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!
WINTER DAY CAMP
December 17, 2016, 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 Tran, Thanh Tu
Drop-Off: Campers enter through the Lobby (Details to be provided upon registration) and meet camp faculty and staff in the Room #2 for morning roll-call and announcements.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
Special Event: This activity varies each day. It could consist of a simul, team human chess, or an opportunity to play Blitz or Bughouse.
December 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 December.]
Special Event: This activity varies each day.
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 Dec. 9, 2016; 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 Dec. 9, 2016; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.
Camp registration closes on Dec. 16, 2016 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for registration: