Winter Chess Camp - 12/16/2017

It’s winter break and kids feel like improving their games in a fun atmosphere.  Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Winter Chess Camp was held on December 16, 2017 and had 12 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.  More than half were the 2nd and the 3rd graders.

The driving force behind the whole production, Camp Director - Alex Averbukh, puts a tremendous amount 

of effort into the camp.  The “Beginners Class” was full of talented players and was taught by TBCC instructor, 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 FM Anton Frisk Kockum from Sweden; the importance of understanding how to improve imagination and creative thinking and perform a blindfold chesswhich are all new to campers.  Many of the students attended the 2017 JCA Club Chapionship as the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's team and have JCA ratings around 1000.

We had a December birthday celebration that will be lasting a memory.   Party was super fun for our little chess enthusiast and friends.

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. 

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.  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!