As part of his business trip after the cherry blossom season to Japan from England, IM Ameet Ghasi was invited to play a simultaneous exhibition against kids, junior and adult players in the Tokyo Bilingual Chess club on April 21st, 2018. It's not everyday chess players in Japan get to hear from an international master. IM Ghasi played seperate chess games against eleven attendees at one time—eight children and three adults, ratings from approximately 600 up to 2200+, as Simon Schweizer who has just moved to Kamata
from Switzerland. It was announced that his opponents should wait for him to appear at their boards before they make their moves. Your best chance to draw or win against a chess master is to play in a simultaneous exhibition. A middle school student, Haruto Endo, won a game against IM Ghasi. Everyone 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.
It was certainly a fun night to have a dinner with IM Ghasi at the Tempura restaurant - "Isshintei" and a great way to get the community more involved for the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club. Thank you to IM Ghasi 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!