We are Churakids Chess Club. We host a chess club every Saturday, appropriate for ages 5 to 15.
We would love for English speakers to join us! You do not need to know Japanese or have any experience in Chess. Native English speaking teachers will be present. Come and engage in the social and competitive aspects of this always fascinating game.
All of our instructors are Native English speakers.
*There will be at least 1 to 2 instructors pictured above each chess club.
|Date||Every Saturday 9:30-11:30am|
|Fee||600yen / One session(2hrs)|
|Place||Road Station Kadena, 2nd Floor|
Located directly north of Kadena Airbase, Road Station Kadena is our meeting place every Saturday morning. You can find it by following Route 58 North to Kadena and making a right at Rotary Plaza. The road station will be on your left after about 2km. See below for a map.
We meet in the restaurant on the second floor. There is a nice view and a large menu available, with coffee, toast, and sandwiches.
|Date||Every Saturday 4:00-6:00pm|
|Fee||500yen / One session(2hrs)|
Our PM class is held at Churakids which is located adjacent to Manta Park in Okinawa City. You can get there by taking Route 20 out of Kadena Gate 2 (Gate 2 street) headed East, all the way down to Awase about 4.5 km, turning left on 85. After that you will look for a bridge on your right. At the light with the bridge, make a left turn. After that you will take the third left continuing on to the light where you will make another left turn. Here you will see Manta Park on your right. Look for Churakids on your left on the first floor of the building after the storage containers. You may park in the two spaces in front of our location.
Frequently Asked Questions
- What’s the age limit for your Chess Club?
- We do not have a specific age limit, but our club is recommended for ages 5 to 15.
- What if my child cannot play chess?
- We can teach any child from ages 5 to 15 how to play chess!
- What language is the instruction done in?
- Most all teaching and guidance is provided in English. We do also have Japanese-speaking staff.
- Do you have any weekday sessions?
- At this time we only have sessions on Saturday.
- Is a membership or reservation required?
- No reservation is required, you only need to come and pay the fee for each session your child attends. Your child will recieve a member’s book and reward points for each session attended.
- Is it ok to come late?
- It is ok to come late and leave early, but you must pay the required fee for each session attended.
- How do I pay the participation fee?
- Please pay on of our staff members with cash in yen. Exact change is greatly appreciated.
- When is your day off?
- Typically every five weeks we will have a day off. If there is another event going on or a cancellation due to weather, typhoon, etc. we will make the announcement on our Facebook page or LINE group. Please like the Churakids page on Facebook for the latest updates.
- Where can I purchase a chess set locally？
- For your convenience we sell both small and large chess sets at our sessions. Check with the staff at one of our meetings for more details.
The main goal of our chess club is to enjoy the game of chess while improving communication skills and critical thinking at all levels. Also chess gives children a valuable approach to learn and use reasoning to solve problems. These skills carry over to positively influence all areas educational development. Feel free to join us anytime!
The National Scholastic Chess Foundation states that teaching chess to children is hugely beneficial since it encourages critical thinking in comprehension, analysis, and evaluation. In addition it also raises self-esteem and fosters determination, perseverence, and responsibility. The rules in chess help cultivate an atmosphere of concentration and taking responsibility for one's actions. Most importantly, chess is fun and provides a unique way to learn socialization skills that transcend cultures and age gaps.
If you are a more experienced player, we can delve into some deeper strategies to better hone your skills. We can get into chess notation and manually recording game moves. There are chess puzzles that can be studied or worked on at home. Try to test your mettle against one of our seasoned teachers! One good player always sharpens another! "A strong memory, concentration, imagination, and a strong will are required to become a great chess player." – Bobby Fischer
Please join in any Saturday. Feel free to contact us through the button below with any question you might have.