New Titles of Hong Kong Players in 42nd Chess Olympiad 2016 in Baku

WCM Crystal Deng, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), CM Yui Kuen Pang, Luke Lau, Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Brian Wong, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Edwin Borigas
WCM Crystal Deng, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), CM Yui Kuen Pang, Luke Lau, Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Brian Wong, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Edwin Borigas
WCM Crystal Deng, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), CM Yui Kuen Pang, Luke Lau, Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Brian Wong, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Edwin Borigas
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Hong Kong Open Team (right)
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CM Pang Yui Kuen, World Woman Champion Hou Yi Fan, FM Brian Wong (left to right)
CM Pang Yui Kuen, World Woman Champion Hou Yi Fan, FM Brian Wong (left to right)
CM Pang Yui Kuen, World Woman Champion Hou Yi Fan, FM Brian Wong (left to right)
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Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), Luke Lau, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, WCM Rachel Lu, Edwin Borigas, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Daniel Lam, CM YuiKuen Pang, Lok Yi Lee, FM Brian Wong [left to right]
Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), Luke Lau, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, WCM Rachel Lu, Edwin Borigas, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Daniel Lam, CM YuiKuen Pang, Lok Yi Lee, FM Brian Wong [left to right]
Michael Cheung (Open Team Captain), Luke Lau, WFM Sigappi Kannappan, WCM Rachel Lu, Edwin Borigas, Robin Lai (Head of Delegation), Sydney Lai (Women Team Captain), FM Daniel Lam, CM YuiKuen Pang, Lok Yi Lee, FM Brian Wong [left to right]
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The players of Hong Kong Open and Women team started their journey to Baku from 1st Sept, 2016 to attend the 42nd Chess Olympiad which is organized once per 2 years.

It is a team event with 180 teams in the Open section and 150 teams in the Women section from countries all over the world and played over 11 rounds. Each round can easily linger past 4-5 hours. It is a contest of chess skill and endurance of the chess players!

In order to anti cheat in the tournament, all players and captains have to past through metal detector and X-ray scan of personal belongings. All phones, and even pens must be stored away before entering into the tournament hall.

The games and pgn files can be viewed live and download from the official website here!

Hong Kong has not been sending women’s team to Olympiad for over 32 years and in the year 2016 we send women’s team once again to Olympiad!!

Hong Kong team has sent an Open team consisted of FM Brian Wong, Daniel King Wai Lam, Luke Lau, Yui Kuen Pang, Edwin Borigas, led by captain Michael Cheung and Head of Delegation Robin Lai while the women team is consisted of WCM Rachel Lu, Sigappi Kannappan, Crystal Jing Xin Deng, Estella Song, and Lok Yi Lee, led by captain Sydney Lai.

Hong Kong women team started with a rating ranking of 108 in the world, at round 8 Hong Kong Women team was once as high as rank 69, and we finished as rank 98! 10 ranks higher than our starting. Hurray!

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Women team’s first board WCM Rachel Lu scored 4 points after 7 games and is eligible for WCM (Woman Candidate Master) title which she already own though. Despite all the pressure from WGM WIM WFM in first board, she managed to draw 2 Woman International Master (WIM) and defeat one Woman Fide Master(WFM). She scored well as board one and earned 55 points rating in this tournament. Way to go Girl!

Our 2nd Board Siggapi Kannappan scored 6 points at round 8 and is entitled to the title of Woman Fide Master before the tournament ends. She won 2 Woman International Master, drew another one, defeated 3 Woman Fide Master, and drew another one. And she finished the tournament awesomely with 8.5 points out of 11 games! She ranked 3rd in board 2 if rank according to points! Congratulation to our new WFM of Hong Kong. She well deserved her WFM (Women Fide Master) Title.

Our 3rd Board Crystal Deng won 4 points after 8 games and got her WCM (Woman Candidate Master) title as well, she scored 2 more points in the remaining 3 games and ended with a 6/11. She even managed to defeat a WFM at round 10. She harvested 78 rating points in this single tournament as well! Congratulation to Crystal!

Our 4th board Estella did not feel well and could not make it to the remaining of the games after round one, while our 5th board Lee Lok Yi seemed to have difficulties facing opponents with average 200 points higher than her. Hope she can perform better next time.

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Our Open team players definitely faced more challenges comparing to our female team. With a starting rank of 132 among 180. the Hong Kong Open team at round 4 reached a peak of rank 92 and faced strong Austria team at round 5.

Our first board FM Brian Wong faced all kinds of title players from CM to GM, and had huge pressure, we will remember your sacrifice!

Our 2nd board Daniel Lam, after defeating 3 FMs (Fide Master), managed to get 6 points at his 9th games and is entitled to get his FM Title and finished the tournament with a 2293 performance rating! Congratulations Daniel. New Fide Master of Hong Kong.

Our 3rd board Luke Lau seemed to be quite unlucky and faced players ranges from 50 to 400+ rating points higher than him (3 of them are 2400+) and had an uneasy time with his games.

