Juniors shine in brain games
Chess competition proves to be a fun, challenging experience for Hong Kong teens, writes Wong Yat-hei
The 2008 Hong Kong Junior Chess Championships attracted more than 180 participants. It was held at the Kowloon Technical School on November 8 and 9. Many parents were there to encourage their children.
Organised by the Hong Kong Chess Federation, the competition divided participants into four groups - under-18s, under-13s, under-10s and under-7s. Competition in the under-18s and under-13s categories was most fierce.
Melvin Yu Chun-ho, a Form Seven student from King George V School, was the champion in the under-18s playoff, finishing with 5.5 points to win the competition.
'I have been taking part in this competition since I was seven,' he said. 'In 2005, I won the championship and I really hoped to do it again.
'This year's victory is very special because it is the last year I can participate in junior competitions.
'I play chess to strike a balance between physical and mental activities. I play hockey and swimming and I want to do something less physical that challenges the mind.'
Hubert Au Ho-wing, a Form Two student at Chinese International School, won the under-13s tournament for the second consecutive year.
'I'm really happy I was able to defend my title,' he said.
'I felt honoured to win because this is the biggest under-18 chess tournament. I will definitely participate again next year. I love to play chess because it is fun and challenging. It is good exercise for the brain.'
For more information about chess competitions in Hong Kong, visit the federation's website at www.hkchess.org