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St. Joseph’s Anglo-Chinese Primary School wins the Malvern College Scholastic Open 2nd Dr. R. Lister Cup

Yesterday, Sunday 9 June 2024, some 230 students, from 57 different schools arrived under conditions of Amber Rainstorm at Malvern College to participate in the last major scholastic chess event in Hong Kong. The magnificent facilities at Malvern College comfortably accommodated helpers, friends, parents and other family members who accompanied the players. With catering facilities open the whole day and with ample room in the spacious canteen, waiting in between rounds became very much tolerable to both players and those who accompanied them.


To start with the end: a very big congratulations to the St. Joseph's Anglo-Chinese Primary School for winning the Dr. R. Lister Cup 2024, even without any players in the secondary age categories playing.

Winning Players and Accompanying Persons of the 2nd Dr. R. Lister Cup


The event was played over 6 rounds. The points scored by the 4 best players of a school in each age category U8, U10, U12 and U18 were added up to arrive at the School Team Prizes: trophies for the Top 5 schools in U8, U10 and U12 and trophies for the Top 3 schools in U18. The Dr. R. Lister Cup, won in 2023 by Malvern College, would go to the school with the most points added up of their top 4 players in each age category.


In addition to the School Team Prizes the Top 6 players in each age category would also get a trophy and there were trophies for Best Girls and Best U6 as well.


The Prize Table: trophies for individual and school performances with the Dr. R. Lister Cup as the Main Prize to win for the best performing school across all age groups and the Playing Hall.




At the registration counters in the lobby



The registration desks opened up to welcome the players from10am. This time the lanyards/ name tags were not handed out. These would be on the chess boards in playing hall as the first round was already pre-paired. After registration the players and their accompanying persons moved on to the canteen for a coffee or other refreshment and to receive instructions at the technical meeting by David Garceran Nieuwenburg, founder of Caissa.



The Canteen waiting area for the technical meeting


After the technical meeting in the canteen, Vice Principal of Malvern College, Ms Michelle Nardone, welcomed the players in the playing arena.


Welcome from Michelle Nardone, Vice Principal Malvern College, to the seated players.


And we were off to the start 6 rounds chess spectacle.


The Playing Hall - smooth execution of all 6 rounds by our highly capable team of arbiters



The waiting area, the canteen ("The Grub" in Malvernian terminology), was an excellent place for a rest, for a team gathering after each round or simply to enjoy the food and drinks for a full day catering services.


After the full 6 rounds were finished the prize giving was held in the auditorium ("Big School"). Prizes were given out by Malvern College Hong Kong Head Master Mr Paul Wickes.


Words of Appreciation from Paul Wickes, Head Master of Malvern College.



School Team Prize Winners



Happy and Proud Winner of the Dr. R. Lister Cup 2024 - The Cup Can Be Kept One Year...




Age Category Prize Winners


The final prize-winning results were as follows:



Thank you all players for your participation and accompanying family and friends for your positive presence. Another big thanks to Malvern College. We look forward to the 3rd edition in 2025.

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