On Saturday, April 15, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club held the 2017 Inter-School Chess Championship at Nishimachi International School. This was our first tournament with a middle and elementary school and the number of participants swelled to 22 players, representing 4 schools across Tokyo. The five round dual rated G/25+5 sec. tournament offered an opportunity for Tournament players to put their endurance and
skill to the test against awide variety of playing strengths.
1. The American School in Japan - 11.5/16.0
2. Tathva International School - 11.0/16.0
3. Nishimachi International School #1 - 8.5/16.0
4. Russian Embassy School in Tokyo - 5.0/16.0
5. Nishimachi International School #2 - 4.0/16.0
Congratulations to all of the winners, and thank you for all the families that made this tournament possible. These were some really tough matches - we were really proud of how our players performed, and with the good sportsmanship shown along the way. The 1st place winners of ASIJ team received free entry fee for the 8th scholastic chess tournament this summer, 2017. A big thank you goes out to CM Alex Averbukh, our Tournament Director, IM Ryosuke Nanjo, FM Anton Frisk
Kockum from Sweden, Kevin Izquierdov from New York, Emi Hasegawa for wonderful photos, and Larry Knipfing, the Nishimachi Chess Club teacher. We would like to thank the Nishimachi International School for sponsoring this event and helping to bring competitive chess to this city! Our next scholastic tournament will be on June 3rd (Sat), 2017. We look forward to seeing our students achieve even more success and personal growth in the future!
As part of his private trip during the cherry blossom season to Japan from Israel, IM Igor Bitensky was invited to play a simultaneous exhibition against kids, junior and adult players in the Tokyo Bilingual Chess club on April 8th, 2017. It's not everyday chess players in Japan get to hear from an international master. IM Bitensky played nine separate chess games against nine attendees at one time—six children and three adults, ratings from approximately 600 up to 1900+, as FM Anton Frisk Kockum from Sweden and CM Alex
Averbukh gave educational commentary of the games. IM Bitensky won all nine games. He also gave a chess lecture on one of his memorable games. Everyone in attendance had a fun time watching and learning more about the game, and the players all enjoyed playing such a famous international master who came from outside of Japan.
After a very informative lecture and entertaining simultaneous exhibition, it was certainly a fun night to have a dinner with IM Bitensky at the Tempura restaurant - "Isshintei" and a great way to get the community more involved for the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club. Thank you to the staff and parents who helped make this event a success and IM Bitensky for a lasting, memorable, and inspirational experience that will be remembered for years to come for kids. We look forward to similar events in the future!
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!