EGTP - Elite Group Training
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, style preferences etc.
It is unlikely to amalgamate all these effectively in a few weeks before a major tournament, let alone if spread out over an-hour-a-week lesson.
Through the Elite Group Training Program (EGTP), by invitation only, we offer selected players rigorous preparation for a major event at least a year away.
PLEASE note that Caissa does not select players to go to any FIDE world championship or equivalent tournament: this has to be done via the HKCFL. But we prepare you to aim for a top spot.
ATTRACTIVE PRICING POLICY
Compared to standard group lessons of one hour (at 250HK$/class), each EGTP class is 3 hours long (at 500HK$/class). The fee is payable per term of 3-4 months (see schedule) as we will require the commitment of each group member to follow through as a group, each member being a potential high quality sparring partner for one another.
Most of the tournaments organized by Caissa, like the CGP, Sunday Open, Blitz and Rapid tournaments (at around 3-400HK$/event) will have a symbolic fee only for EGTP students, as they are considered as part of the training.
Through this heavily discounted pricing we invest in our students and in the chess community in Hong Kong. But we do require serious commitment and we have set several entry requirements.
REQUIREMENTS TO JOIN EGTP IN TERM 3 2019/20
All players obviously need to have an interest to play in a demanding high level event and be willing to work towards a top spot. In addition, at least two of the below should be applicable:
Minimum rating requirements:
1300 for Players born before or in 2005
1200 for Players born in 2006-2007 (U14)
1100 for Players born in 2008-2009 (U12)
1000 for Players born in 2010 or later (U10)
Previous top place in a National level tournament in the 2017-2018 school year (HKCFL Age Groups or ISF Open, HKJCC Age Groups both individual and inter-school if on board 1 or 2). Top-5 will be considered for U12 and above. Only Top-3 will be considered for U10 and U8. Standard and Rapid events will be considered. Blitz events will not be considered
Previous top 3 position in Caissa CGP 2017/18 (any category)
Coach recommendation based on other criteria, including fit in the particular EGTP group class.
In addition to the requirements the players should commit to the following:
Attendance rate of 80% is required, no make-up lessons. Saturday and Sunday lessons will be different, so no replacement classes will be possible. As the whole group will be moving through the same program, materials for missed lessons will be available online and the player who misses one class is supposed to review them on his own.
Play 80% of the recommended tournaments. Commitment to play a minimum 15 standard games per year
Do the assigned homework with estimated workload of 1 hour per week.
Players who joined the EGTP in Term 3 2018/19 and completed the requirements will have priority over new applicants. Those who didn't complete the requirements will be considered as new applicants and their places won't be guaranteed.
Sunday Group will be exclusively for the most qualified candidates. Players who don't fit the required conditions can apply for the Saturday group only.
TIMING AND SCHEDULE
Sunday and Saturday 10.00am-1.00pm at Caissa Sheung Wan Centre. 6/F, Wing Cheong Commercial Building, 19-25 Jervois Street Sheung Wan.
The Sunday group will include the higher rated candidates, and other players with achievements as National Champions or similar. The Saturday group will include the rest of eligible players. Topics will be the different in both groups, tailored to the needs of the players in each group.
The planned 3 terms for this school year, we will start in September 2019 and finish in June 2020, plus one special Summer Term.
Term 1 (Sep - Dec 2019)
Term 2 (Jan - Apr 2020)
Term 3 (Apr - Jun 2020)
Term 4 (Summer 2020) : MISTAKES. Make less and take advantage of your opponent's ones.
1. Mapping my mistakes (which kind of mistakes do I often make)
2. How to avoid these mistakes?
3. How do I spot an opponent's mistake?
4. How can I get my opponent to make mistakes? (Good traps vs bad traps)
Term 4 Schedule:
SATURDAY: June 27. July 4,11,18,25. August 1,8,15
SUNDAY: June 28, July 5,12,19,26. August 2,9,16
Important note: The requirements for joining the Summer Term will be a bit lower, giving the chance to new participants to join and to prove they can be eligible for the next school year.
All the participants must follow our Covid-19 safety measures
Scheduled Classes will only be cancelled if coinciding with an official HKCF age-group Championship.
ARRANGEMENT OF THE SESSIONS
Each session will be arranged approximately as follows:
Theoretical explanation / discussion. Materials handed out every week (hard-copy and/or online)
Training games (e.g., based on positions related to the topic of each class)
Discussion/analysis of the played games. Revision of the topic. Homework guidance.
Homework for this term could be about content of each lesson, tactical puzzles, analysis of the games played under the topic of the day ... Also analysis of the players' tournament games.
Students will have access to a password protected page, only for EGTP students, which will include all the materials and complementary interesting items like videos, articles or games analyses.
The students should submit their homework via e-mail at least 24 hours before the following class.
The main trainers will be IM Matthew Tan and IM Marcos Llaneza, among the top rated players in Hong Kong and very experienced coaches. In addition, we will actively try to invite guest lecturers of very high caliber on a specific topic.
This training is tough. Requires commitment. Hard work. This training is not suitable for everyone. That is exactly what it is to be elite.
Send us a mail by clicking 'Let me in!' if you are not invited yet but you think you have what it takes ... Please tell us the reasons why you should qualify.