IM Matthew Tan Wins Caissa 7th Blitz Open

Because of Mangkhut, the most devastating typhoon in recent times hitting Hong Kong on 16 September, the 7th Blitz Open was rescheduled to 20 September. With 25 registered players the group was not the largest. However in each age category the top players were mostly present. In the Open we also had Caissa's IM Matthew Tan and CM David Rivas playing alongside strong players like FM Peter Yu and notoriously well performing players like Andrew Leung and Tushar Anand. There was enough quality for the day! The tournament was, as always, well led by IA Alberto Muniz. After 9 rounds, Matthew with 9 points was crowned Champion, followed by David Rivas with 7 points and and Andrew with 6 points beat

EOM September

Yesterday Sunday 23 September we held the first leg of the three months spanning End of Month (Autumn 2018) training chess tournament for players up to Step 3 level. In our controlled environment, with only Caissa students participating, the players are readying themselves for tournament play. A total of 28 players showed up as follows: In Group A, the most advanced players, we had: Boris Chan, Michelle Chan, Marcus Su, Tiia Agyeman, Khrish Butani, Julian Wang and Alex Gong Group B: Rishi Butani, Joseph Ko, Julien Leung, Constantin Xiao, Samuel Lin and Joshua Lam Group C: Sacha Agyeman, Jonathan You, Adhya Batepati, Aydan Lau, Adrian Wu and Stelios Asmanis Group D: Dillen Winiger, Winston Q

Playing Chess in Japan

I would like to start this article telling that Japan is one of my favorite countries together with Brazil and, of course, Spain. So, the opportunity to play chess in Japan was too perfect to be dismissed. Tokyo is one of the most modern cities in the world, Japanese people are kind and hospitable, their culture is millenary, food is amazing... what else can you ask for? Thanks to my Caissa Grand Prix results, I was invited to participate in this event. I am enormously grateful for the opportunity to enjoy chess here these two years. Many thanks, David GN! The Japan Chess Association organized a very interesting tournament: The Japan League. The best players in Japan were playing and the org

S.O.S Start of Season Rapid: Ole!

The S.O.S Open Rapid 2018 held on 2 September 2018 burst the new season open with a very strong player field across 8 different country chess federations. From those, a tourist Spanish armada of 3 guest players had arrived, all well into 2,000+ rating. Together with coach David, although also under Spain chess federation flag but first and foremost Cassia's torch bearer, and the highest over 2200 rated player Bjorn, from Sweden, local 2000+ player Tushar under Indian flag and former HK Champion Andrew, there was not going to be any walk-over today. Indeed. All photos here on our Flicker album. The 7 round 15m5s rapid event went smooth. After 5 rounds only Caissa coach David Rivas had won all

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