Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club held Spring Scholastic Chess Tournament on March 27h, 2021. The Tournament Director, CM Alex Averbukh made the pairings each round and settled any type of dispute that arose during the game alone due to a restriction of a number of players that was allowed in a room to occupy. Please give him a respect for the difficult job he does. We could not hold chess tournaments without him under the COVID-19!
There were 9 young players, who came out from at least 5 schools. This is one of the best tournaments since all kids had good concentrations each round and nice attitudes during each break. 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.
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 one Open section in the tournament and the winners after tie-breaks were:
Class A: Shota Osaka with 4.0/5.0
Class A: Aviral Agarwal with 4.0/5.0
Class A: Ryota Okayama with 4.0/5.0
Thank you to all who came out to and participated the Spring Chess Tournament.
Stay tuned for the Lemon Boy Tournament in 2021!
My son enjoyed his K-5 elementary school chess club in Tokyo. He was really looking forward to playing the chess club champions from the other international schools at the upper elementary chess club. Then, before the summer break, we learned the bad news. The majority of international schools had no chess club for elementary students in Tokyo to experience the benefit of chess. I started to speak with the school principal, teachers, students and parents.
Afterward I wondered, "could a parent with no expertise in chess start a chess tournament at an elementary school in Tokyo???" After all, I'm barely a good match for my 6 year old son! As it turns out, there were some helpful web sites indicating, this is indeed possible! But, how? A couple of the sites even provided general descriptions of the process of starting a scholastic chess tournament. However, none gave a good detailed blow-by-blow description of the process with actual requirements, all the necessary documents and materials to pull it off. I needed a scholastic chess tournament start-up do-it-yourself kit for dummies. But, none existed.
It was hard to put the idea of starting a chess tournament aside, in spite of my ignorance on the subject. My son and a lot of other kids in Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club stood to benefit a lot from the effort.
There will be still a lot of details to sort out and materials to prepare for our tournaments and events.
Let us try! And then try again! Hang in there!