Our 4th Board Yui Kuen Pang scored 4 points in his 7th games, defeating a CM, and is entitled to a CM as well (Candidate Master). Congratulation Pang!

Our 5th board is Edwin Borigas scored 3 points out of 7 games, and was once very close to get a title, but he could not score a win at his 8th game and barely missed it. Hope he can get it next time.

It is a very great experience for the players, parents, and captains of the team to attend the biggest chess event in 2 years playing against players around the world.

We will be back in 2018 in Georgia for the 43rd Chess Olympiad!!!!!!


Words from our new Woman Fide Master (WFM) Sigappi Kannappan [right]:

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Thank you very much for sending women’s team to Baku 2016 Olympiad.  Representing the Nation is a dream. And never thinks about participation in chess Olympiad before. It’s all comes true because of you all!

Special thanks to Robin, Sydney, KK and Brian! Robin always cheer up and motivating all of us. As a women’s team captain Sydney always closely watched all of our games and analysed well.

I got 8.5 points / 11 rounds. 3rd place in Board No.2 according by points. 9th place out of over all players according to the points. “WCM and WFM” all these titles dedicated to “HONG KONG CHESS FEDERATION LIMITED”.

Once again thank you so much!


Words from our new Fide Master (FM) Daniel King Wai Lam

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Daniel Lam had the worst start of all the Hong Kong players — losing in 18 moves and under an hour, to perhaps the most famous player Africa has produced — Grandmaster Ahmed Adly from Egypt, who is the only African player to have won a World Title (Under-20 Champion in 2007). Being the player who was most off-form, he voluntarily opted out of Round 2. On his day off, he regained his composure and won Rounds 3 and 4. Even though he lost Rounds 5 and 6, he was most grateful to his opponents, who shared their thoughts during the post mortem, and allowed Daniel to understand what he has to do to improve further.

With 2/5, and the FM title being 6/9, Daniel must get 4/4 in his next games. He remained faithful to his preparation, and did not back down from sharp opening variations. Instead of aiming for results, he focused upon just playing to his best ability game by game. With sheer willpower to win, as well as some aggressive and forceful play, he managed to win all his following 4 games, and obtained the FM-title with one round to spare. His final tally of 6.5/10 and close to 2,300 in rating performance, was the best out of all the Hong Kong players.

He believed the great team atmosphere contributed to his success in this tournament. Of course, the change of rule in players’ selection by the new committee, in-line with international practice, also allowed someone like Daniel, who has the ability to compete, but not able to play in the qualifier due to work commitment, to participate in the tournament in the first place.


Words from our Women Team Board one WCM Rachel Lu:

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It’s been a wonderful learning experience for me at the 42nd Baku chess olympiad and I played some of the strongest and highest rated players I ever had in my life. Although I suffered many losses as the board 1 of the Hong Kong women team, these losses have helped me learn from my mistakes and gain new knowledge. It was an extremely tough tournament but I think that Hong Kong team performed well.

I would like to thank the Hong Kong chess federation at organising a women team to participate in the world chess olympiad for the first time in so many years and thus enabling me and the rest of the women team to embark on this amazing chess adventure.
Thank you once again!

Words from accompanying person David Lu (Rachel’s Daddy) :

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This was a miraculous journey. As an accompanying person, I stood in the stands watching so many top players – which before were consigned to the pages of books – playing with people in the Hong Kong team which I knew. In my opinion, that was a very rare, precious experience.

Furthermore, Hong Kong not only participated in this competition, but did very well – we can see this from their attainments. But these results were not easily gotten; hours of hard work, pressure, exhaustion – all of these went into them.
I believe that this year’s achievements will encourage more people to compete next time, and ensure even greater success in the 2018 Olympiad!



Hong Kong Autumn Rapid 2016

The schedule is as follows

Round Day of week Date
1,2 & 3 Monday 19th September
4,5,& 6 Thursday 22nd September
7,8, & 9 Monday 26th September

All those interested in playing in this 9 round event please come to the Committee Rooms at the Queen Elisabeth Stadium on Thursday 19th September at 6:30pm and register.

Regulations – Autumn Rapid 2016  (click to download)

Fee: Non members HKD200 each.

NOTE: These events are FIDE rated therefore you must have a valid FIDE ID to enter.




42nd Olympiad – HKG Open & Women

Team news & updates

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After a rough start fighting team of Gm Im , the hongkong man team scored 2 straight win after 2 loss.

In round 5 hong kong will play against starting rank 34 team Austria composed of 2 grandmasters and 3 international masters while the women team scored one win already and will face monaco team in round 5.

You can watch the baku games live or download the pgn file at their official web site.

http://www1.bakuchessolympiad.com//

You can also check the pairings and results here at http://www.chess-results.com/tnr232875.aspx?lan=1&art=20&fed=HKG&flag=30&wi=821




Hong Kong International

This event is postponed to December 2016. Please wait for announcement of the dates here.




Gm Ju Wenjen simul at Arnold

It has been a pleasure of HKCF to have invited Woman World No2 ranked GM Ju wenjen to display a simul vs 25 in Arnold Asia Classics , achieving  good results of 20 wins and 5 draws . Here are some of the interesting moments in simul and our kids are showing resillient plays. we all have funs in this event .

