Summer Chess Camp - 7/29/2017


July 29, 2017 (Sat), 10:30-17:45

Osaki, Shinagawa (2 min walk from JR Osaki station-details to be provided upon registration)

Camper Ages: Rising 3rd-9th graders


IM Ryosuke Nanjo

CM Alex Averbukh


Time Schedule:
10:15 AM
Drop-Off: Campers enter through the Lobby (Details to be provided upon registration) and meet camp faculty and staff in the room for morning roll-call and announcements.

10:30 AM
Morning Session: After an initial skills assessment, campers are divided into three groups. Tactical Tune Up campers play a round of chess using a G/15 time control. Students finishing their game early work with a tutor to review and analyze their game. Checkmate Challenge campers work on honing their middle and endgame checkmate techniques. Chess Crash Course campers start with the foundation of pawn and piece movement, and game-play.

11:35 AM
Late-Morning Session: Campers go to their assigned groups. Instructors will cover a skill level-appropriate topic divided between classroom-style learning and hands-on exercises.

12:30 PM
Lunch: Spend some down-time chatting with friends in the ThinkPark tower or Gate City Osaki. [NOTE: Lunch is not provided. Please bring money to purchase lunch.]

1:30 PM
Afternoon Session: Campers go to their assigned groups. Instructors will cover a skill level-appropriate topic divided between classroom-style learning and hands-on exercises.

2:30 PM
Special Event: This activity varies each day. It could consist of a simul, team human chess, or an opportunity to play Blitz or Bughouse.

3:00 PM
July Birthday Party: Everyone deserves a “hip, hip, hooray” on their birthday. That’s why we throw a monthly party for our birthday kids of the month. [NOTE: Please notify us if your child's birthday is in July.]

3:30 PM
Special Event: This activity varies each day.

 5:30–5:45 PM
Pick-Up: Students are to be picked-up promptly by 5:45 PM at the Lobby.


TBCC Members:  15,000 yen if registration and payment are received before July 21, 2017; 19,000 yen after early registration. 23,000 yen for on-site registration.

Non-Members:  18,000 yen if registration and payment are received before July 21, 2017; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.


Camp registration closes on July 21, 2017 and all payment must be transferred by registration deadline.


Half day session (AM 10:30-12:30 or PM 13:45-17:45) is also available for a half price.


Please send the following information to for registration:

  • Student Name
  • Parent Name
  • School
  • Grade
  • Phone Number
  • Chess Level (rating, experience, etc.)
  • Is your child's birthday in July? (Y/N)

SUMMER SPECIAL: Chess For Rookies!

This is the perfect class for experienced players with basic understanding of chess to begin to expand their skills and learn strategies and rules to play effectively in tournaments.
The purpose is to learn critical and strategic thinking skills that promote international life long learning for youth.
Our instructor - Alex Averbukh
                   Term I: 5/9(Tue), 5/16(Tue), 5/23(Tue), 5/30(Tue) [4 lessons/term]    17:30-18:30
                   Term II: 6/6(Tue), 6/13(Tue), 6/20(Tue), 6/27(Tue) [4 lessons/term] 17:30-18:30
【Place】Details will be provided upon registration.
【Costs】12,000 yen for four lessons (3,000 yen/lesson) plus;
                     500 yen/lesson for facility fee (2,000 yen/mo)
                   * Trial lesson is offered (2,000 yen/lesson)  *excluding tax.
【Requirements】 Understanding rules and manner applied to public open spaces.
Unlimited membership fee (10,000 yen) is required for this course.

Inter-school Chess Championship 2017

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.  


Final results:

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!



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!