TBCC Joins JCS As An Official Member Club!

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 16, 2019) - Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) is pleased to announce  that TBCC has joined the National Chess Society of Japan (NCS) as a new official member club. 


NCS is a newly created organization with start-up members, including Yoko Tatsumi, a National Arbiter and a founder of TBCC, who have worked hard to make the transition from the Japan Chess Association (JCA) as smooth as possible.  There still are a lot of obstacles and unknown problems that we need to face.


You will be able to play at all member tournaments including the Club Chess Championship and the FIDE tournaments.  You will also receive a regular e-newsletter with a special member-only link where you can see game analysis of various players.  


If you require a refund from JCA for a remaining period after December 31, 2019 of the annual membership, you will need to send them an email directly with your name, a JCA membership number, and bank account information.  Please note that JCA membership is not transferred to the NCS so that the NCS membership registration is required to join.  If you consider enrolling the Club Chess Championship as a representative player of TBCC, please proceed the NCS membership registration thru TBCC.   


TBCC was founded in January, 2014 with two students of Nishimachi International School.  Since then, TBCC is dedicated to the promotion of the game of chess for all of Tokyo’s school children.  To that end, the TBCC will support the creation of school teams that will lead to tournament play.  Furthermore, the TBCC will make special efforts to reach special needs, at-risk and under-served students.  In this way, the game of chess can serve as a bridge between the varied social and geographical segments in the World.


TBCC wishes to thank its students and parents for their continued support of chess events and activities.
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club has been serving the international schools in the Central Tokyo area for the past five years, promoting chess as an extra-curricular activity.   




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!