On Saturday, April 15, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club held the 2017 Inter-School Chess Championship at Nishimachi International School. This was our first tournament with a middle and elementary school and the number of participants swelled to 22 players, representing 4 schools across Tokyo. The five round dual rated G/25+5 sec. tournament offered an opportunity for Tournament players to put their endurance and
As part of his private trip during the cherry blossom season to Japan from Israel, IM Igor Bitensky was invited to play a simultaneous exhibition against kids, junior and adult players in the Tokyo Bilingual Chess club on April 8th, 2017. It's not everyday chess players in Japan get to hear from an international master. IM Bitensky played nine separate chess games against nine attendees at one time—six children and three adults, ratings from approximately 600 up to 1900+, as FM Anton Frisk Kockum from Sweden and CM Alex
IM Ryosuke Nanjo & CM Alex Averbukh have hosted a spring one-day chess camp on Saturday, March 11h, 2017. Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's policy of "Chess Should be Fun" truly prevails for this cool day of camp! From Chess Leaders to Chess Master, this Camp is sure to captivate, motivate and generate chess players. Each child will receive as much Chess time as they like while enjoying mind clearing fun, cooling and break opportunities.
Come one, come all for casual play. No lessons, no guidelines. Just happy, social playtime for English speaking chess players. This will give everyone something nice to look forward to at the weekend.
All kids (& adults) are invited for Lecture and Simaltaneous Exhibition by IM Igor Bitensky from Israel. [No interpretation is provided.]
DATE: April 8, 2017, Saturday, 13:00-17:30
LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club had a great turnout for our new year scholastic chess tournament this past Saturday, January 28, 2017. There were a total of 16 players vying for various trophies and prizes. The field of 16 players was split into two sections, an open section (Class A) and a U1000 section (Class B). The kids and parents were all great and we couldn’t have asked for a better group. Special donations (Harry Potter merchandises & chess books!) were provided for winners to take as a prize.
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
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Halloween Scholastic Tournament held on October 1, 2016; our first all day event with the time control of 25 min. + 5 sec. increment. We know October 1st was a bit early for Halloween, but really fun! The Tournament Director, Alex A., and Teacher Ken 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!
Come one, come all for casual play. No lessons, no guidelines. Just happy, social playtime for English speaking chess players. This will give everyone something nice to look forward to at the weekend. Some of you may wish to use this time to play out your challenge games in order to move up the rank and make the team!
DATE: November 26, 2016, Saturday, 14:00-18:30
LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
On September 17th, 2016, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club had the Club Championship Preparation & Casual Chess Day and 20 players showed up for that. In a team setting, it is very important to stress team camaraderie. Teacher Alex told the children that whatever is good for anyone is good for everyone. If a teammate is having a rough time, it is everyone else's job to come together to support and encourage that person. If someone is winning and you are not, be glad for them. As long as they are winning, that is good for the whole team.
We are grateful to the SSCL team of Japan Chess Association (JCA) for permission to take four players from Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club in the SSCL Friendship Tournament on November 6th (Sun), 2016.
EVENT: SSCL Friendship Tournament
DATE: November 6th (Sun), 2016
FORMAT: 4 Rounds, Unrated, G30
TIME: Check-in by 10am (TBD)
10:30 R1, 12:20 R2, 13:30 R3, 14:40 R4
LOCATION: Chess Center (Rm 105, 6-16-8, Ikegami, Ota-ku, Tokyo, 146-0082) Phone 03-3753-3391
3 minutes from Ikegami station, Tokyu Ikegami Line
ENTRY FEE: 2,000 yen (subject to change) payable to SSCL at the chess center (cash only please)
LANGUAGE: Japanese (We will help you with interpretations, so no worries!)
AWARD: Commemorative shield for winners in upper graders & lower graders categories.
Time Is Running Out! We Need Chess Clocks.
Our students need chess clocks! As our students are getting better, the tournaments we go to require the use of clocks. Clocks are not always provided at the tournaments. TBCC students are preparing for World Cadets! The students spend hours each week improving their chess skills. As part of our schools wide mission, we strongly believe in providing enriching experiences for all students. The students have received weekly chess instruction since 2014.
