Karolina Styczynska becomes first foreign female shogi player in Japan

Karolina won yesterday’s game against Sadamasu Minami, with this victory, Karolina, fulfilled the conditions for her grade up from 3kyuu to 2kyuu. She was born in Poland and nowadays she is studying at the university of Yamanashi in Japan. A few years ago she discovered the Shogi thanks to the anime Naruto and became a strong player in Europe. She was invited by Kitao Madoka to a tournament in 2012 where she beat a professional…

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Kato Hifumi becomes the oldest shogi player

Katou Hifumi (加藤 一二三) broke the record as the oldest shogi player this week when he surpassed Maruta Yuuzou. Katou had the record as the youngest shogi player before Fujii took it last year. Now, Katou is 77 years old so he has been playing for 63 years. He got multiple titles in his career. Meijin title 1982 10-grade title 1968, 1980 &1981 Oui title  1984 Oushou title 1978  Kiou title 1976 & 1977 He…

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Youngest pro shogi player, 14, to face 76-year-old veteran in tournament – The Mainichi

Sota Fujii, who at 14 years and two months became Japan’s youngest professional shogi player on Oct. 1, is set to go up against the oldest player, 76-year-old Hifumi Kato, in his first official match. Source: Youngest pro shogi player, 14, to face 76-year-old veteran in tournament – The Mainichi

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HInsurance -Brain study of shogi players reveals new insights into intuitive strategy decision-making

We often make strategic decisions intuitively – before evaluating all our options. For example, in games of strategy, players quickly adopt a stance of attack or defense. Exactly how this occurs, is not clear to brain researchers. Now, an imaging study of people playing the Japanese chess game shogi reveals some new clues about this intuitive strategy decision process. Researchers found that different regions of the brain separately encoded the values of offensive and defensive…

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