On 20 & 27 December the club will be closed.
We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.
On Saturday 8 December Caissa organized the 1st Discovery Bay Open Blitz Chess tournament. A total of 23 players had registered of whom 13 for the adult category, four players for the 9-12 years category and six players were in the 6-8 years category. We were glad to have two players from overseas: Cyril Anicete (from Shenzhen) and Julian Kuan (currently studying in Australia) – and they did make an impact!
The group was mixed but youth played against adults with confidence. Benjamin Oh (actually 9-12 years) even opted to play for the adult prizes.
But also between youth players we had many interesting games among which Benjamin Oh against Richard Takasumi (1-0), Richard Takasumi against James Kwong (1-0) and Caissa’s Miguel Angel Garceran Wang against Gerent Lee (1-0).
Gordon Moffoot started off very well but lost his winning streak after the break, ending 15th with 4 points. Jing Wang, playing her first tournament ever was especially fighting her nerves but with 3 points she need not be unsatisfied.
Peter Whalley scored 5 points, ending 10th and Hannah Ball showed again her qualities by scoring 5.5 points, ending 5th.
Apart from the Caissa players Jing, Gordon, Peter and Hannah we also had Miguel Angel from Caissa and he again proved his talent as 7 years old by ending overall number 9 with 5 points and becoming winner of the 6-8 years age group.
Richard Takasumi also had 5 points and was the winner of the 9-12 years age group, ending one place higher than Miguel due to tie-break and as such Richard was crowned overall Discovery Bay Open Youth Champion 2012.
The prize winners in the adult group were Billy Lo (6th), Hannah Ball (5th), Anthony Wong (4th), Joseph Wong (3rd), Julian Kuan (2nd) and Cyril Anicete (1st and DB Open Champion 2012).
Discovery Bay not-yet-converted-to-Caissa citizens Jean Sebastien Bret and Pushkar Sane ended on the 7th place with 5 points and 12th place with 4.5 points respectively. Gentlemen, time to join the club!
Aravind Mahadevan’s 14th place with 4 points had a lot to do with the impact of illegal moves to the outcome of the game and also most youth players, including Jonah Yap, Hansel Yan, Aaricia Chan and Harold Kwong had a steep learning curve regarding this aspect of blitz chess. Let’s hope these players are not discouraged but that they feel passionate enough to turn the blitz chess specifics to their advantage … until we meet again next year!
With Regis Sze joining in the U7 age category, and Sophie Whalley in the end not participating in the U13 age category, Caissa still had 8 members playing in the event in both the U10 and U7 age categories.
It was an exciting weekend with some surprises. To start with, U18 age group was won by Luke Lau with 6 out of 7 ahead of last year’s winner Christopher Masters who still remained in the top 5. Yee Chit Wong, last year’s champion of U13, and still young enough to play in that age category tried his luck in U18 and claimed a 3rd place with 5 points: impressively with 4 wins, 2 draws and no loss other than the first round loss which seems to be related to not having arrived on time. A strong performance also from Julian lee, who was number 11 U13 last year but this year claimed the 4th place.
The U13 age group was convincingly won with 7 out of 7 by Michael Yang who seems to be making strong progress, playing better also every Monday at the HKCF Queen Elizabeth Stadium competition. The top seed of last year’s U10, Benjamin Oh and Issac Fung, as expected did well in U13 with Benjamin having an all or nothing last game against John Woo who finally claimed 2nd prize. Issac ended number 4 in good company of last year’s top players Jeffrey Lam and Adrian Chui in the top 5.
The U10 age group was convincingly won by James Kwong with 7 out of 7. Streaming in from U7 made little difference to James, nor to most other top players from U7 last year, like Ronald Choy and Peter Zhao who ended in top 6. Richard Takasumi, who did not lose a game but had to allow 2 draws, ended strongly on second place.
Looking at the top 5 it is so these players, unfortunately, mostly did not play against each other and perhaps for a group this large 9 rounds would have been a better reflection of this group’s talent: if there would have been a next round, according to the Swiss pairing system the top players would have surely met each other on the board.
From Caissa Ruaidhri Neville was the top player who kept his cool to collect a handsome amount of 4 points and ended on 34th place out of 84. Well done Ruaidhri!
Bryant Chong had a little dip in the middle part of the tournament but with 3.5 points, a good 50% score, still ended fine on 44th place.
Chor Wei Tang and Franz Herrmann, with 2.5 and 1.5 points respectively, had not yet experienced a tournament of this scale – and it is impressive to be with hundreds of players in a hall – and will surely be more ready for next event.
In the U7 category the 3 players in the top 15 of last year, including Gerent Lee, Andy Au and Miguel Angel Garceran Wang all performed well scoring 5 points but the impressive winner with 7 wins was Ho Pang Huang who had come over from China to play – and how!
Caissa’s Aleesha Naqvi had a tough day on which everything that could go wrong, went wrong and she ended without a win. Regis Sze performed, on his second tournament, above average scoring 4.5 points ending on 9th place.
Mei Jing Garceran Wang, after winning the novice tournament recently, continued to play very well and had 4 points after 6 rounds. Her brother Miguel Angel also had 4 points and unfortunately they met each other in the last round, which was won by Miguel Angel.
Through his win Miguel Angel ended 4th and was the only Caissa member within reach of some silverware. Congratulations!