Director of Operations
IA Alberto Muniz Pardino (2016 - present)
Coach Alberto has an academic degree in Business Administration and Management.
Alberto is a professional chess coach with years of extensive coaching experience, in Spain, Singapore, Malaysia and in Hong Kong. He has been a tournament player since his early youth and is a top ranked player in HK and became HK Champion in 2014, qualifying for the HK National Team in the 2014 Chess Olympiad.
Alberto is both a FIDE licensed International Arbiter and FIDE Trainer. His main hobbies are Sports and Technology.
Head of Training
IM Matthew Tan (2018 - present)
Coach Matthew has an academic degree in mathematics. He learned to play chess at the age of 7. As a youth player he won a couple of National Championships and participated at several European Championships. In 2012 Matthew earned the title of International Master.
Matthew has been a (semi-)professional trainer for over a decade. As a Dutch trainer he has a wealth of experience with the Step-by-Step Method.
From 2015-2018 Matthew worked as a mathematics teacher at a middle school. In 2018 he also became an official FIDE trainer. Now, Matthew is eager to combine these educational skills with his chess skills. In his spare time Matthew enjoys reading, indoor soccer and going to the gym.
Eduard Garcia Carles (2018 - present)
Coach Eduard has an academic and four postgraduate (including Master’s) degrees in Piano performance. He was introduced to chess at a very young age and in his teens he started to play more competitive chess quickly climbing the ranks in his local chess club to second place.
Eduard's favourite opening is the Spanish. He loves tactics and is an aggressive but calculative chess players who always looks for a good sacrifice in the mid game. There is a famous phrase from Aron Nimzowitsch that he likes to keep in mind in his games: "The threat is stronger than the execution".
Although Eduard with a 1900+ FIDE rating belongs to the top 10 in Hong Kong, he doesn’t play competitive chess that often anymore. His passion is teaching.
Eduard has a vast teaching experience with both individuals and in group lessons. Having taught to students with a very wide age range (from 4 years olds to elderly) across very different nationalities and countries, like in Spain, UK, UAE and Hong Kong, Eduard knows how to get a message across. Be it music or chess.
Eduard is a FIDE licensed FI (FIDE Instructor).
Fong Li (2023 - present)
Coach Fong Li is about to finish her Master’s degree in Clinical Neuropsychology. She taught chess in the Netherlands for eight years, and as head coach of the youth chess club in her hometown she is very familiar with training youth players of various levels, also using the Step Method.
She is most passionate about teaching children chess, and hopes to also inspire more girls to start playing chess. She joined the Caissa team in April. In the future, she aims to work as a psychologist helping children cope with their daily struggles.
Apart from chess, Fong Li enjoys boxing and exploring new places.
Alexander Wagner (2021 - present)
Coach Alex has an academic degree in Sociology and Business Communication.
He started playing chess at age 8 at school, and went on to the local chess club. He was the U12 district/state champion in East Germany and placed 3rd with the U12 team of his club on the National level.
After a long hiatus due to studies and a career in business and software consulting, he returned to organized chess with the Luxembourg team of Wasserbillig in Division 1 and Promotion d’Honneur (3rd and 2nd national leagues, respectively), before joining Caissa Hong Kong as a part-time coach.
Alex prefers a quiet, strategic playing style, looking for weaknesses that can be exploited in the endgame.
Outside chess, he enjoys hiking and roots for the New York Knicks.
Alex is a FIDE licensed DI (Developmental Instructor).
Kutsebeshchenko Dmitry (2022 - present)
Coach Dmitry has and engineering degree from the Bauman Moscow State Technical.
Currently FIDE rated at 2169 Dmitry has been playing chess for 20 years with coaching episodes in English and Russian for chess players of FM level and lower, both with children from 5 years old and adults.
Dmitry was a playing captain at many University Championships in Russia. A former professional player with extensive experience and knowledge, Dmitry won numerous youth Russian and International Championships, like Moscow Region Champion U18 (2005), second runner-up at All-Russian Chess Olympiad U18 (2004), and champion at the Central Federal District Chess Championship U16 (2003).
Dmitry was qualified by the Moscow sports committee to receive intensive training by world-leading coaches: Mark Dvoretsky, Sergey Dolmatov, Igor Zaitsev, and others. He went through Anatoly Karpov intensive chess schools.
He has a strong passion and willingness to share his knowledge.
David Garceran Nieuwenburg (2012 - present)
David has a M.Sc. degree in Business Administration and a M.A. degree in Japanology.
He has extensive tournament experience as a youth player in The Netherlands with a National Club Team Title. When U16 he was selected by the Rotterdam Chess Federation to receive intense training from IM Cor van Wijgerden, the writer of the Step Method currently used at Caissa.
David has continued to play competitive chess on and off in various different countries he used to live in.
David is a FIDE National Instructor and HKCFL National Arbiter. His occasional teaching and regular organizing of chess events in Hong Kong, as well as abroad with overseas opponents, is done passionately, always keeping in mind the promotion of chess for its own merits.
Once a Caissa coach, always a Caissa family member! Below a list of our previous coaches whom we thank a lot for their excellent and passionate contribution to our chess center and our students.
CM David Rivas Villa (2017 - 2018)
Coach David has a master degree in Industrial Engineering. With a FIDE rating of 2154 (max FIDE rating 2260 in 2008), David is currently one of the highest rated players in Hong Kong and he has extensive tournament play experience since his youth in Spain and upon joining Caissa also in Hong Kong now.
In 1999, he played the World Chess Championship U-16. He has trained, when they were young, important Spanish players like GM Anton Guijarro and GM Salgado Lopez. His hobbies are Sports, computers, fantastic novel and films. He is a Real Madrid’s fan.
David was instrumental in the early stages of Caissa, for example, setting up with Alberto the Elite Group Training Program - a first in Hong Kong.
David is back in Spain now.
Senior Trainer (Master)
IM Marcos Llaneza Vega (2018 - 2022)
Coach Marcos studied Geography and History in Spain. He started to play chess when he was 4. His father taught his elder brothers and sister (who is a WIM and got a Gold medal for the best fourth board in one Olympiad) and they taught him.
Marcos was Spanish Champion U10, U12, U16, U18 and university champion. He played several European and World Youth Championships and won many International Tournaments in Europe and Asia. As a chess teacher, he started as assistant in schools when he was 15 and since then he had been working with students of different levels and ages. Some of them became Spanish Champions, International Masters or even one, is currently a Grand Master.
In recent years he has been coaching young students but he also worked as analyst for some International and Grand Masters. At the same time, he enjoys playing strong tournaments all around the world because he can combine two of his great passions: travel and chess. Marcos also likes a lot to read books and watch documentaries.
Marcos was a key pillar in the further development of our Caissa's training program. Several of his students are now among the best players in Hong Kong.
Marcos is back in Spain.
World Youth Champion 2013
GM Alexander Ipatov
GM Ipatov, former Youth World Champion, is providing some Caissa students with online classes - although he is busy with his studies at the moment, if you are interested in his training, you can contact him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GM Ipatov's 5-Year Anniversary Testimonial:
"Being exposed to the chess world since a young age, I had a chance to travel to different countries for tournaments, simul exhibitions and lectures. I can say with certainty - it is an arduous task to find someone within the chess world who would be as trustworthy and professional as David. It is always a pleasure to do projects with David and Caissa HK!"
GM Alexander Ipatov - 22 Aug 2017