Summer Chess Camp - 7/29/2017

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's day camp held on July 29th, 2017 was small but fun.  10 campers from at least 8 schools participated in the day camp, becoming much stronger players.  Our teachers, CM Alex Averbukh and IM Ryosuke Nanjo, are qualified and well prepared for the summer camp. We believe they are very important assets in the development of our students in Japan. Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 1000, and one for students rated under 1000.

Having multiple levels allows our students to receive targeted training from our level-appropriate and experienced teachers.  Thank you to Yuto Otawa for donating a MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM chess set, a first place prize from the 2017 Japan Junior Championship, for the TBCC kids.  The pieces are child-friendly, highly detailed, and true-to-the-film. They may be ideal even for collectors of Gundam movie memorabilia.  TBCC kids enjoyed playing chess with them!    


In addition to the lessons, students played a mini-tournament in the afternoon, with seven rounds. Congratulations to Aki Hasegawa, the first place winner of mini-tournament!  No July birthday kid registered for the camp this summer.  So no cupcake and gift was provided for a birthday celebration.  Instead, kids enjoyed ice candies, cookies, and drinks during the snack time.  As always, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world! 

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club has donated a portion of the profit from the chess camp and scholastic tournaments as well as your thankful donations to the Ishinomaki Children's Newspaper.  It is a newspaper reporting on Ishinomaki today, written by the children of the town, where was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011.  The newspaper was included in the souvenir package for kids to bring home. Thanks to all our teachers and parents the students learn new things during the camp, helping them to succeed.

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)