Human shogi at Sekigahara

Last weekend there was a human shogi exhibition in Sekigahara. This is the first time that this type of event is held in Sekigahara. Other famous human shogi battles are held on Himeji and Tendo.

The Meijin Satou Amahiko faced Yamazaki Takayuki in the recreation of the battle of Sekigahara.

Sekigahara is at the prefecture of Gifu, between Nagoya and Kyoto, and is the spot of the most famous battle in Japan.

The battle of Sekigahara took place on October 21 in 1600. The forces of Toyotomi Hideyori, son of Toyotomi Hideyoshi, faced the supporters of Tokugawa Ieyasu. Each army had around 80-90.000 soldiers and it changed the destiny of Japan. The unification of Japan that started a few years before the battle thanks to Oda Nobunaga and Toyotomi Hideyoshi arrived at the climax when the armies of the east of Japan controlled by Tokugawa Ieyasu fight against the western Japan forces controlled by Toyotomi Hideyori. Tokugawa Ieyasu won this battle thanks to a secret coalition with some forces of Toyotomi who betrayed him in the battlefield. This looks like to the game of shogi were pieces can be used against when captured.

Here is a small clip explaining the battle:

As I explained in the posts about the human shogi in Tendo city the are some “special” rules like each piece should be moved at least once.

For this battle, the Meijin Satou Amahiko lead the troops of the west and Yamazaki Takayuki the troops of the east.

You can watch the game here:

Satou Amahiko:

Yamazaki Takayuki:

There was also expected the game between the female players Muroya and Hasegawa but it was cancel due to the rain.

Here is a moments of twitter made by the professional player Nozuki Hirotaka who assist to the event.