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National Blitz Championship 2015: four National Champions from Caissa

June 28th, 2015

HKCF National Blitz 2015

The Hong Kong Chess Federation 1st National Blitz Championship was an important event in various ways. It would, for the first time in decades, hand out formal National Champion titles and as such formal entitlement to represent Hong Kong in international events. Also, the event was FIDE rated and along the youth age categories there was this time also an Open section for adults.

And the event was a great success for Caissa players, young and old! We already alluded to the fact that some of our players were smoking hot on our chess party yesterday, such that prizes would seriously expected to be within reach, the actual results were better than we could expect.


NA Sydney Lai gives instructions

NA Sydney Lai gives instructions to the youth section


In U8 we only had 2 Caissa students, Seth and Mahir. Mahir, among the youngest in this age group, played his first tournament and scored 3 points but gained lots of experience which is the only goal in your first tournament. Seth, whose strength lies in longer chess games, with 6 points out of 11 had a good tournament in a 3 minutes + 2 seconds time control.

Congratulations to the top 3, Steven, Zeth and Samach who all played in one of the Caissa YGP events and scored well there too. Here are all results of U8.

In U10 we had our hot shot students Samuel, Kevin, Meijing, Aaditya and Miguel Angel lined up with Caissa member Harold.

Miguel Angel proved to be strongest player in this age group: congratulations Champ! Aaditya ended 4th just one place out of a prize. Meijing became Girl Champion – there was unfortunately only one girl. We are very proud of all our students who scored many points. Also congrats to our long time chess friends Adrian and Gerent with their 2nd and 3rd place.

U10 Blitz 2015 HKCF


Miguel Angel National Blitz Champion U10!

Miguel Angel National Blitz Champion U10!

Mei Jing U10 Champion Girl 2015

Mei Jing U10 Champion Girl 2015


In U12 our  Caissa gunners were Jay, Richard and Oliver. Jay has had very limited practice in 3 minutes + 2 seconds but still managed to score 4 points.

Although in the direct confrontation Oliver beat Richard, it was Richard who managed to stay on top after 11 rounds impressively defeating all other top 6 players. Oliver just fell out of prizes on 4th place and big congrats to Richard with his National Champion title.

U12 Blitz 2015 HKCF

Richard Champion U12

Richard National Blitz Champion U12


All other players were pooled in the Open group. From Caissa we had Tejpal, Koji, Conrad, Melvin and Long participating.

Tejpal just (re)started chess recently and this tournament is for him to oil his engine. The 3.5 points scored is not bad after a very long time hiatus. Koji and Conrad managed to score 5 points, just short of 50% ending solidly in the middle range.

The U16 and other age categories higher than U12 were pooled in the Open and Melvin with 5.5 points ended 6th place overall but that score brought him the title of National Champion U16. Well done Melvin, we are proud of you!

In Open, Long, our 2 times in a row Caissa champion in our Friday evening cycles, ended 2nd place and was the only person to draw against the new National Champion Daniel. Well done Long! And congratulations to our friend Daniel too.

Open Blitz 2015 HKCF

Melvin U16 National Blitz Champion

Melvin U16 National Blitz Champion

Long Open National Blitz Runner Up

Long Open National Blitz Runner Up

Prize Giving Ceremony / Party to Celebrate end of Spring Cycle Series

June 26th, 2015

Caissa Hong Kong Spring Open 2015

Yesterday we concluded the last prize winning ceremony of this season by handing out the prizes to the winners of the Spring Open, held on Friday evenings.

All players of the Friday Autumn, Winter and Spring events were invited to join the prize giving and enjoy some snacks, including famous Dutch fingerfood, authentic from the only Dutch restaurant (Orange Tree) in town. Of course, this was a good moment also to play some blitz chess in preparation for the next day’s National Blitz Championships.


Social Blitz with ...

Social Blitz with Dutch snacks in the foreground


In this Spring Cycle we had Matthew Tan joining, but he would not play for any prize. However, it was great to have an IM playing with us and analyzing with his opponents where they went wrong … and as a thank you we found it appropriate to give him an Honorary Champion prize.


Readying for the Prize Ceremony

The Prize Winners

The Prize Winners

Matthew receives his prize form David will Tejpal manages to bring his son Mahir back ... Mahir is hungry now and surely we'll see more from him without any need to hold him back!

Matthew receives his prize from David while Tejpal manages to bring his son Mahir back … Mahir is hungry now and surely we’ll see more from him without any need to hold him back!


Long You managed to prolong his Winter Champion title and was a convincing Champion of the Spring Open. Congrats Long!

Henry and Melvin tied for 2nd and 3rd place but Henry won the tie-break. Well done to both and glad to see Melvin seems very ready for the Open Dutch where he will be playing in the Caissa shirt in the U16 category.


Matthew hands out Champion Prize to Long You

Matthew hands out Champion Prize to Long You

Henry receives 2nd Prize from Matthew

Henry receives 2nd Prize from Matthew

Melvin gets 3rd Prize from Matthew

Melvin gets 3rd Prize from Matthew


After the prize ceremony we finished the 7 rounds blitz. It was finally won by Matthew, followed by James (great result James!) and Long. Tomorrow will be the National Championships in which Long, Richard, David, Melvin, Miguel, Tejpal, Koji and Mei Jing all will participate. Judging from today’s play we truly expect to have some serious title contenders among this Caissa group…


Final Ranking Social Blitz

Final Ranking Social Blitz


Rectification – James and Miguel Angel win YGP3 in U12 and U10 and are overall 2014-15 YGP Winners in Their Age Groups

June 22nd, 2015

In 2014-15 we introduced the Youth Grand Prix to Hong Kong: a series of 3 tournaments standard chess (90 minutes per person, 7 rounds), 2 Blitz and 1 Rapid event. In each event grand prix points could be won by ending in the top 5 of the player’s age category.

Yesterday Sunday was the last round of the Spring YGP 3 and also the last round of the entire cycle that spanned some 10 months!

As in YGP 3 we had no U14 player we added a 3rd prize to the U12 and U10 age categories and because we had 4 U8 players we also added a Champion prize for that age group.

In the U12 category James could only be overtaken by Oliver if James would lose from Anika and Oliver would beat Miguel. The latter happened when Oliver, with only some 3 minutes left on the clock, surprised Miguel Angel with a checkmate in a complicated rook/bishop (Oliver) vs rook/knight and pawns end game. However, James did not lose from Anika in a rook endgame with 2 extra pawns and as such James became champion in the U12 group, followed by Oliver 2nd and Richard, who had to forfeit 2 games in earlier rounds, on the 3rd place.

In U10 age group, Miguel Angel, despite his loss against Oliver, stayed on top to be champion. Because of a BYE input mistake for Anika in round 4, Miguel Angel was followed by 2nd place Ulysses, who beat Harsh, and 3rd Harold, who with several pieces less miraculously managed to check mate Zeth. However, after correction and adding 0.5 points to Anika in round 4, it turned out that Anika ended number 2 and Ulysses number 3. Apologies for the mistake – and Anika will get her trophy and prize money soonest.

Zeth still remained the best performing player, and thus Champion of U8.

Congratulations to all prize winners!!!


Zeth Champion U8 with coach Matthew Tan

Zeth Champion U8 with coach Matthew Tan

Prize Winners YGP3 with coach Matthew (left to right): Harold, James, Miguel Angel, Zeth, Richard, Ulysses and Oliver – we are missing Anika who won 2nd prize in U10


Caissa HK Spring YGP Cross Table End Ranking after Round 7

Top players in each age category U14, U12 and U10 would be fully sponsored, including return flight, lodging, additional training etc., to join the Dutch Youth Open 2015. Prerequisite was that players would play minimal 3 YGP events and as such unfortunately we have no U14 winner.

The final YGP ranking after 6 events shows a strong winner in Miguel Angel in U10 and James in U12. We wish our YGP champions, and of course our other players who will join the Dutch Youth Open 2015, good luck, success and fun from 3-8 August. We will be reporting from there!


YGP 2014-15 Final Ranking

YGP 2014-15 Final Ranking

James and Miguel Angel lead their age groups after Round 6 in YGP 3

June 17th, 2015

In last Sunday’s round 6 James consolidated his 0.5 points lead by winning against Aaditya. He is also a full point ahead of Oliver, the number 2 in his group U12.

Miguel’s hard -fought win against Harsh kept him also a full point ahead of the numbers 2, 3 and 4, Andy, Anika and Aaditya, all with 3.5 points in the U10 age category.


Harsh vs. Harsh, the last game ...

Harsh (white) vs. Miguel Angel in a long and the last game …


Coming Sunday will be the last match in the YGP cycle and we will hand out the prizes to the winners of the Spring YGP3 and we will announce the overall YGP winners in the the age categories U12 and U10 who will get a fully funded trip to the Dutch Open!

Below the pairing for round 7 and the ranking after 6 rounds.

