Summer Chess Camp - 8/17/2019


August 17, 2019 (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


CM Alex Averbukh   

Kevin Izquierdo

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

August 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 August.]

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 August 10, 2019; 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 August 10, 2019; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.


Camp registration closes on August 10, 2019 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)


Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's 14th Scholastic Tournament held on June 1, 2019 with the time control of 25 min. + 5 sec. increment.  The Tournament Director, CM Alex Averbukh and WCM Natsumi Kojima made the pairings each round and settled any type of dispute that arose during the game.  WCM Natsumi brought us a special prize for the 1st place winner of group A.   We could not hold chess tournaments without them!

There were 15 young players, that came out during our tournament from at least 8 schools.  Although many people believe that chess is just a game, there are many scientific and artistic applications that the game has to offer.  Children played five rounds showing fine sportsmanship as well as fine ability. We won't be so concerned about preparation because the results are not as meaningful this time and we can focus on making sure kids are getting an enjoyable and edifying chess experience.   

When two or more players ended up with the same score, we will have a blitz chess play-off, in which champions play one game of five-minute chess to determine who wins which trophy.

We had two sections and the winners after tie-breaks were:


Class A: Kai Tatsumi with 4.5/5.0

Class A: Shota Osaka with 4.5/5.0

Class A: Stepan Nikitin with 3.0/5.0

Class B: Eito Takada with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Paulo Galvez with 3.5/5.0

Class B: Kino Nakanishi with 3.0/5.0

Class B: Jayden Tan with 3.0/5.0

Class B: Fedor Savenkov with 3.0/5.0


Congratulations to everyone who came out to participate and make for a great chess community event! 

We wish all of these bright young players continued success and hope to meet them and their parents again in the future. We are curious to see what changes will occur in the next few months that will make them stronger than 1000 in practice for the Japan Cadets Championship in July 2019. 

Stay tuned for the One-Day Summer Chess Camp in 2019!


Interschool Chess Championship 2019

An opportunity to be recognized as the best school team for chess is here in Tokyo again!  On Saturday, May 18,  the 2019 Inter-school Chess Championship was organized by Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club at Nishimachi International School.  13 students from 2 esteemed middle and elementary schools across Tokyo had participated in this championship.  The three round dual rated G/25+5 sec. tournament offered an opportunity for young players to put their endurance and skills to the games against a wide variety of playing strengths. 

Nicolo Pipalo, who was a Nishimachi Chess Club coach in 2017-2018, has returned to Nishimachi to help out two teams. The teams performed brilliantly and a highlight of our results are listed below:


1. Nishimachi International School #1 - 7.5/8.0

2. Nishimachi International School #2 - 2.5/8.0

3. The American School in Japan - 2.0/8.0


Well done, all of you!     

CM Alex Averbukh and Simon Schweizer's visits culminated in a simultaneous chess match against 13 students of ASIJ and Nishimachi and an alumni of Nishimachi. A Simultaneous Chess Exhibition (Simul) is when a strong chess player plays many opponents at the same time, moving quickly from board to board. The player makes his move when the master shos up at his board. The master responds quickly and moves on.    

We are inspired by the good sportsmanship, good ideas and positive mindsets that made the day special one. For those teams who came along and participated over the weekend, thank you for your hard work throughout the year and we hope you had a great time.  This championship would not be possible without the continued support from players, parents, chess instructors and schools. 

Thank you!

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TBCC Joins JCS As An Official Member Club!

TOKYO, Japan (Feb. 16, 2019) - Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) is pleased to announce  that TBCC has joined the National Chess Society of Japan (NCS) as a new official member club. 


NCS is a newly created organization with start-up members, including Yoko Tatsumi, a National Arbiter and a founder of TBCC, who have worked hard to make the transition from the Japan Chess Association (JCA) as smooth as possible.  There still are a lot of obstacles and unknown problems that we need to face.


You will be able to play at all member tournaments including the Club Chess Championship and the FIDE tournaments.  You will also receive a regular e-newsletter with a special member-only link where you can see game analysis of various players.  


If you require a refund from JCA for a remaining period after December 31, 2019 of the annual membership, you will need to send them an email directly with your name, a JCA membership number, and bank account information.  Please note that JCA membership is not transferred to the NCS so that the NCS membership registration is required to join.  If you consider enrolling the Club Chess Championship as a representative player of TBCC, please proceed the NCS membership registration thru TBCC.   


TBCC was founded in January, 2014 with two students of Nishimachi International School.  Since then, TBCC is dedicated to the promotion of the game of chess for all of Tokyo’s school children.  To that end, the TBCC will support the creation of school teams that will lead to tournament play.  Furthermore, the TBCC will make special efforts to reach special needs, at-risk and under-served students.  In this way, the game of chess can serve as a bridge between the varied social and geographical segments in the World.


TBCC wishes to thank its students and parents for their continued support of chess events and activities.
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club has been serving the international schools in the Central Tokyo area for the past five years, promoting chess as an extra-curricular activity.   




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!