A very hot, blue sky, National Holiday had awoken dreamy Stanley into a bustling beach city. In the modern eye-catching Municipal Building, where Caissa's training centre in Stanley is located, some 80 players had come to join our 2nd Labour Day Open play Rapid chess, last year won by FM Marcos Medarde Santiago.
Adults and youth, over half of whom had come from three different Caissa sister chess clubs in Shenzhen, played a total of 7 rounds from 10am to 4.30pm, fighting for the top 3 prizes in the Open, U14, U12, U10 and U8 categories.
Local hero Andrew drew against Birjkumar in the last round but managed to win the Champion title on tie- break. Third prize went to Edward.
In U14 Adrian ended 6th overall and got the U14 Champion prize, followed on 2nd place by Miguel and 3rd place Wing Ki.
In U12 Ethan and Seth both had 5 points the Champion U12 title went to Ethan on tie-break. Joseph claimed 3rd place.
In U10 Mahir was crowned Champion, followed by Wilfred and Liu Licheng 刘礼诚 from Shenzhen.
The U8 category performance was very impressive with both Samuel and Savin scoring 5 points: on tie-break Samuel became Champion. Third place was for Gabriel.