Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's 14th Scholastic Tournament held on June 1, 2019 with the time control of 25 min. + 5 sec. increment. The Tournament Director, CM Alex Averbukh and WCM Natsumi Kojima made the pairings each round and settled any type of dispute that arose during the game. WCM Natsumi brought us a special prize for the 1st place winner of group A. We could not hold chess tournaments without them!
There were 15 young players, that came out during our tournament from at least 8 schools. Although many people believe that chess is just a game, there are many scientific and artistic applications that the game has to offer. Children played five rounds showing fine sportsmanship as well as fine ability. We won't be so concerned about preparation because the results are not as meaningful this time and we can focus on making sure kids are getting an enjoyable and edifying chess experience.
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.
We had two sections and the winners after tie-breaks were:
Class A: Kai Tatsumi with 4.5/5.0
Class A: Shota Osaka with 4.5/5.0
Class A: Stepan Nikitin with 3.0/5.0
Class B: Eito Takada with 4.0/5.0
Class B: Paulo Galvez with 3.5/5.0
Class B: Kino Nakanishi with 3.0/5.0
Class B: Jayden Tan with 3.0/5.0
Class B: Fedor Savenkov with 3.0/5.0
Congratulations to everyone who came out to participate and make for a great chess community event!
We wish all of these bright young players continued success and hope to meet them and their parents again in the future. We are curious to see what changes will occur in the next few months that will make them stronger than 1000 in practice for the Japan Cadets Championship in July 2019.
Stay tuned for the One-Day Summer Chess Camp in 2019!