Summer Chess Camp - 7/28/2018

It’s vacation time and kids felt like improving their games in a fun atmosphere.  While Typhoon No. 12 was on its way for Tokyo, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Summer Chess Camp was held on July 28, 2018 and had 9 young players 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 1000, and one for students rated under 1000.

The “Beginners Class” was full of talented playersand was taught by TBCC instructor Kevin C.  Izquierdo.  During the day, basic endgame techniques were covered, building to more advanced concepts. The "Master Class", gathered the most kids - 5 young and talended players, led by Camp Director - CM Alex Averbukh, who put a tremendous amount of effort into the camp. The topics were the importance of understanding theoretical moves in some endgames positions and how to improve imagination, and creative thinking.

Many of the students attended the 2018 JCA Club Chapionship as the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's team and have JCA ratings around 1000, and more than half were the 3rd and the 4th 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. 


We had a July birthday celebration that will be lasting a memory.   Party was super fun for our little chess enthusiast and friends.  Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club donates a portion of the profit from chess camp and tournaments as well as your thankful donations to the Ishinomaki Children's Newspaper, which is a newspaper reporting on Ishinomaki today, written by the children of the twon, 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. As always, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world!  Thanks everyone for supporting our programs.

Stay tuned for the 12th Scholastic Tournament this Fall!



On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, 15 elementary school students showed up for the Suumer Tournament.  Deep thinkers attend this tournament from grades 1st up through 5th grade to compete against the strongest competition scholastic chess has to offer. This event is one of the strongest events to help your child prepare for the official level competition.  Several students in Class A were one of talented youngsters rated over the 1100 mark in the Japan Chess Association.

Students in Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club are being taught by the top chess trainers in the world. It is absolutely astounding that we have access to these talented coaches. Students have been rapidly improving since taking lessons. 

With so many players in the tournament, many scores were tied. Tiebreaks resolved all the exciting matches and the winner can be found in the table below:

Class A: Ryo Chen with 5.0/5.0

Class A: Aarushi Deo with 3.5/5.0

Class A: Sayak Chowdhury with 3.0/5.0

Class A: Aki Hasegawa with 3.0/5.0



Class B: Shinya Morita with 3.0/5.0

Class B: Yuki Yamaguchi with 3.0/5.0

Class B: Tomoaki Nakaoka with 1.5/5.0

Class B: Jayden Tan with 1.5/5.0

Ryo Shiomi, a former Japan champion, has stopped by during the tournament to present torophies to winners. Remember!  Even though we love rewarding all our top players for their chess excellence, we reward everyone who comes and we acknowledge all our players and think they are just the bees-knees for coming out, challenging themselves, enjoying chess and having a great day of family and community chess fun! 

The next big tournament will be Fall 2018.  Everyone who works at Tokyo Biligual Chess Club has been involved with organizing and running tournaments. If you are serious about providing your children with the best preparatory opportunities for the upcoming country events, consider attending this event. Getting good at something is never really easy but reward for mastering it is priceless.  Try and you will see!


Summer Chess Camp - 7/28/2018

Weather arrangement:

Chess camp will be open today, July 28th (Sat).


However, heavy rain warning is in effect from 3pm so that an early closure at 4pm is planned (subject to change). 


We really appreciate your understanding.  Thank you and stay dry!  


July 28, 2018 (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
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 20, 2018; 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 20, 2018; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.


Camp registration closes on July 20, 2018 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)

2018 Club Championship TBCC Teams Announcement


Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club proudly announces that 3 or 4 TBCC teams are going to enter the Club Championship 2018 for the third time as an official member circle of Japan Chess Association (JCA).


Event: 2018 JCA Club Championship

Date: September 16 (Sun) & 17 (Mon), 2018 

Place: Ikegami Kaikan (TBD)

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 

 CM Alex Averbukh (Captain)

 Kai Tatsumi

 Shota Osaka

 Yuhiro Muto


Team B

 FM Anton Frisk Kockum (Captain)

 Haruto Endo

 Ryosuke Sugimoto

 Aarushi Deo 


Team C

 Jeremi Nodon (Captain)

 Domenic Clark

 Andrew Bergenthal

 Yuma Suzuki


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 2017 Club Championship as a head coach of TBCC teams.   IM Nanjo will provide analysis and preparations to young players as they finish the round on site on an availability basis. 



All players must be in the TBCC team poloshirt and proper attire for two days.


Cancellation Policy

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 18, 2017.


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.


Moms & Dads Backup Member Wanted! 

If your family member of the player wants to become a backup member of the team read requirements of participation and send us email to by 5pm, September 3rd, 2017. (JCA membership is required.) Submitting the email results in the automatic placing of a candidate for the family member's team.  Participation is free.  Please understand that the backup member is required to be present before each round, however, most likely NOT playing unless a player's withdrawal is confirmed for medical or other emergency reasons. 

TBCC is going to the JCA Club Championship 2018!

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) proudly announces that we are going to enter the Club Championship 2018 for the third time as an official member circle of Japan Chess Association (JCA).  JCA organizes an annual club championship for member associations in September every year.  The club championship is for teams of 4 (or up to 6 players).  TBCC now accepts your application to play as a member of TBCC in the 2018 club championship via email by July 31, 2018.


The TBCC team will consist of the following members (subject to change):


Board 1:  Alex Averbukh (FIDE 2101)

Board 2: ___Under 18 (TBD)___

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______



Board 1:  TBD (FIDE XXXX)

Board 2: _____Under 18______

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______

As a member of TBCC team, the following are the general requirements for candidates to participate in the JCA's Club Championship:


* Attendance of any official rated tournaments in past

* Attendance at a minimum of one TBCC's scholastic tournament or event in the Class A section with top records (Aug-17-Jul-18)

*  Required to take notations

*  Good etiquette of tournament chess

*  Excellent written and verbal communication in English

*  Open to players with a TBCC membership as well as a JCA membership.  (The JCA annual membership is available for purchase thru TBCC with an approx. 50% discount of regular annual fee for child. The JCA membership for adults is also available for purchase thru TBCC with a regular rate.)


The number of TBCC teams will be based on the entry numbers for the Club Championship and the TBCC director reserves the right to vary the number of TBCC teams based on the actual entry numbers for the event.  FIDE or JCA ratings will be used to guide selection into teams.  Prospective participants cannot easily withdraw or change their plans unless there are alternate players and should consult with the TBCC director


The application deadline is July 31, 2018.  Please send an email to if you would like more information.  Please provide us with name, age as of 1/1/2018, and contact number.  Please also spread the words!


HOORAY!!!  The Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club is here to play at the Club Championship!