Pairing Round 7 Caissa YGP 3

Ranking after 6 rounds YGP 3 Caissa

Matthew Tan wins Spring Blitz with 11 out of 11

June 16th, 2015

Good news. The Hong Hong Chess Federation is increasingly staging events never held before.

To start with, last week the Spring Rapid 2015, a rapid FIDE rated tournament of 9 rounds held over 3 evenings, ended with bang for Daniel Lam who won the event with a score of 9 points. Congrats Daniel!

Then, last Monday HKCF held the Spring Blitz 2015, also FIDE rated, attracted 36 players. The speed of 3 minutes + 2 seconds increment is something that requires serious practice and our local heroes have not had the chance to play such a tournament in Hong Kong.

In the top 5 we only find Lo Cheuk Wai as known Hong Kong player among an international audience. Thierry Henkinet is the new kid on the block and seems a good addition to the HKG federation. Alexander, on a stop-over from Shanghai, collected medal for 3rd prize. Long, winner of our Caissa Winter and Spring editions, hopefully will change his federation from Germany to Hong Kong soon! To be in this top 5 is not easy.


Top 5

Top 5


The undisputed winner of the event was Caissa’s Matthew Tan, from Holland, with a monster score of 11 wins. We hope he will have fond memories of the medal he won because it was the first FIDE rated Open Blitz event organized by HKCF – he made history!


Matthew receives 1st prize medal from arbiter KK

Matthew Tan receives 1st prize medal from arbiter KK Chan


Of course, this spring blitz event was a prelude of what is to come and our local heroes have time to practice more in the coming weeks.

Because … HKCF is going a step further by organizing first-time-ever National Championships, FIDE rated, in Blitz and Rapid on 27 June and 5 July respectively. These events are for all age youth groups and Open (yeah, finally also something for adults!).

Hope to see you all there!

Team of 3 wins first choice of Candy

June 7th, 2015

Saturday we played a small team tournament instead of internal competition in DB. The board 1 players in each team played against one another, the board 2 players against each and so for each board.


Prize/Candy Table

Prize/Candy Table


The winning team would gain the honor to go first to the candy table to select their preferred candies, the 2nd ranked team would go second and so on.

Despite having 1 player less, team A ended first, team B powered by girls and the brothers Noah and Nathan ended 2nd, team D ended 3rd and team C was 4th.

Team A: 7.5 points

  1. Miguel Angel
  2. Chor Wei
  3. Christopher

Team B: 6.5 points

  1. Mei Jing
  2. Samira
  3. Noah
  4. Nathan

Team C: 4.5 points

  1. Vincent
  2. Suneh
  3. Maximillian
  4. Leonard

Team D: 6 points

  1. Bryant
  2. Jay
  3. Seth
  4. Kian


Team B Mei Jing, Samira, Noah, Nathan against Team C Vincent, Suneh, Max, Leonard

Team A Miguel Angel against team D Bryant

Team A Miguel Angel, Chor Wei, Chris against team D Bryant, Jay, Seth, Kian

Nathan is very pleased having achieved an amazing stalemate against Kian

Nathan (with white) is very pleased having achieved an amazing stalemate against Kian

Updated (5 June) – YGP3 has 6 Players with 3 points after 4 rounds

June 4th, 2015

Differences are minimal in the top half of the YGP cycle. Just like in the YGP1 and YGP2 editions, there surely won’t be a walk-over for any player and we need to sit tight until the final round to see what will eventually happen.

Such tight competition makes this tournament one of the most worthwhile events for our youth as it is also the only event in Hong Kong for youth with regular/standard time control of 90 minutes.

The ranking after 4 rounds here below:

Cross Table Rank after Round 5

Cross Table Rank after Round 5


Below the pairing of round 5:

Pairing Round 5 Caissa Hong Kong YGP 3



First 7 players registered for Open Dutch Youth Championship

June 2nd, 2015

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The Open Dutch Youth Championship is now only 2 months away. We have 7 Caissa kids enrolled and with over 10 accompanying persons joining our Hong Kong Bauhinia should create an impact among the Dutch tulips!

Melvin, one of the top scorers in the Secondary section of the HKJCC inter-school, and doing well in our Friday Spring Open, will play in Group B, 1999 or later.

Jasmine and James will play in Group D, 2003 or later.

Miguel Angel, Dutch Champion 2 years ago in Group G, is our player in group E, born in 2005 .

Harold and Mei Jing will play in Group F, born in 2006.

Jinwen, current School World Champion U7, will aim for his next title in Group H, born in 2008 or later.

Of course coach Matthew will also be in Holland to support our team.

If still interested to join – do let us know!