Official News Release
Published at: 2016-04-24 12:00
ShogiHub launches a new section in its website called "Official News", where mostly the English-translated version of JSA's official news release will be distributed. Only the topics that are important or useful for overseas shogi fans are being picked up, while ShogiHub releases its own news there as well if necessary.
The translated JSA news starts back from those of January 2016, while all latest important news from now on will also be covered.
All new updates will be send out as Atom feed by ShogiHub; it is strongly recommended to register ShogiHub to one's Atom/RSS feed reader, so that one will not miss any important official information about the shogi world.
Game 3 of the 9th Mynavi Ladies Open Title Match to be Live Streamed on "YouTube Space Tokyo" at 03:00 UTC on May 9th
Published at: 2016-04-22 08:45
Japan Shogi Association has decided to live stream the title match of the Mynavi Ladies Open to all countries around the world. Mynavi Ladies Open, sponsored by Mynavi, is the highest title in the ladies shogi world. The streaming channel will be "YouTube Space Tokyo", which YouTube offers to creators as a space to distribute videos. This decision was made based on JSA's strong wish to promote the traditional culture of Japan to the world, while shogi is gaining more attention from inside and outside the country because of the games recently being played between human and AI.
On the day of the game, traditional tatami will be brought in YouTube Space Tokyo, where two Ladies Professional players in beautiful kimono will be fighting for the title Jo-ou (Queen). Real-time commentary of the game is also planned, so that even beginners of shogi can enjoy watching the live. This is JSA's new challenge to promote shogi, a traditional culture of Japan with 400-year history, to the world.
- Comment by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
- We have decided to live stream the title match of Mynavi Ladies Open to all countries around the world. The title which is the highest in the ladies shogi world will be fought for between the two young players, Jo-ou Momoko Katou (21 years old) and Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (23 years old). Please enjoy watching the game of shogi, the exciting Japanese board game with 400-year tradition.
Published at: 2016-04-22 04:50
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1389.html
Ladies 3-kyu Emina Yamaguchi (21 years old) has been promoted to Ladies 2-kyu, winning the game described below.
Her Ladies Professional player ID will be 55.
- Date of promotion
- Thursday, April 21st 2016
- The 38th Ladies Oushou Tournament, Qualify Round
（opponent: Ladies 1-Dan Aki Wada)
- Ground of promotion
- Entering the Main Round of Ladies Oushou Tournament
Conditions for a Ladies 3-kyu to become 2-kyu
- The number of winning games is as many as that of the participated tournaments in 1 year.
- The number of winning games is 3/4 time as many as that of the participated tournaments in 2 years.
- Conditions for becoming Ladies 1-kyu in "Ladies Professional Promotion Regulations" are met.
If none of the above conditions are met within 2 years, the rank of Ladies 3-kyu becomes invalid, in which case one can move back to C2 class of Kenshu-kai.
Published at: 2016-04-22 02:10
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1388.html
On Friday, April 15th, the presentation ceremony of the 43rd Shogi Awards and the promotion letters was held at "Japan Hairdressers Federation Building" in Tokyo.
Shogi Awards winners
Opening of ceremony
JSA Chairman Kouji Tanigawa
Presentation ceremony of the 43rd Shogi Awards
Report of selection process by Ryou Mochizuki and Shouji Tsue, representing the selection committee of Tokyo Shogi Reporters
Presentation of awards by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
Presentation of Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award by Hiroyuki Fujimoto of Tokyo Shogi Reporters
Presentation of promotion letters
Presentation of promotion letters by JSA chairman Kouji Tanigawa
Speech of thanks representing the award winners and promoted players
Shogi Award winner and Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
End of ceremony
The 43rd Shogi Awards Presentation Ceremony
Left: Meijin Yoshiharu Habu（Most Excellent Player / Best Game Award, Special Award)
Right: Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe (Excellent Player / Best Game Award)
Left: Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (Excellent Ladies Player)
Right: 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji (Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award)
Presentation ceremony of promotion letters
After the end of the ceremony, a celebration party was held with a great success starting with the speech of toast by 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji.
