Winter Chess Camp - 12/17/2016

It’s vacation time and kids feel like improving their games in a fun atmosphere?  Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Winter Chess Camp was held on December 17, 2016 and had 15 students in total who all enjoyed a combination of classroom instruction and playing chess, as well as fun outdoor time with the lunch and snack time!  Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 800, and one for students rated under 800.

The “Beginners Class” was full of talented players

and was taught by TBCC instructor Alex Averbukh.  During the day, basic endgame techniques were covered, building to more advanced concepts.  We had a December birthday celebration that will be lasting a memory.   Party was super fun for our little chess enthusiast and friends.

The top class, or "Master Class", was taught by CM Tran Thanh Tu, the 2016 Japan Chess Champion. 

Many of the students attended the 2016 JCA Club Chapionship as the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's team and have JCA ratings around 1000, and more than half were the 2nd and the 3rd graders.

We hope this camp thrives for years to come. It was created to provide full-day care so that parents can leave their children for the day with confidence that camp will be fun and educational. And having multiple levels allows our students to receive targeted training from our level-appropriate and experienced teachers. 

Special thanks to a volunteer teaching assistant, Takuma Osaka, grade 7 of ASIJ, who was replacing IM Ryosuke Nanjo (and his wife!) who had illness. Volunteers are always needed to teach chess in the schools and to help run chess clubs for interested students.  Individuals may also help chess clubs acquire necessary equipment and organize student participation in area tournaments.

Thanks everyone for supporting our programs!

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