2016 Club Championship TBCC Teams Results


Alex Averbukh

Andrew Bergenthal

Ray Truter

Kai Tatsumi


IM Shinya Kojima

Haruto Endo

Ryosuke Sugimoto

Shota Osaka


Takuma Osaka

Domenic Clark

Emi Hasegawa

Natsumi Fukuya

Aki Hasegawa

+ Coach IM Ryosuke Nanjo

(We missed you, Gary!)

Approximately 170 players have participated in the 2016 Japan Club Championship hosted by Japan Chess Association (JCA) on September 18-19, 2016.  An yearly event where all chess minds from all over the country come in and compete and try to win the team trophy and the individual medal.

3 TBCC teams are entering the Club Championship 2016 for the first time as an official member circle of JCA.  It’s an awesome unbelievable achievement for our middle school and elementary kids to play all 6 rounds in two days! 

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club team C, B & A ranked No. 12, 15 & 19, respectively, in the final standings of the 2016 Japan Club Championship.

Here are final standings:

    Team Name                      MP          Pts.

1. Azabu Gakuen OB-B     10          19.5

2. Osaka                                 10          18.0

3. Azabu Gakuen OB-A    10          17.5

4. Chiba-A                               9          17.5

5. Keio Univ. OB-C               9          16.0

6. Tokyo Univ. OB               8          17.5

7. 64                                          8          15.0

8. Matsudo A                         8          12.5

9. Tokyo Univ.                      7          14.0

10. Tohoku Univ. -A           7          12.0

11. Sapporo                             7          12.0

12. TBCC-C                              7          11.5

13. Keio Univ. OB-A            7          11.5

14. Azabu Gakuen A           6          13.0

15. TBCC-B                              6          12.5

16. Tohoku Univ. B             6          12.5

17. Tsukuba Univ.               6          12.5

18. Nagoya                              6          11.5

19. TBCC-A                              5          11.5

20. Tohoku Univ. -C            5          11.5

21. Keio Univ. -B                    5          11.5

22. Chiba-B                              5          10.0

23. Keio Univ. - A                  5          10.0

24. Sophia-A                           5           9.0

25. Matsudo B                        4           9.5

26. Azabu Gakuen-B            4           9.0

27. Oedo-B                                3           7.5 

28. Keio Univ. OB-B              3           7.0

29. Tokyo                                  3           6.0

30. Sophia-B                             1           5.5

31. Oedo-A                                 1           5.5


Congratulations to all of the winners this year and thank you to everyone that came out for TBCC and made the event so successful and entertaining.  Special thanks to IM Ryosuke Nanjo, IM Shinya Kojima, Alex Averbukh and all those who contributed to help our kids perform well in games as much as possible and provided support, guidance, and encouragement throughout the season. 

The Club Championship had a good balance of focus and fun.  The kids relax a little during the lunch time after the first game of Day 2.  The students were all there to learn, but also socialize and enjoy themselves.

We are all really proud of the heart and effort of all these kids!  Thanks to all the parents and coaches who support scholastic chess in Japan!

Hope to see you all at the next Club Championship in 2017!


Club Championship Preparation & Casual Chess Day - Play with Chess Masters!

On September 17th, 2016, Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club had the Club Championship Preparation & Casual Chess Day and 20 players showed up for that. In a team setting, it is very important to stress team camaraderie.  Teacher Alex told the children that whatever is good for anyone is good for everyone.  If a teammate is having a rough time, it is everyone else's job to come together to support and encourage that person.  If someone is winning and you are not, be glad for them.  As long as they are winning, that is good for the whole team.

If you are a professional tournament player, like IM Shinya Kojima, or very active in chess competitions, you are probably jumping from tournament to tournament so frequently that preparing for a given event involves making sure that you register and show up for it in timely fashion, and then just prepare for each game.  Thank you so much for the yummy chocolates from the 42nd Chess Olympiad Baku 2016, IM Kojima!

IM Ryosuke Nanjo instructed kids players to play some practice games, with slower time controls, for the 2016 Club Championship on 9/18 & 9/19.  Even better – a couple of training games in an environment similar to the tournament setting. In any case – focus on the quality of your play, not the rating.  As a head coach of TBCC teams, IM Nanjo told children; "If you lose a game, or even all of them, it is my job to help you.  And I will!"

The more effort we put in, the higher up the mountain we can climb.  We may never reach the top this year, but the higher we go, the better the view.  Enjoy the journey, and the destination will take care of itself.  Let's teach our children to love the game, follow the rules, study hard and often respect their opponents.  Persist with that , and we will get a good result in the 2016 Club Championship.  Lastly, congratulations to Teacher Alex Averbukh on a recognition of the Candidate Master title in the Chess Olympiad Baku 2016!


2016 Club Championship TBCC Teams Announcement

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club proudly announces that 3 TBCC teams are going to enter the Club Championship 2016 for the first time as an offical member circle of Japan Chess Association (JCA).