Most Excellent Player Meijin (Ou-i, Ouza, Kise) Yoshiharu Habu
Excellent Player Ryu-ou (Ki-ou) Akira Watanabe
Kouzou Masuda Award 8-Dan Eisaku Tomioka
Best Game Award (The 41st Kiou Title Match, Game 4)
Ki-ou Akira Watanabe
8-Dan Amahiko Satou
Best Game Award, Special Award (The 41st Ki-ou Challenger-deciding Tournament)
Meijin Yoshiharu Habu
6-Dan Kenjirou Abe
Highest Winning Percentage 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
Most Games 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
Most Wins 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
Most Win-streak 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
Fighting-spirit Award 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
Best Rookie 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou
Most Excellent Ladies Player Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, Kurashiki-Wisteria Kana Satomi
Excellent Ladies Player Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya
Ladies Most Games Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya
Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji
8-Dan Hatasu Itou (April 1st 2016)
7-Dan Shouichi Anzai (April 1st 2016)
7-Dan Youichi Kushida (April 1st 2016)
7-Dan Shouhei Takada (April 1st 2016)
7-Dan Shinnya Satou (December 27th 2015)
6-Dan Kenjirou Abe (November 5th 2015)
6-Dan Kouru Abe (November 5th 2015)
6-Dan Takehiro Ohira (January 8th 2016)
6-Dan Kouta Kanai (March 9th 2016)
5-Dan Mirai Oshima (March 3rd 2016)
4-Dan Junpei Ide (April 1st 2016)
4-Dan Daichi Sasaki (April 1st 2016)
＜Ladies Professional players＞
Ladies 3-Dan Shinobu Iwane (February 22nd 2016)
Ladies 1-Dan Beni Takemata (April 1st 2016)
Coaching Professional 5-Dan Satoshi Kawai (April 1st 2016)
Coaching Professional 2-Dan Shinji Yamada (April 1st 2016)
Published at: 2016-04-06 11:50
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1386.html
9-Dan Inoue wins the 7th Round of Ginga Tournament, Block G by default due to the contracting of influenza by the opponent 8-Dan Izumi.
Published at: 2016-04-06 11:50
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/post_1381.html
3-Dan Taizou Ishikawa has withdrawn from Shourei-kai for personal reasons.
Defaulted official games due to this withdrawal are the following.
Published at: 2016-04-01 17:40
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/04/43_4.html
The winners of the 43rd Shogi Awards have been decided as the following, at the selection committee held on April 1st 2016 at "Sendagaya Social Education Center" in Shibuya-ward, Tokyo.
Winners of the 43rd Shogi Awards
- Most Excellent Player
- Meijin (Ou-i, Ouza, Kisei) Yoshiharu Habu （2 consecutive years, 21 times in total)
- Excellent Player
- Ryuou (Ki-ou) Akira Watanabe (first time in 4 years, 5 times in total)
- Fighting-spirit Award
- 8-Dan Amahiko Satou (first time)
- Best Rookie
- 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou (first time)
- Most Games
- 8-Dan Amahiko Satou 59 games （first time)
- Most Wins
- 8-Dan Amahiko Satou 41 wins （first time)
- Highest Winning Percentage
- 6-Dan Shintarou Saitou 40 wins 12losses 76.9% （first time)
- Most Win-streak
- 8-Dan Amahiko Satou 15 win-streak （first time in 5 years, 2 times in total）
- Most Excellent Ladies Player
- Ladies Meijin, Ladies Ou-i, Ladies Oushou, Kurashiki-Wisteria Kana Satomi (first time in 2 years, 6 times in total)
- Excellent Ladies Player
- Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya (first time)
- Ladies Most Games
- Ladies 2-Dan Yuki Muroya 33 games
- Tokyo Shogi Reporters' Award
- 9-Dan Hitoshige Awaji
- The 22nd Kouzou Masuda Award
- 8-Dan Eisaku Tomioka (for Bishop-exchanged Reclining Silver, Tomioka Style)
- The 10th Best Game Award
- The 41st Kiou Title Match, Game 4 Ryu-ou Akira Watanabe vs 8-Dan Amahiko Satou
- Best Game Award, Special Award
- The 41st Kiou Challenger-deciding Tournament Meijin Yoshiharu Haub vs 6-Dan Kenjirou Abe
Published at: 2016-03-31 15:50
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1379.html
Promoted players and retired players on April 1st 2016 are the following.
