4/8/2017(Sat) Lecture & Simaltaneous Exhibition with IM Igor Bintensky for Kids!

Welcome to Japan and the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club, IM Igor Bintensky!!! 

Come one, come all for casual play.  No lessons, no guidelines.  Just happy, social playtime for English speaking chess players.  This will give everyone something nice to look forward to at the weekend.  

All kids (& adults) are invited for Lecture and Simaltaneous Exhibition by IM Igor Bitensky from Israel. [No interpretation is provided.]

DATE: April 8, 2017, Saturday, 13:00-17:30

LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo



TBCC Members: Individual entry fee is 3,500 yen for adult. 500 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 7,000 yen up to three players from the same family.

Non-members: Individual entry fee is 4,500 yen for adults. 500 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 9,000 yen up to three players from the same family.

18:30- Dinner: 5,000 yen per adult, 2,500 yen per child

For registration, please contact to contact.us@beaconsq.info

Stop by and meet IM Igor Bintensky!


Spring Chess Camp - 3/11/2017

IM Ryosuke Nanjo & CM Alex Averbukh have hosted a spring one-day chess camp on Saturday, March 11h, 2017. Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's policy of "Chess Should be Fun" truly prevails for this cool day of camp! From Chess Leaders to Chess Master, this Camp is sure to captivate, motivate and generate chess players. Each child will receive as much Chess time as they like while enjoying mind clearing fun, cooling and break opportunities.

16 elementary school students showed up for the Spring Chess Camp.  Special thanks to Hilmi Zakaria who had been representing National Chess Player in Malaysia for help with monitoring the games and helping to set up and break down everything.  Also, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world!  March birthday kids received a chess chocolate cake and a gift to enjoy.  A huge thank you to everyone for all of their help and support!


WINTER SPECIAL: Chess For Rookies!

This is the perfect class for experienced players with basic understanding of chess to begin to expand their skills and learn strategies and rules to play effectively in tournaments.
The purpose is to learn critical and strategic thinking skills that promote international life long learning for youth.
Our instructor - Alex Averbukh
                   Term I: 1/24(Tue), 1/31(Tue), 2/7(Tue), 2/14(Tue) [4 lessons/term]    17:30-18:30
                   Term II: 2/21(Tue), 2/28(Tue), 3/7(Tue), 3/14(Tue) [4 lessons/term] 17:30-18:30
                   Term III: 3/21(Tue), 4/4(Tue), 4/11(Tue), 4/21(Tue) [4 lessons/term] 17:30-18:30
                   Term IV: 4/28(Tue), 5/9(Tue), 5/16(Tue), 5/23(Tue) [4 lessons/term] 17:30-18:30
【Place】Details will be provided upon registration.
【Costs】* 12,000 yen for four lessons (3,000 yen/lesson) plus;
                   * 500 yen/lesson for facility fee (2,000 yen/mo)
                   * Trial lesson is offered (2,000 yen/lesson)  *excluding tax.
【Requirements】 Understanding rules and manner applied to public open spaces.
Unlimited membership fee (10,000 yen) is required for this course.

Winter Chess Camp - 12/17/2016

It’s vacation time and kids feel like improving their games in a fun atmosphere?  Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Winter Chess Camp was held on December 17, 2016 and had 15 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!  Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 800, and one for students rated under 800.

The “Beginners Class” was full of talented players

and was taught by TBCC instructor Alex Averbukh.  During the day, basic endgame techniques were covered, building to more advanced concepts.  We had a December birthday celebration that will be lasting a memory.   Party was super fun for our little chess enthusiast and friends.

The top class, or "Master Class", was taught by CM Tran Thanh Tu, the 2016 Japan Chess Champion. 

Many of the students attended the 2016 JCA Club Chapionship as the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's team and have JCA ratings around 1000, and more than half were the 2nd and the 3rd graders.

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. 

Special thanks to a volunteer teaching assistant, Takuma Osaka, grade 7 of ASIJ, who was replacing IM Ryosuke Nanjo (and his wife!) who had illness. Volunteers are always needed to teach chess in the schools and to help run chess clubs for interested students.  Individuals may also help chess clubs acquire necessary equipment and organize student participation in area tournaments.

Thanks 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!