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).
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!