Event: 2016 JCA Club Championship

Date: September 18 (Sun) & 19 (Mon), 2016

Place: Ota City Industrial Plaza

Time Control: Swiss 6 rounds (Fischer mode 50 min + 30 sec)


09:40  R1, R4

13:00  R2, R5

16:00  R3, R6



Team Composition and Board Order
A team shall consist of 4 players (maximum 6 players per team) who are listed below:


Team A [Day 1 & 2]  

Alex Averbukh (Captain)

Andrew Bergenthal

Ray Truter

Kai Tatsumi


Team B [Day 1 & 2]

IM Shinya Kojima (Captain)

Haruto Endo

Ryosuke Sugimoto

Shota Osaka


Team C [Day 1]

Lin Pin-Chen (Gary)

Takuma Osaka

Domenic Clark (Captain)

Aki Hasegawa


Team C [Day 2]

Domenic Clark (Captain)

Emi Hasegawa

Natsumi Fukuya

Aki Hasegawa


Captains per team are appointed.  Board order is subject to change.  All teams shall abide by these rules and regulations and any matters not covered for in these rules and regulations shall be at the discretion of the TBCC director or the head coach whose decision shall be final and no correspondences shall be entertained.



Welcome IM Ryosuke Nanjo for 2016 Club Championship as a head coach of TBCC teams.   IM Nanjo will provide analysis and preparations to players as they finish the round on site on an availability basis. 



All players must be in the TBCC team poloshirt and proper attire.



Practices (Casual Play Day) will be held on September 17th (Sat) from 2pm in Osaki, Shinagawa.  It's a great opportunity to meet your members.  Kids who play on a team need time to bond.  Location details will be provided upon preregistration.


Cancellation Policy

All players are expected to play all rounds of the day(s) confirmed unless Coach decides and withdrawal is required for medical or other emergency reasons.  No refunds will be given after August 28, 2016.


Chess Is A Team Sport!

Do not underestimate the power inherent in playing as a team or the reward felt by teammates who enjoy a very different level of achievement by participating together.   TBCC assigns every new player and experienced player (Captain) on our team to be a tournament buddy, who will help go over games during a tournament, offer moral support, and participate in a special practice before the first tournament to help the new student get ready.

9/17/2016(Sat) Club Championship Preparation & Casual Play For Adults & Kids!

Come one, come all for casual play and preparation for JCA club championship to be held on 9/18-19.  Just happy, social playtime for English speaking chess players.  This will give everyone something nice to look forward to at the weekend.  Some of you may wish to use this time to play out your challenge games in order to move up the rank and make the team!

 DATE: September 17, 2016, Saturday, 14:00-18:30

LOCATION: Osaki, Shinagawa-ku, Tokyo

ENTRY FEES:  Individual entry fee is 2,000 yen for adults. 1,000 yen discount for students under 20. Family rate is 3,000 yen up to three players from the same family. Membership fee is waived for the first time visitor.

For registration, please contact to contact.us@beaconsq.info

Stop by and meet our members!


TBCC is going to the JCA Club Championship 2016!

Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club (TBCC) proudly announces that we are going to enter the Club Championship 2016 for the first time as an official member circle of Japan Chess Association (JCA).  JCA organizes an annual club championship for member associations in September every year.  The club championship is for teams of 4 (or up to 6 players).  TBCC now accepts your application to play as a member of TBCC in the 2016 club championship via email by July 31, 2016.


***Photo taken at 2015 JCA Club Championship by Emi Hasegawa

The TBCC team will consist of the following members (subject to change):


Board 1:  Alex Averbukh (FIDE 2220)

Board 2: _____Under 18______

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______



Board 1:  Domenic Clark (FIDE 1841)

Board 2: _____Under 18______

Board 3: _____Under 12______

Board 4: _____Under 10______

As a member of TBCC team, the following are the general requirements for candidates to participate in the JCA's Club Championship:


*  Attendance at a minimum of one TBCC's scholastic tournament or event in the Class A section with top records

*  Required to take notations

*  Good etiquette of tournament chess

*  Excellent written and verbal communication in English

*  Open to players with a TBCC membership as well as a JCA membership.  (The JCA annual membership is available for purchase thru TBCC with an approx. 50% discount of regular annual fee for child. The JCA membership for adults is also available for purchase thru TBCC with a regular rate.)


The number of TBCC teams will be based on the entry numbers for the Club Championship and the TBCC director reserves the right to vary the number of TBCC teams based on the actual entry numbers for the event.  FIDE or JCA ratings will be used to guide selection into teams.  Prospective participants cannot easily withdraw or change their plans unless there are alternate players and should consult with the TBCC director


The application deadline is July 31, 2016.  Please send an email to contact.us@beaconsq.info if you would like more information.  Please provide us with name, age as of 1/1/2016, and contact number.  Please also spread the words!


HOORAY!!!  The Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club is here to play at the Club Championship!