Ryuma Tonari to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
Junpei Ide to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
Daichi Sasaki to 4-Dan (by the 58th Shourei-kai 3-Dan League)
Shouhei Takada to 7-Dan (by the regulation of Free Class)
Shinya Yamamoto to 6-Dan (by the regulation of Free Class)
Hatasu Itou to 8-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
Kouichi Kodama to 8-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
Shouichi Anzai to 7-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
Youichi Kushida to 7-Dan (by the regulation for retired players)
Beni Takemata to Ladies 1-Dan (by winning more than 50% and 7 games)
Saya Nakazawa to Ladies 1-Dan (by winning more than 50% and 7 games)
Yoshiaki Kaneko to Coaching Professional 7-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
Yukimichi Tanaka to Coaching Professional 5-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
Satoshi Kawai to Coaching Professional 5-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
Yousuke Okamoto to Coaching Professional 4-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
Shinji Yamada to Coaching Professional 2-Dan (by the regulation of Coaching Professionals)
- 9-Dan Noboru Tamura (by the regulation of Free Class)
Published at: 2016-03-29 09:55
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/3_34.html
Ladies 3-kyu Karolina Styczynska will be "Ambassador of Kofu-city" at the request of Kofu-city.
Presentation ceremony of the commission letter will be held on Wednesday, March 30th at Kofu City Hall.
Commemorative photo with Mr. Yuichi Higuchi, mayor of Kofu-city
Published at: 2016-03-25 18:00
Original site: http://www.shogi.or.jp/news/2016/03/post_1374.html
Tokyo (HEROZ, inc.) - HEROZ, inc. ("HEROZ") providing mobile applications with Artificial Intelligence (AI), is proud to announce that the English version of "Shogi Wars", an application officially approved by Japan Shogi Association, has been released.
From today's updated version, players can switch language from Japanese to English at the bottom right of the main page. A part of the sounds and graphics in the application remain Japanese, however, the English version allows everyone to enjoy Shogi, indicating buttons, tutorials, and Shogi pieces in English. Players can also apply and receive certification of diploma with no circumstance.
Shogi Wars will continue to strive for making contributions to the popularization of Shogi around the world.
"We have finally been able to release the English version, receiving much demand from users and people involved in Shogi. We strongly hope that this application will contribute to increase Shogi fans, enjoying playing against users from all around the world" comments Takahiro Hayashi, CEO of HEROZ.
"Japan Shogi Association has been putting effort into spreading Shogi worldwide for over 30 years; however, there has not been a perfect environment for foreign players to lightly enjoy the game. But now this English version of Shogi Wars will become a gathering spot for anyone to enjoy Shogi regardless of race. I can't be any happier if all fans and players in the world will find the excitement of playing Shogi through this application" says Teruichi Aono Kudan, the executive director of Japan Shogi Association and a professional Shogi player in Japan.
【About HEROZ, inc】
HEROZ is a company providing mobile apps using Artificial Intelligence (AI), which aims at offering services in the world with the concept "Surprising in mind". It is one of the biggest service providers in Japan today, and will keep on offering services and collaboration activities actively to create a paradigm shift with the key word, AI x mobile.
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