9/23/2017(Sat) Casual Play For Adults & Kids!

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.  Some of you may wish to use this time to play out your challenge games in order to move up the rank and make the team!


DATE: September 23, 2017, Saturday, 14:00-18:30

LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo



TBCC Members: Individual entry fee is 2,000 yen for adults. 1,000 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 3,000 yen up to three players from the same family.


Non-members: Individual entry fee is 2,500 yen for adults. 1,000 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 4,000 yen up to three players from the same family.

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

Stop by and meet our members!

Summer Chess Camp - 7/29/2017

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's day camp held on July 29th, 2017 was small but fun.  10 campers from at least 8 schools participated in the day camp, becoming much stronger players.  Our teachers, CM Alex Averbukh and IM Ryosuke Nanjo, are qualified and well prepared for the summer camp. We believe they are very important assets in the development of our students in Japan. Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 1000, and one for students rated under 1000.

Having multiple levels allows our students to receive targeted training from our level-appropriate and experienced teachers.  Thank you to Yuto Otawa for donating a MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM chess set, a first place prize from the 2017 Japan Junior Championship, for the TBCC kids.  The pieces are child-friendly, highly detailed, and true-to-the-film. They may be ideal even for collectors of Gundam movie memorabilia.  TBCC kids enjoyed playing chess with them!    


In addition to the lessons, students played a mini-tournament in the afternoon, with seven rounds. Congratulations to Aki Hasegawa, the first place winner of mini-tournament!  No July birthday kid registered for the camp this summer.  So no cupcake and gift was provided for a birthday celebration.  Instead, kids enjoyed ice candies, cookies, and drinks during the snack time.  As always, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world! 

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club has donated a portion of the profit from the chess camp and scholastic tournaments as well as your thankful donations to the Ishinomaki Children's Newspaper.  It is a newspaper reporting on Ishinomaki today, written by the children of the town, where was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.  The newspaper was included in the souvenir package for kids to bring home. Thanks to all our teachers and parents the students learn new things during the camp, helping them to succeed.


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!