Caissa Talent Program


To prepare and to aim for a top spot in a reputable (international) tournament focused training is required. Such training must take into account current strengths and weaknesses of the player, both chess technical as well as along a more personal dimension like personality, mindset and style preferences.

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What is CTP?

The Caissa Talent Program is a renewed training approach of the formerly known EGTP (Elite Group Training Program) which we ran for 5 years. The main difference is that in the CTP playing games and matches are tightly integrated into the program alongside the instruction. It is imperative for the students to practice games with longer time controls: the best way to improve one’s chess level.


These matches will be part of the training and will be supervised, discussed in the classes and used to assess students’ improvements.

Participating is by invitation onlyOur Caissa Talent Program is aiming for our students who have been competing at (inter)national tournaments over the last couple of years. They should be at the (sub)top level in their respective age groups. For CTP 2 the minimum is Step 3+ and being in the U10 category (born in or after 2012). For CTP 1 the minimum is Step 4+ and being in the U12 category (born in or after 2010). Plus, students for either groups are required to compete in FIDE-rated tournaments.

For the new term, starting in January 2022 the new set-up will consist of classes on alternate Sundays as follows:
•    Group 1: 10.00-12.30pm (Jan 9, 23, Feb 13, Mar 6, 20, Apr 3)
•    Group 2: 10.30-12.30pm (Jan 16, 30, Feb 20*, Mar 13, 27, Apr 10)


Integrated matches for both groups are played Saturday 11.45-1.45pm on Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, Feb 12, 19, Mar 5, 12, 19, 26, Apr 2, 9. The matches and classes will be supervised and conducted by Caissa coaches IM Marcos Llaneza and IM Matthew Tan. 

Meet the CTP Coaches

In the first few weeks preparation for the National Age Group Championship (26/27 Feb 2022) will be the man focus point of the classes. Therefore, we expect a high level of commitment during the classes, doing homework, playing games and participating in tournaments. Students not showing the expected commitment might not receive an invitation for further CTPs.