Currently, we are one of the few teams from Tokyo regularly competing in scholastic tournaments around the city. The children receive weekly chess instruction during the school day and volunteer in our chess club after school. They love to compete and are extremely excited to challenge themselves and look forward to showing what students in Tokyo can do with hard work and determination.
While we had five clocks donated by parents from ASIJ two years ago to practice with, four out of five are now broken due to heavy usages by small children.
You can help us by making a donation to TBCC! Please contact us for your support!
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club proudly announces that 3 TBCC teams are going to enter the Club Championship 2016 for the first time as an offical member circle of Japan Chess Association (JCA).
Event: 2016 JCA Club Championship
Date: September 18 (Sun) & 19 (Mon), 2016
Place: Ota City Industrial Plaza
Time Control: Swiss 6 rounds (Fischer mode 50 min + 30 sec)
09:40 R1, R4
13:00 R2, R5
16:00 R3, R6
Team Composition and Board Order
A team shall consist of 4 players (maximum 6 players per team) who are listed below:
Team A [Day 1 & 2]
Alex Averbukh (Captain)
Team B [Day 1 & 2]
IM Shinya Kojima (Captain)
Team C [Day 1]
Lin Pin-Chen (Gary)
Domenic Clark (Captain)
Team C [Day 2]
Domenic Clark (Captain)
Captains per team are appointed. Board order is subject to change. All teams shall abide by these rules and regulations and any matters not covered for in these rules and regulations shall be at the discretion of the TBCC director or the head coach whose decision shall be final and no correspondences shall be entertained.
Welcome IM Ryosuke Nanjo for 2016 Club Championship as a head coach of TBCC teams. IM Nanjo will provide analysis and preparations to players as they finish the round on site on an availability basis.
All players must be in the TBCC team poloshirt and proper attire.
Practices (Casual Play Day) will be held on September 17th (Sat) from 2pm in Osaki, Shinagawa. It's a great opportunity to meet your members. Kids who play on a team need time to bond. Location details will be provided upon preregistration.
All players are expected to play all rounds of the day(s) confirmed unless Coach decides and withdrawal is required for medical or other emergency reasons. No refunds will be given after August 28, 2016.
Chess Is A Team Sport!
Do not underestimate the power inherent in playing as a team or the reward felt by teammates who enjoy a very different level of achievement by participating together. TBCC assigns every new player and experienced player (Captain) on our team to be a tournament buddy, who will help go over games during a tournament, offer moral support, and participate in a special practice before the first tournament to help the new student get ready.
We've got a lot of chess through summer!
On August 27th, 2016, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club had a casual chess day and 28 players showed up for that. They dropped in and found their own opponents among our friendly casual players!
TBCC were treated to a fun day of chess as FIDE Master Anton Frisk Kockum stopped by to play casual chess. As always, Anton was a gracious player!
Looking for a place to meet other chess players this fall? Try out a new opening without trashing your rating? Spar with strong chess players of all ages? Relax and play a game? A meeting room in Hiroo, centrally located just in frong of Arisugawa Park, is a great venue for (relatively) casual chess!
Come up to the 3nd floor and you'll find chessboards, clocks, and great chess players in the Japanese Tatami room. (Details for venue will be provided upon registration.)
ENTRY FEES: Individual entry fee is 2,000 yen for adults. 1,000 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 3,000 yen up to three players from the same family. Membership fee is waived for the first time visitor.
Please note that tt is highly recommended that kids obtain a 800 JCA rating at minimum before joining.
Come one, come all for casual play and preparation for JCA club championship to be held on 9/18-19. Just happy, social playtime for English speaking chess players. This will give everyone something nice to look forward to at the weekend. Some of you may wish to use this time to play out your challenge games in order to move up the rank and make the team!
DATE: September 17, 2016, Saturday, 14:00-18:30
LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo
IM Ryosuke Nanjo & Couch Alex Averbukh have hosted a summer one-day chess camp on Saturday, August 6th, 2016. TBCC would like to thank all our parents for supporting scholastic chess for their children by allowing them to be immersed in our instructional, fun chess camp at Osaki, Shinagawa, Tokyo. Children grade 1 to 6 were welcome to start off their summer vacation by attending this fun-filled event! There were chess instruction, games, food and outdoor activities.