About the new organization
Greetings to all chess players and chess enthusiasts! I am excited to announce the start of this new organization. This is not just a name change from Japan Chess Association but this is a brand new entity that is “for the players, of the players and with the players”. This has been a long difficult journey to reach this point but I am sure the struggle was well worthwhile.
This is a “General Incorporated Association”. The start-up members have worked hard to make the transition from JCA to the new organization as smooth as possible, but there still are a lot of obstacles and unknown problems that we need to face. Since the transition had to be made quickly, the new organization will have to find solutions to new problems as they come and we require a lot of support from its members.
Once you become a member of the new organization, you will be able to play at all member tournaments including the Tokyo Chess Championship which is the biggest qualifying tournament for Japan National Chess Championship. You will also receive a regular e-newsletter with a special member-only link where you can see some game analysis of various players. The membership fee stays the same as JCA’s for the year 2019. If you require a refund from JCA, please contact them directly. JCA membership is not transferred to the new organization so you are required to join and pay the new fee.
Our aim is to make Japanese chess bigger and better, by creating an inclusive environment where both domestic and international players can improve their skills and test their abilities. We are keeping last year’s qualifying regulations from JCA for this year’s Japan National Chess Championship. The list of players who have already qualified will be found under “Japan National Chess Championship” page under “Tournaments”.
This is the only FIDE recognized organization in Japan. We will work on organizing more FIDE tournaments in Japan, and encourage players to go abroad to play and gain experience in more FIDE tournaments.
Love of the game called CHESS is the base of this organization. There are 189 countries registered with FIDE under the same basic belief. FIDE presidency has changed and so will Japanese chess. Let’s all work together and make chess in Japan more fun!