The digital arena of Lichess.org witnessed the culmination of intellect and strategy as the International Schools Online Chess League (ISOCL) wrapped up its thrilling Autumn Season 2023-24. Organized by the SCA Chess Academy, the ISOCL stands as a testament to the passion and dedication of students across China Mainland, Hong Kong, and the Philippines.
With the Finals held on January 25th, 2024, the stage was set for an exhilarating showdown among the finest chess minds from these regions. With 77 participants competing in the Final Six and 57 participants in the Challengers’ Final, the competition was fierce and the stakes were high.
The Road to Glory
The Autumn Season comprised three qualifier tournaments held from October to December, where school teams battled fiercely for a coveted spot in the Finals. Following intense competition, the top six school teams qualified for the prestigious Final Six, while teams placing 7th to 12th earned their place in the Challengers’ Final.
This season marked the seventh installment of the ISOCL since its inception in 2020, reflecting its enduring popularity and significance within the chess community.
The Results Unfold
Before announcing the results, let’s provide context about the school teams that qualified for the finals:
The path to the finals of the International Schools Online Chess League (ISOCL) was marked by a diverse array of talents and strategies, reflecting the vibrant chess landscape across regions. In the Final Six, we witnessed a remarkable blend of school teams from Shanghai, Shenzhen, Hong Kong, and Manila, showcasing the global appeal of the tournament.
While the Challengers’ Final saw a dominance of school teams from Shanghai, it also welcomed the inaugural participation of Xiamen International School in the Challengers’ Final. This underscores their team captain’s commendable efforts in promoting chess within the school, leading to improved results with each season.
Notably, International School Manila made a noteworthy debut in the ISOCL, showcasing their chess prowess right from the start. Their participation highlighted the competitive spirit and dedication to the game. International School Manila reclaimed its position of dominance, surpassing Wellington College International Shanghai, the reigning champions of the last four seasons.
Singapore International School Hong Kong‘s inaugural qualification to the Final Six marked a significant milestone, following Harrow from Hong Kong‘s previous season’s entry.
SMIC Private School Shanghai’s consistent excellence was reaffirmed with their third consecutive appearance in the Final Six, while the return of International School of Nanshan Shenzhen underscored the competitive spirit prevalent among school teams.
With two school teams from Shenzhen in the Final Six, a new chess hub is emerging in China Mainland, further enriching the tapestry of chess excellence within the ISOCL community.
Final Six Results
International School Manila
Singapore International School Hong Kong
Wellington College International Shanghai
SMIC Private School Shanghai
International School of Nanshan Shenzhen
Shekou International School Shenzhen
Challengers’ Final Result
Deutsche Schule Shanghai Hongqiao
Concordia International School Shanghai
Dehong Chinese International School Shanghai
Yew Chung International School Puxi
Xiamen International School
Yew Chung International School of Shanghai Pudong
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