Spring Chess Camp - 3/14/2020


March 14, 20 (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


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

March 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 March.]

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 March 6, 2020; 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 March 6, 2020; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.


Camp registration closes on March 6, 2020 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 contact.us@beaconsq.info for registration:

  • Student Name
  • Parent Name
  • School
  • Grade
  • Phone Number
  • Chess Level (rating, experience, etc.)
  • Is your child's birthday in July? (Y/N)


One Saturday, January 25, the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club hosted its New Year's Fray scholastic chess tournament.  It was the 16th tournament and the first tournament in the new decade.  Despite the cloudy weather and freezing temperatures, 14 players braved the elements and gathered in Osaki, Shinagawa once again to see who would come out on top.  The field of 14 players was split into two sections, an open section (Class A) and a U1000 section (Class B). 

The TD, CM Alex A., and FM Anton Frisk Kockum, who visited Tokyo from Sweden, settled any type of dispute that arose during the game. When two or more players ended up with the same score, we had a blitz chess play-off, in which they play one game of five-minute chess to determine who wins which trophy.

Class A winners:

Class A: Kai Tatsumi with 4.0/4.0

Class A: Stepan Nikitin with 3.0/4.0

Class A: Umarbek Bakhodirjonov with 1.0/4.0

Class B winners:

Class B: Shunsuke Ohashi with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Martin Hui with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Eito Takada with 3.0/5.0


The 1st place winner of each section received free entry fee for the 17th scholastic chess tournament this summer, 2020. 

Thanks to FIDE Master Anton Frisk Kockum for help with monitoring the games and/or helping to set up and break down everything. 

Congratulations to the winners, and a big thank you to all the players who came out to compete, partners, coaches, and community partners that make our quarterly tournaments a success.  The next batch of tournaments is just around the corner, so be sure to register for your chance to win.  


Please join us this spring for our Spring one-day chess camp, on Saturday, March 14th in Osaki. 

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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!