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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
Those things happen sometimes – and as Allen, James and Harold’s dad, said: just enjoy the process. That should include food too…
See here all results.
And here the photo album.