ICEA Chess Workshop #1

ICEA Chess

ICEA Kids Chess Workshop #1

2023-04-16 (Sunday) 9am – 11:30am

Thank you to all who played and took part in this workshop!

Held in the recognizable ICEA backyard, 20 kids from ages 5 to 13 participated in a practice tournament aimed at familiarizing them with tournament-style play. The kids were introduced to notation as well as playing with clocks in 10-minute games with a 5-second increment. Four quads were led by Coaches Austin, Felix, Esther, and Alex, and the kids had a good time playing with each other in the rounds as well as during casual blitz games. Afterwards, they enjoyed snacks and drinks, including cupcakes for Felix’s birthday. Additionally, a simul was held for all of the kids to play against the coaches at once, which turned out to be a challenging yet fun experience for them. They learned many tips and tricks from the coaches while playing exciting chess and making new friends. 

The kids played against each other in quads of 4-6 people. In Quad A, Xichen and Amy tied for first place with 2.5/3! In Quad B, there was a three-way tie between Constantine, Joshua, and Taje, all on 2/3 points! In Quad C, the winner was Austin L. with a perfect score of 3/3. In Quad D, Zaven also won with a perfect score of 3/3. 

The registration for the second ICEA Kids Chess Workshop has been posted, and it would be a great opportunity to harness chess skills as well as have fun. In the next workshop, trophies and medals will be presented to the winners of each quad, so make sure to keep practicing and working hard!

–  ICEA Chess Team

About Instructor Alex Wang (National Master):

Alex Wang is a 10th grader at Corona Del Mar high school and a National Master with a peak USCF rating of 2266. Other hobbies that he likes to do are ping-pong and reading. He enjoys sharing his understanding of chess with others. Alex is also the captain of ICEA Chess Team for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship and lead the team won the 1st place of K-12 Championship.


About Instructor Felix:


Felix is a rising 7th grader from Windward School. He has been teaching Math & Chess classes since 2021. He has instructed more than 60 kids in math and more than 10 students got national winner awards. He founded ICEA Kids Chess Club in 2020 and he is also the founder of weekly free program to help other kids to speak in public. He received 2023 AMC 8 Math Competition Honor Roll of Distinction with a perfect score. Felix represented the ICEA Chess Team in the K-8 Championship for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship.


About Instructor Esther Jou

Esther Jou is a 10th grader at Acaciawood Prep in Anaheim and a USCF Expert with a peak rating of 2064. She is a competitive chess player and has many accomplishments, such as winning the 56th Annual American Open U1600, 2nd place in the 32nd Annual North American Open U2100. Esther is also team member of ICEA Chess Team for 2023 SoCal. SuperStates Championship and won the top female in K-12 championship and is nominated to represent Southern California in the WIM Ruth Haring National Tournament of Girls State Champions. She is USChess top list chess player (#3 for Top Girls Age 15, #57 for Top Age 15, and #59 Top Women in the US). She enjoys helping her friends with chess as well as playing volleyball and the guitar in her spare time.


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