[shogi]Report from my friend in Australia

June 29, 2008

My friend in Australia hosted a shogi table at Japanese Festival.
I got the report from him as below;

I was recently invited to host a shogi table at the Japanese festival in Melbourne , Australia.
The allocation for me was two chairs and one table, placed in a room, between the Origami and Go section.
The event was scheduled to open at 10:00 am , however as soon as I set my board up at 9:30 , I found myself instructing a teenage girl on how to defeat her brother! (she almost did)
This was the beginning of over seven hours playing and instructing Shogi for me! I payed approximately 20 games, my opponents varied from old men , right down to young children. I even played a beautiful Japanese lady dressed in a Kimono. The playing strength varied from perhaps 1 or 2 kyu, down to 15 kyu. (I’m only around 12 kyu)
My games were a mixture of even, or 1 or 2 piece handicaps. All the games were close battles with at times 15-20 spectators. Player demand was exceeding my supply of space and sets, after a couple of hours the Go section kindly gave me the use of one of their tables. This allowed me to use my other two sets and to play two simultanious games, plus rotate around the 4 boards, offering advice , or instruction when needed. I really enjoyed this, even though I lost six games straight!
The majority of the people that I played were of corse Japanese, however I’m pleased to say that I introduced the game to quite a few people from different countries.
To sum up , it was a great day, there were would have been at least 50 games played by about 20 people, everyone involved seem to really enjoy themselves. To my knowlwdge , this is the first time Shogi has been played at this type of event in Melbourne.

Many thanks to the Mebourne Japanese Federation.

Regards Darren

[shogi]Report of Shogi society in May 2008

June 1, 2008

I will report the trend of Shogi society in May 2008.

1. Professional shogi society

1-1. Major 7 title matches

Title matches

title status match condition
20th Ryuo-sen SATO yasumitsu 2-4 WATANABE akira Ryuo. WATANABE defended. 7 set matches (4wins-match)
49th Oi-sen The play-off(1 set match) will be held between HABU yoshiharu and HASHIMOTO takanori. The winner will become the challenger to FUKAURA koichi Oi 7 set matches (4wins-match)
55th Oza-sen KUBO toshiaki 0-3 HABU yoshiharu. HABU defended. 5 set matches (3wins-match)
66th Meijin-sen MORIUCHI toshiyuki 1-3 HABU yoshiharu. 7 set matches (4wins-match)
57th Osho-sen HABU yoshiharu 4-1 KUBO toshiaki. HABU defended. 7 set matches (4wins-match)
79th Kisei-sen HABU yoshiharu won over KUBO toshiaki and became the challenger to SATO yasumitsu Kisei. 5 set matches (3wins-match)
33rd Kio-sen SATO yasumitsu 3-2 HABU yoshiharu. SATO defended. 5 set matches (3wins-match)

2. Female professional shogi society

2-1. Major 5 female title matches

title status match condition
18th Female Oi-sen ISHIBASHI sachio 3-2 SIMIZU ichiyo female Oi.
ISHIBASHI got Female Oi.
5 set matches (3wins-match)
15th KURASHIKI TOKA SAIDA haruko 1-2 SIMIZU ichiyo.
3 set matches (2wins-match)
30th Female Osho-sen SIMIZU ichiyo 2-0 YAUCHI rieko 5 set matches (3wins-match)
34th Female Meijini-sen YAUCHI rieko 3-0 SAIDA haruko. YAUCHI defended. 5 set matches (3wins-match)
1st MAINABI Female Open YAUCHI rieko 3-1 KAI tomomi. YAUCHI got the championship. 5 set matches (3wins-match)

That’s all.
See you next report!