Those who drew Gm Ju include : Crystal Deng , Hu Yik Kwan , Robin Lai , Sydney Lai ,Joe Lau

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Autumn Swiss 2016

The schedule is as follows

Round

Day of week Date

1

Wednesday 31st August
2 Monday

5th September

3

Thursday 8th September
4 Monday

12th September

5 Thursday

15th September

All those interested in playing in this 5 round event please come to the Committee Rooms at the Queen Elisabeth Stadium on Wednesday 31st August at 6:30pm and register.

Autumn Swiss 2016 (click to download)

Fee: Non members HKD200 each.

NOTE: These events are FIDE rated therefore you must have a valid FIDE ID to enter.




Hong Kong won 2nd place in U8 and G12 in the East Asian Chess Championships 2016

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East Asian Chess Championships 2016 was held from 4th to 11th August in South Korea. A total of 120+ players from countries of East Asian has participated.

There were a total of 12 players sent to Korea by the Federation, ranges from U8 to U18, namely CM Bao Jin Wen, Mahir Uppal, Savin Peramunkettilleke in U8, Kaden Timothy Chan, Seth Peramunkettilleke, Steven Kong in U10, Rachel Lu in G12, Huang Ho Pang, Pak Liu in U12, Oliver Yau in U14, Brian Wong in U16, and Henry Chun Ming Law in U18 participated in this 9 rounds tournament.

They were accompanied by their parents and led by Head of Delegation Sydney Lai.

Rachel Lu won G12 2nd place

In G12 section, our player Rachel Lu scored 2nd place and has acquired the title of WCM – Woman Candidate Master and became the 2nd WCM in Hong Kong Chess History! Hurray!

CM Bao Jin Wen won 2nd place in U8

In U8 section, our CM Bao Jinwen also won 2nd place and is eligible to acquire the title CM Candidate Master as well, but as he is already one though.

In U14 Section, our player Oliver Yau ranked 6th, in u10 Section, our player Kaden Timothy Chan scored 5th place while in U12 Section, our player Huang Ho Pang ranked 4th and barely missed the medal.

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In the world youth mind sports fair, our player Savin Peramunkettilleke (right) has won 2nd place in U7 Section of the Rapid Game.

The experiences and memories of S. Korea are invaluable for our players and parents.

We are looking forward for another tournament in the coming future!

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Oliver Playing on Table 1
Oliver Playing on Table 1
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Huang Ho Pang preparing!
Huang Ho Pang preparing!
Huang Ho Pang preparing!
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kaden in table 1 of U10
kaden in table 1 of U10
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Sydney and the boys
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Go go Liu Pak!
Go go Liu Pak!
Go go Liu Pak!
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seaweed, kid’s favourite
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2016 Olympiad team profile

This year we are sending male and female teams to Baku . On 21 August , we had a Pledge Ceremony at Arnold Asia Classic and a warm up match against challengers.

Result is   male team won      female team a draw .

We will keep you posted .More profile and photos to follow afterwards  .

Stay tuned

FM Brian Wong (Open Team)
FM Brian Wong (Open Team)
FM Brian Wong (Open Team)
WCM Rachel Lu (Women Team)
WCM Rachel Lu (Women Team)
WCM Rachel Lu (Women Team)

 




Hong Kong Players scored good results in Asian Dragon 2016 Chess Championships

The 10th Asian Dragons International Chess Tournament was held from 6-13 August 2016 in Taipei, Taiwan. A total of 39 players from Japan, Korea, Singapore, Canada, mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan participated in the tournament.

Four Hong Kong players, namely Alex Tang Tze Sang, Henry Ho In Hei, James Kwong Wing Ki and Harold Kwong Wing Shun, took part in the 9-round-tournament.  Alex and Henry played in the Open session while James and Harold played for Under-16. James Kwong won the 5th prize in U16.

Apart from playing chess, meeting new friends at the tournament and enjoying the Taipei city were also  valuable experiences for the participants.

James won 5th place in U16
James won 5th place in U16
James won 5th place in U16
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Hong Kong Team Members
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enjoying a game of chess
enjoying a game of chess
Harold in game!
Harold in game!
Harold in game!



Rundown – Arnold Schwarzenegger Multi Sports Festival 2016

Arnold Classic Chess Open

Saturday 20 & Sunday 21 August

10.00am – 6.00pm

Individual Events:

Junior U16 / Open

Rundown as of 20 Aug – Arnold Classic Asia Chess Open 2016

Rundown as of 21 Aug – GM Ju Wenjun Simultaneous Chess Exhibition

Have you ever heard the term “mind sport”? The chess tournament is certainly one of them. We are working with The Hong Kong Chess Federation to develop a challenging chess program at the Arnold Classic Asia Multi-Sport Festival.

Format:

Number of players : 16 each section (space is limited, on a first come first serve basis)

Format: Swiss System 7 rounds Rapid (15mins +10 seconds from move #1 each side)

For registration information visit www.hongkongchess.com

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