The 2013 edition of the Hong Kong – Macao Chess Interport, held on Saturday March 2 at Caissa Chess Club in Discovery Bay, took place in a competitive but very pleasant atmosphere underlining the roots of a friendly event between the two sister cities, going back many decades.
The 16 players from Macao were accompanied by 17 supporters in the form of parents, chess officials and a trainer. The 16 players from Hong Kong, having the home advantage, had at least as many supporters visiting and contributing to a great ambiance.
Although a friendly match, at stake was the Caissa Pearl Delta Cup which today would either stay in Hong Kong or would go to Macao: the city with most points today would keep the Cup until the next match.
As mentioned in an earlier post, the match would evolve between four players in each age category Under 8, Under 10, Under 13 and Under 14-18 in a rapid chess double round robin format. Each player would play two opponents twice.
Under 8 Category
In team B Harold Kwong and Mei Jing Garceran Wang (Caissa) scored 3 and 2 wins out of 4 games respectively. Both Harold and Zheng Hai Ming from Macao ended with 3 points and in a decisive blitz Zheng Hai Ming secured the win and the top scorer prize of this group.
For team A Gerent Lee and Miguel Angel Garceran Wang (Caissa) played very strong and scored 3 and 3.5 points respectively, resulting in the top scorer prize for Miguel in this group.
In team B Edrien Borigas and Bryant Chong (Caissa) scored 3 and 2 points respectively contributing to a 5-3 win for Hong Kong in this subgroup. As Edrien and Macao’s Gong Ka Yi both ended with 3 points also here the top scorer prize winner had to be determined by a blitz game. The first blitz ended in a draw by stale mate but the second game was won by Gong Ka Yi.
In team A Richard Takasumi and James Kwong faced strong Macao players and scored 1.5 and 3 points respectively to secure the sub group win by 4.5-3.5. The 3 points for James were enough to also win the top scorer prize.
Hong Kong team B, Sophie Whalley and, actually U10 Wilson Mueller, (both Caissa), faced a very strong girl duo from Macao who managed to win all their games! As a consequence, a blitz game was required between Macao’s Luo Yihua and Wong Kit to determine top scorer prize which was won by Luo Yihua.
Team A with Michael Yang and Benjamin Oh did very well, scoring 3.5 and 2.5 points respectively. The 3.5 points for Michael was enough to get him the top scorer prize in this group.
Our team B was Hong Kong’s girl duo team with Fung Ting and Saloni Anandpara playing very well, scoring 3 and 2 points respectively. Fung Ting had enough with these 3 points to become top scorer in this group.
Team A with fine players like Christopher Masters and Marcus Ho, scoring 2.5 and 3.5 points respectively, played strong and Marcus’s 3.5 points were worth top scorer prize.
In summary, the prize winners:
- U8 Team B: Macao – Zheng Hai Ming
- U8 Team A: Hong Kong – Miguel Angel Garceran Wang
- U10 Team B: Macao -Gong Ka Yi
- U10 Team A: Hong kong – James Kwong
- U13 Team B: Macao – Luo Yi Hua
- U13 Team A: Hong Kong – Michael Yang
- U14-18 Team B: Hong Kong – Fung Ting
- U14-18 Team A: Hong Kong – Marcus Ho
Hong Kong keeps the Cup in town.