TBCC's Halloween Scholastic Tournament held on October 21, 2017. The Tournament Director, Alex A., made the pairings each round and Instructor Kevin I. and Ujjwala T. from the University of Tokyo Chess Club settled any type of dispute that arose during the game. Please give them a respect for the difficult job they do! Special thanks to Krystian Ofierzyński, from Poland for stopping by straight from the Narita airport and played chess with kids!
Hope Krystian and his friend will enjoy sightseeing in Tokyo currently being hit by the Typhoon.
There were 10 brave souls, that came out during our Halloween Haunt from at least 7 schools. Halloween lends itself perfectly to the artistic elements of the game. Children played four rounds showing fine sportsmanship as well as fine ability.
The trophies and the Halloween Best Costume Award are presented at a ceremony by Koji Noguchi, the 2017 Japan Champion.
When two or more players ended up with the same score, we will have a blitz chess play-off, in which champions play one game of five-minute chess to determine who wins which trophy. The tie-break has done only for Class B. Class A winners broke tie with tense game of rock–paper–scissors. The winners were:
Class A: Yuhiro Muto with 3.0/4.0
Class A: Kai Tatsumi with 3.0/4.0
Class A: Ryo Chen with 2.5/4.0
Class B: Lira Yoshida with 4.0/4.0
Class B: Hida with 2.0/4.0
Class B: Yuki Umetsu with 2.0/4.0
Callum MacPherson from Nishimachi International School Chess Club dressed as Harry Potter won the best costume prize. Harry Potter is one of the most popular and best record scoring 2 wins for the Halloween Costume Award in two years!
Thank you, IM Shinya Kojima and WCM Natsumi Kojima, for coming to say 'hi' and guiding their students and inspiring them today with Trick-or-treat candies. Also, thank you so much for your help in capturing the tournament in your amazing photo, Emi Hasegawa.
Congratulations to everyone who came out to participate in the rainy day and make for a great chess community event!
Stay tuned for the New Year Tournament in 2018!
TBCC Team A
CM Alex Averbukh
TBCC Team B
FM Anton Frisk Kockum
TBCC Team C
36 teams, approximately 170 players, have participated in the 2017 Japan Club Championship hosted by Japan Chess Association (JCA) on September 18-19, 2017. An yearly event where all chess minds from all over the country come in and compete and try to win the team trophy and the individual medal.
3 TBCC teams are entering the Club Championship 2017 for the second time as an official member circle of JCA.
It’s an awesome unbelievable achievement for our high school and elementary kids to play all 6 rounds in two days!
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club team B, C & A ranked No. 12, 20 & 25, respectively, in the final standings of the 2017 Japan Club Championship.
Here are final standings:
Team Name Pts.
1. Azabu Gakuen OB-B 6
2. Azabu Gakuen OB-A 5
3. Chiba-A 4.5
4. Matsudo A 4.5
5. Nagoya A 4
6. Azabu Gakuen A 4
7. Tohoku Univ. -A 4
8. Keio Univ. OB-B 4
9. Tokyo Univ. OB 3.5
10. 64 3.5
11. Keio Univ. 3.5
12. TBCC-B 3.5
13. Keio Univ. OB-A 3.5
14. Sapporo 3.5
15. Matsudo-B 3.5
16. Nagoya B 3.5
17. Tohoku Univ. B 3
18. Azabu Gakuen C 3
19. Azabu Gakuen B 3
20. TBCC-C 3
21. Tsukuba Univ. 3
22. Chiba-B 3
23. Tokyo Univ. - A 2.5
24. Tsukuba Univ. OB 2.5
25. TBCC-A 2.5
26. Tohoku Univ. D 2.5
27. Keio Univ.-B 2
28. Tokyo A 2
29. Tohoku Univ. -C 2
30. Daito Bunka Univ. 2
31. Keio Univ. OB-C 2
32. Sophia Univ. -A 2
33. Keio Univ. -C 1.5
34. Sophia Univ. -B 1.5
35. Tokyo Univ. -B 1
36. Tokyo B 0
Congratulations to all of the winners this year and thank you to everyone that came out for TBCC and
made the event so successful and entertaining. Special thanks to IM Ryosuke Nanjo, FM Anton Frisk Kockum, CM Alex Averbukh and all those who contributed to help our kids perform well in games as much as possible and provided support, guidance, and encouragement throughout the season.
Individual chess medals were earned by FM Anton Frisk Kockum and CM Alex Averbukh, who were the top players are known as "first boards" with a full score.
The Club Championship had a good balance of focus and fun. Kids found that one of the most entertaining ways to play chess is in a team format.
Young players learnt that the results of all games played by the team are added together to determine the overall match result. The kids relax a little during the lunch time after the first game of Day 2. The students were all there to learn, but also socialize and enjoy themselves.
We are all really proud of the heart and effort of all these kids! Thanks to all the parents, coaches and captains who support scholastic chess in Japan!
Hope to see you all at the next Club Championship in 2018!
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) proudly announces that we are going to enter the Club Championship 2017 for the second 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 2017 club championship via email by July 31, 2017.
The TBCC team will consist of the following members (subject to change):
Board 1: Alex Averbukh (FIDE 2151)
Board 2: ___Under 18 (TBD)___
Board 3: _____Under 12______
Board 4: _____Under 10______
Board 1: Anton Frisk Kockum (FIDE 2365)
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-16-Jul-17)
* 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, 2017. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information. Please provide us with name, age as of 1/1/2017, and contact number. Please also spread the words!
HOORAY!!! The Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club is here to play at the Club Championship!