Beginners group 2nd placed Alex To wasn’t there but Wo Hang and Kian, respectively 1st and 3rd Prize, were glad to accept their trophies. All three players are promoted to the Intermediate group.

In the Intermediate group 2nd placed Joshua wasn’t there either but Ian also gladly received his 1st Prize. Both players were promoted to the Advanced group.

The special Prize of Most Improved Player went to Seth who managed in record time to finish the Step 1 level course from scratch and end in the top half of the competition.

We were very glad also to welcome three new members: welcome aboard Hop Hang, Victor and Teddy!

 

Prize Winners (left to right): Ian, Seth, Kian and Wo Hang

Prize Winners (left to right): Ian, Seth, Kian and Wo Hang

 

Kian and Mom

Kian and Mom

 

Seth and Mom

Seth and Mom

 

Wo Hang and Hop Hang

Wo Hang and His Younger Brother Hop Hang Stretching

 

Ready for Start of New Season

August 12th, 2014

We welcome everybody back and we look forward to season 2014-15 which promises to become action packed with chess activities.

In addition to our Saturday club competition in Discovery Bay we will be organizing 10 tournaments spread out over the season covering one weekend day blitz and rapid events as well as 7 rounds standard chess tournaments spread out over 7 weeks. For youth, Grand Prix points can be earned which will entitle the top performers to a fully sponsored trip to a major chess event abroad, likely the Open Dutch Youth Championship in summer 2015. At this event our Caissa’s Miguel Angel became Dutch Open Champion in U8 (Group G) last year and in August this year he did very well again to become 2nd place in the U9 (Group F) category. Let’s get some more prizes to Hong Kong next year!

We will continue to organize friendly club team matches against our sister clubs from Macao and various clubs scattered around in Southern China and we will try to expand our reach further.

At this moment we are recruiting participants to join in the team tournament in Singapore on 6-7 September. As Caissa member you will be sponsored 1,000HK$ for this trip. Enroll now to become member (youth only 1,250HK$ per year)!

 

Caissa Team 1 in Last Year's Event

Caissa Team 1 in Last Year’s Event

 

From Friday we will start our courses – please enroll online for the courses starting this weekend if you haven’t done so yet.

On coming Saturday 16 August we will officially start the season by handing out trophies to the top performers of 2013-14.

In the Intermediate Group Ian will receive 1st Prize and And Joshua 2nd Prize and both can play in the Advanced Group.

In the Beginners Group the 1st Prize goes to Wo Hang, 2nd prize to Alex and 3rd prize to Kian. All three players will go to the Intermediate Group.

A trophy for the Most Improved Player will go to Seth who in record tempo finished Step 1 from Scratch and managed to score 304 Keizer System points in just 13 games.

 

Final Ranking 2013-14 Season and Prize Winners

Final Ranking 2013-14 Season and Prize Winners

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.

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