14 players from at least 10 schools participated in our 27th scholastic tournament held by the Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club on May 28th, 2022. 

In 2022, TBCC is continuing its chess education awareness campaign with more learning sessions and better access to training resources in Tokyo.
For many kids in Class B, it was a first introduction to tournament chess.  Taking the challenge is commendable and we hope they feel proud.

When two or more players ended up with the same score of 3.0 points, we had a blitz chess play-off, in which they play one game of five-minute chess to determine who wins which trophy.


Congratulations to our 2022 Emotional Damage Scholastic Chess Tournament winners:

Class A: Kai T.  with 5.0/6.0

Class A: Tristan C. with 3.0/6.0

Class A: Leo T. with 3.0/6.0

Class B: Haruki S. with 5.0/5.0

Class B: Issa N. with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Hiroki K. with 3.0/5.0


The energy in the room was incredible!  Every player earned a certificate just for participating and, to keep our young masters striving, the 1st place winner in respective section received a free entry to the next tournament. Parents, chess players, and siblings all had a positive experience and went home with prizes and smiles!

There were bamboo and decorations in the room for 'Tanabata', also known as the Star Festival, for the evening of the seventh of July.  In Japan, poeple generally celebrate this day (more than one month ahead of our tournament date) by writing wishes on 'tanzaku', small pieces of paper, and hanging them on bamboo, sometimes with other decorations.

The Tournament Director, CM Alex A., and the arbiter, Nick B. from the Sunday Morning Osaki class, settled any type of dispute that arose during the game.  A huge THANK YOU to our teachers!  

All levels of beginners are encouraged to participate in our bi-monthly tournaments, engaging them in low-risk and fun environment against similarly skilled players.  These tournaments go beyond pieces and squares, introducing new players to the rules and etiquette of competitive chess and exposing them to other elements not easily translated from casual play. Plus they are fun!

We can't wait to do this again this summer. 

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Sponsorship Wanted!

A BRAVE NEW WORLD!  NEW OPPORUNITIES if you are interested in sponsoring global-minded young chess players!  Build and grow your brand with Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club!


TBCC Sponsorship is open to individual, groups of supporters and large and small businesses, which allows you to obtain opportunities to reach a specific demographic, such as multinational corporations and communities inside and outside of this country.  It increases visibility for the company and its brand through CSR activities. 


TBCC is currently seeking sponsors for our tournaments, events, fixtures and materials during the forthcoming season as follows: 


● Chess sets, chess clocks, uniforms, trophies and other fixtures

● Expenses for travel, accommodation, other fees of chess coach associated with TBCC players in various internal and overseas tournaments

● Expenses for travel, accommodation, other fees of chess master invited to TBCC events


Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club is looking for sponsors to replace chess sets and clocks.  TBCC is currently using used chess sets and clocks donated by parents and a former Japan Chess Association.  (Thanks always for your support!)  These chess sets and clocks are damaged and broken recently and required to be replaced for internal tournaments.  Especially, chess clocks are broken so easily with TBCC's little players who are so curious with chess clocks 😢


The fact of young players who are representing Japan in the various world championship by a selection from the National Chess Society of Japan is that expenses related to the championship is paid by each family of the player.  Depending on a financial situation of the family, a talented and unbeaten young player sometime needs to give up enrolling the world championship which would result in his/her great experience and future challenges.  Imagine being given such an international opportunity, the total costs would be X,000,000 yen for travel and accommodations for a young player plus Dad/Mom to visit the other end of the globe for two weeks💦


Additionally, pro-rata expenses for travel, accommodation, other fees for a wonderful GM chess coach, who comes all the way from Serbia and supports the Japan Team during the world Championship, is paid by each family of a player.


Your sponsorship will be recognized on the TBCC's various courses of benefit plans as follows: 


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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!