Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's day camp held on July 29th, 2017 was small but fun. 10 campers from at least 8 schools participated in the day camp, becoming much stronger players. Our teachers, CM Alex Averbukh and IM Ryosuke Nanjo, are qualified and well prepared for the summer camp. We believe they are very important assets in the development of our students in Japan. Two levels were offered, one for students rated over 1000, and one for students rated under 1000.
Having multiple levels allows our students to receive targeted training from our level-appropriate and experienced teachers. Thank you to Yuto Otawa for donating a MOBILE SUIT GUNDAM chess set, a first place prize from the 2017 Japan Junior Championship, for the TBCC kids. The pieces are child-friendly, highly detailed, and true-to-the-film. They may be ideal even for collectors of Gundam movie memorabilia. TBCC kids enjoyed playing chess with them!
In addition to the lessons, students played a mini-tournament in the afternoon, with seven rounds. Congratulations to Aki Hasegawa, the first place winner of mini-tournament! No July birthday kid registered for the camp this summer. So no cupcake and gift was provided for a birthday celebration. Instead, kids enjoyed ice candies, cookies, and drinks during the snack time. As always, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world!
Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club has donated a portion of the profit from the chess camp and scholastic tournaments as well as your thankful donations to the Ishinomaki Children's Newspaper. It is a newspaper reporting on Ishinomaki today, written by the children of the town, where was hit by the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011. The newspaper was included in the souvenir package for kids to bring home. Thanks to all our teachers and parents the students learn new things during the camp, helping them to succeed.