Tokyo Bilingual Chess Club's Halloween Scholastic Tournament held on October 1, 2016; our first all day event with the time control of 25 min. + 5 sec. increment.  We know October 1st was a bit early for Halloween, but really fun!  The Tournament Director, Alex A., and Teacher Ken made the pairings each round and settled any type of dispute that arose during the game.  Please give them a respect for the difficult job they do.  We could not hold chess tournaments without them!

There were 17 brave souls, that came out during our Halloween Haunt from at least 11 schools.  This is one of the best tournaments since all kids dress up in their Halloween costumes! Although many people believe that chess is just a game, there are many scientific and artistic applications that the game has to offer. Halloween lends itself perfectly to the artistic elements of the game. Children played five rounds showing fine sportsmanship as well as fine ability. 

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

We had two sections and the winners after tie-breaks were:


Class A: Haruto Endo with 4.0/5.0

Class A: Ryousuke Sugimoto with 4.0/5.0

Class A: Aarushi Deo with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Yuma Suzuki with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Aki Hasegawa with 4.0/5.0

Class B: Noa Clark with 2.5/5.0

Class B: Annette Bergenthal with 2.5/5.0

Class B: Eito Aoyama with 2.5/5.0


Kids and teachers dressed up with the spooky costumes and Lucas Lin dressed as Harry Potter won the best costume prize!


Congratulations to everyone who came out to participate and make for a great chess community event!

Thank you to all who came out to and participated the Halloween Chess Tournament.  Again, someone with a Halloween birthday may say Oct. 1 is a bit early, hehehe.

Stay tuned for the New Year Tournament in 2017!


Section A:


Ranking and Games after round 5 of 10012016 A


No.  PNo.  Name                          R1    R2    R3    R4    R5    CB Score




  1.   2  Haruto Endo                   7b1   5w1   3w1   1b0   4w1    1  4.0


        3  Ryosuke Sugimoto          8w1   1w1   2b0   5b1   6w1    1  4.0


        1  Aarushi Deo                   6w1   3b0   9b1   2w1   7w1    1  4.0


  4.    5  Kai Tatsumi                  10w1   2b0   6b1   3w0   8b1   -1  3.0


  5.    4  Isshin Maehara                9b½   6w0   7b1   8w1   2b0   -1  2.5


        9  Kaishin Mori                  4w½   8b1   1w0   7b0  10w1    1  2.5


  7.    6  Shota Osaka                   1b0   4b1   5w0  10w1   3b0   -1  2.0


        7  Mikiko Yamaguchi              2w0  10b1   4w0   9w1   1b0    1  2.0


  9.    8  Max Clark                     3b0   9w0  10b1   4b0   5w0   -1  1.0


 10.   10  Anastasia Lioubimova          5b0   7w0   8w0   6b0   9b0   -1  0.0


Section B:


Ranking and Games after round 5 of 10012016B


No.  PNo.  Name                          R1    R2    R3    R4    R5    CB Score




  1.    1  Yuma Suzuki                   7b1   1w0   4b1   3b1   6w1   -1  4.0


         2  Aki Hasegawa                  4w1   2b1   3w1   6b0   5w1    1  4.0


  3.    6  Noa Clark                     3b0     =   5b1   1w1   2b0   -2  2.5


        3  Annette Bergenthal            6w1   7b1   1b0   2w0     =    0  2.5


        4  Eito Aoyama                   1b0   5w1   2w0     =   7b1    0  2.5       


  6.    7  Lucas Gonzales                2w0   3w0     =   5b1   4w0    2  1.5


  7.    5  Lucas Lin                       =   4b0   6w0   7w0   1b0    0  0.5