The Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's New year Tournament attracted 13 of the best scholastic players in the central Tokyo area.  Deep thinkers attend this tournament from grades kindergarten up through 6th grade to compete against the strongest competition scholastic chess has to offer.   Several students in Class A were one of talented youngsters rated over the 1000 mark in the Japan Chess Association.

Students have been rapidly improving since taking lessons in the 2017 winter camp. Students in Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club are being taught by the top chess trainers in the world. It is absolutely astounding that we have access to these talented coaches. A huge THANK YOU to our tournament director, CM Alex Averbukh, our instructor, Choua Vang, and Ujjwala Thakar, a student of University of Tokyo, for running a tournament and to Emi Hasegawa for valuable photography. 

Congratulations to our 2018 New Year Chess Tournament winners:

Class A: Ryo Chen with 4.5/5.0

Class A: Ryousuke Sugimoto with 4.0/5.0

Class A: Aarushi Deo with 3.5/5.0

The 1st place winner, Ryo, got a chess set of Mobile Suit Gundam as a prize.

Class B: Yuto Kondo with 4.5/5.0

Class B: Shinya Morita with 4.5/5.0

Class B: Hiroaki Hida with 2.0/5.0

Three players in Class B had never played in the tournament and performed really well.  Most importantly, these little kids had a great time participating in this event for the first time.

All in all, it was a great experience for young players got a good opportunity to display to display their skills.  It has assured us that chess is a game wherein children learn to be responsible for their actions. 


TBCC threw Ryosuke Sugimoto a 12th birthday Chess theme party, during the new year tourament on January 27th.  It was gorgeous for us to have his speech and so much fun.  Happy birthday to Ryosuke!!!

The next big tournament will be the 2nd Interschool Chess Championship in April 2018.  Everyone who works at Tokyo Biligual Chess Club has been involved with organizing and running tournaments for prestigious international schools from last year.

Thanks to all of the parents and kids to participate in the event. If you are serious about providing your children with the best preparatory opportunities for the upcoming country events, consider attending this event. Getting good at something is never really easy but reward for mastering it is priceless.  Try and you will see!  



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!