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 16, 2019 was small but fun. With 2 coaches for 13 kids everyone was able to get lots of individual attention and form some really great connections. Whether your child is a beginner (Group B) and an intermediate 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 A gathered the most kids - 6 young and talended chess players, led by Camp Director - Alex Averbukh, who put a tremendous amount of effort into the camp. 7 players in Group B were extreamely focused and concentrated during the camp, led by Simom Schweizer, Senior Instructor. It has been a rewarding experience working with these wonderful children. Sure, it get's a bit chaotic from time to time but when you see them all sit down for a lecture or to play one another it is encouraging to say at least.
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.
Special thanks to a volunteer teaching assistant, Takuma Osaka, grade 7 of ASIJ. Also, thank you for being the best photographer, Emi Hasegawa, in the chess world!
March birthday kids received a cake and a gift to enjoy. 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).
We also had a going away party for Lira, who has been playing with TBCC over two years. Best of luch with your future endeavor in Singapore, Lira!
Stay tuned for the 14th Scholastic Tournament on June 1st, 2019 (Sat)!
SPRING DAY CAMP
March 16, 2019 (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
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.
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.
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.
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.]
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.
Special Event: This activity varies each day. It could consist of a simul, team human chess, or an opportunity to play Blitz or Bughouse.
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.]
Special Event: This activity varies each day.
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 8, 2019; 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 8, 2019; 22,000 yen after early registration. 26,000 yen for on-site registration.
Camp registration closes on March 15, 2019 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 firstname.lastname@example.org for registration: