TBCC is going to the NCS Club/Team Championship 2019!

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) proudly announces that we are going to enter the Club/Team Championship 2019 for the forth time as an official member club of National Chess Society of Japan (NCS).  NCS organizes an annual club/team championship for the first time in September 21 & 22, 2019.  The club championship is for teams of 4 (or up to 6 players).  TBCC now accepts your application to play as a member of TBCC in the 2019 club championship via email by August 25, 2019.


The TBCC team will consist of the following members (subject to change):


Board 1:  Alex Averbukh (FIDE 2111)

Board 2: ___Under 18 (TBD)___

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______



Board 1:  TBD (FIDE XXXX)

Board 2: _____Under 18______

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______

As a member of TBCC team, the following are the general requirements for candidates to participate in the NCS's Club/Team Championship:


* Attendance of any official rated tournaments in past

* Attendance at a minimum of one TBCC's scholastic tournament or event in the Class A section with top records (Aug-18-Jul-19)

*  Required to take notations

*  Good etiquette of tournament chess

*  Excellent written and verbal communication in English

*  Open to players with a TBCC membership and a NCS membership



The number of TBCC teams will be based on the entry numbers for the Club Championship and the TBCC director reserves the right to vary the number of TBCC teams based on the actual entry numbers for the event.  FIDE or NCS ratings will be used to guide selection into teams.  Prospective participants cannot easily withdraw or change their plans unless there are alternate players and should consult with the TBCC director


The application deadline is August 25, 2019.  Please send an email to contact.us@beaconsq.info if you would like more information.  Please provide us with name, age as of 1/1/2019, and contact number.  Please also spread the words!


HOORAY!!!  The Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club is here to play at the NCS Club/Team Chess Championship!



Summer Chess Camp - 8/17/2019

It’s summer vacation time and kids feel like improving their games in a fun atmosphere?  Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Summer Chess Camp was held on August 17, 2019 and had 10 students in total who all enjoyed a combination of classroom instruction and playing chess, as well as fun outdoor time with the lunch and snack time!  Players were divided into two groups of similar strength to maximize the learning experience.

Each group had sessions with different instructors.

This format allows the instructors to tune each session to the strengths and needs of the students.  It's almost like one on one instruction from some of the top names in chess in Japan.  Group B was taught by TBCC Director, CM Alex Averbukh.  During the day, basic endgame techniques were covered, building to more advanced concepts.  The top class, or "Master Class", was taught by IM Ryosuke Nanjo, the 2019 Japan Chess Classic Champion.

Small class sizes and top notch instructors make this camp a great opportunity to hone kid's game.

We hope this camp thrives for years to come. It was created to provide full-day care so that parents can leave their children for the day with confidence that camp will be fun and educational. And having multiple levels allows our students to receive targeted training from our level-appropriate and experienced teachers.  

We had the August birthday celebration that will be lasting a memory.  Party was super fun for our little chess enthusiasts and friends. Special thanks to Emi Hasegawa, a photographer, who provided beautiful photos and helped our chess camp for interested students.  

We hope that every player goes home feeling like a winner!  Once again, thank you to all who participated and everyone for supporting our programs!



My son enjoyed his K-5 elementary school chess club in Tokyo.   He was really looking forward to playing the chess club champions from the other international schools at the upper elementary chess club. Then, before the summer break, we learned the bad news. The majority of international schools had no chess club for elementary students in Tokyo to experience the benefit of chess. I started to speak with the school principal, teachers, students and parents.

Afterward I wondered, "could a parent with no expertise in chess start a chess tournament at an elementary school in Tokyo???" After all, I'm barely a good match for my 6 year old son! As it turns out, there were some helpful web sites indicating, this is indeed possible! But, how? A couple of the sites even provided general descriptions of the process of starting a scholastic chess tournament.  However, none gave a good detailed blow-by-blow description of the process with actual requirements, all the necessary documents and materials to pull it off.   I needed a scholastic chess tournament start-up do-it-yourself kit for dummies. But, none existed.

It was hard to put the idea of starting a chess tournament aside, in spite of my ignorance on the subject.  My son and a lot of other kids in Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club stood to benefit a lot from the effort.   

There will be still a lot of details to sort out and materials to prepare for our tournaments and events.  

Let us try!  And then try again!  Hang in there!