Well this was probably our best camp ever! A good mix between activities, chess theory, coaching, tournament games and analysis. TBCC's spring camp held on March 12, 2016 was small but fun. With 3 coaches for 12 kids everyone was able to get lots of individual attention and form some really great connections.  Whether your child is a beginner (Group C), an intermediate player (Group B) or an advanced player (Group A), this chess camp is designed to be the perfect place to learn, develop new skills, and explore new (and fun!) challenges.


As always, Group C gathered the most kids - 5 young and talended chess players, led by Camp Director - Alex Averbukh, who put a tremendous amount of effort into the camp. 4 players in Group B were extreamely focused and concentrated during the camp, led by IM Ryosuke Nanjo, and therefore showed amazing results: Issin Maehara won his games and got 1st place in the mini tournament. There were 3 players in Group A, the strongest (based on results of the assessment in the morning) FIDE Master, Anton Frisk Kockum's topic was perhaps one of the most practical of Group A in the camp: the importance of understanding theoretical moves in some endgames positions and how to improve imagination, creative thinking, which a all new to campers.


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. And after sucha great experience we've decided to run 4 camps this year; Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter! Book your kids next birthday party at the TBCC's chess camp for an exciting chess adventure. You are welcome to bring a birthday cake and candles (please no nuts)


Stay tuned for the 4th Scholastic Tournament on April 30th, 2016 (Sat)!



March 12, 2016 (Sat), 10:00-18:00



IM Ryosuke Nanjo


Alex Averbukh


FM Anton Frisk Kockum



Location: Osaki, Shinagawa (2 min walk from JR Osaki station-details to be provided upon registration)

Camper Ages: Rising 3rd-9th graders


Time Schedule:
9:55 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.

 10:00 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.

10:35 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.

13:00 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.]
14:30 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.

2:00 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.
17:45–18:00 PM
Pick-Up: Students are to be picked-up promptly by 17:45 PM at the Lobby.

Cost: 12,000 yen if registration and payment are received before Feb. 29, 2016; 16,000 yen after early registration. Camp registration closes on Mar. 11, 2016 and all payment must be transferred by registration deadline. (20,000 yen for on-site registration.) No membership required.


Half day session (AM 10:00-13:00 or PM 14:00-17:30) is also available for a half price.