Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Halloween Scholastic Tournament held on October 27, 2018. The Tournament Director, Alex A., Teacher Kevin I., and Teacher Simon S. made the pairings each round and settled any type of dispute that arose during the game.  Please give them a respect for the difficult job they do.  We could not hold chess tournaments without them!

There were 20 brave souls, that came out during our Halloween Haunt from at least 16 schools.  This is one of the best tournaments since all kids dress up in their Halloween costumes! Although many people believe that chess is just a game, there are many scientific and artistic applications that the game has to offer. Halloween lends itself perfectly to the artistic elements of the game. Children played five rounds showing fine sportsmanship as well as fine ability. 

We had two sections and Class A winners were:


Class A: Kai Tatsumi with 4.5/5.0

Class A: Shota Osaka with 4.0/5.0

Class A: Sayak Chowdhury with 3.5/5.0


The choice of the tie-break system was used in the tournament for Class B.  Class B winners were:

Class B: Harutaro Sudo with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Paulo Galvez with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Fedor Savenkov with 3.5/5.0



Kids and teachers dressed up with the spooky costumes and Salomón Moreno dressed as Super Mario Brothers won the best costume prize!  Start of the tournament was on Salomón's birthday at the 27th October.  Played well and had fun. .Happy birthday to Salomón! 


Congratulations to everyone who came out to participate and make for a great chess community event! Overall, chess is very appealing to many kids as it's interesting, challenging, and a lot of fun to play..

Thank you to all who came out to and participated the Halloween Chess Tournament.  

Stay tuned for the New Year Tournament in 2019!


2018 Club Championship TBCC Teams Results


CM Alex Averbukh

Ryo Chen

Yuhiro Muto

Shota Osaka


Kevin Izquierdo

Aarushi Deo

Sayak Chowdhury

Lira Yoshida


Nicolo Lo Piparo

Prabhat Nagarajan

Kai Tatsumi

Kohta Shizumi



Ryo Shiomi

CM Takuma Osaka

WFM Grace Kigeni Sengendo

Yogesh Bedekar

Ryosuke Sugimoto


Approximately 33 teams, 150 players have participated in the 2018 Japan Club Championship hosted by Japan Chess Association (JCA) on September 23-24, 2018.  An annual event where all chess minds from all over the country come in and compete and try to win the team trophy and the individual medal.

4 TBCC teams are entering the Club Championship 2018 for the third time as an official member circle of JCA.  It’s an awesome unbelievable achievement for our high school, middle school and elementary kids to play all 6 rounds in two days! 

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club team A, D, C & B ranked No. 8, 15, 20 & 33, respectively, in the final standings of the 2018 Japan Club Championship.

Check out chess-results for the final standings and individual performances: 



Thank you, Team Captains!  They encouraged their team always to follow the spirit of the highest sportsmanship!  

Welcome to Tokyo, WFM Grace Kigeni Sengendo and her husband from Uganda.  TBCC girls are so excited to meet her and absolutely loved her in the JCA Club Championship 2018.

Congratulations to all of the winners this year. A medal and gifts were awarded to the top players as board prizes for outstanding individual performance: CM Alex Averbukh (TBCC Team A) for the 1st board & overall individual performance and Prabhat Nagarajan (TBCC Team C) for the 2nd board top player.  TBCC Team A has got the special "Gambatta" prize.  

The Club Championship had a good balance of focus and fun. The students were all there to learn, but also socialize and enjoy themselves.We are all really proud of the heart and effort of all these kids!  Thanks to all the parents and coaches who support scholastic chess in Japan!



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!