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Resultados 15th U.S. Shogi Championship (Ingles)

Buenas. Pues dado el poco tiempo que tengo libre estos meses, os pego por aqui el mail que recibi hace varios dias con los resultados del, nada menos que 15º torneo Americano de Shogi. 

… y para cuando el primero de España!??  … Esta en mi mente el poder hacer algo para 2011.

…pero no hay que avanzarse a los acontecimientos. :p

********** COPIO Y PEGO MAIL *************

G.Fernandez to shogi-list

show details 5 May (7 days ago)

Dear Shogi Fans,

The 15th U.S. Shogi Championship was held at the Club Quarters, Wall Street Hotel in New York on April 3-4, 2010. The Japan Shogi Renmei New York Branch hosted the event. Thirty-five adults from numerous states participated and about 15 local children played in a “Kid’s Tournament” on Sunday. Mr. Akio Ishikawa, a 7 Dan Professional player from Japan, was our Special Guest and Honorary Chairman.
Mr. Tetsuo Higashino, a 6 Dan from San Francisco, emerged victorious, beating Mr. T. Futagami 4 Dan from Georgia in the Finals. They are both newcomers to the American shogi scene but were eligible contestants by virtue of having resided in the U. S. for more than a year. Mr. Higashino, representing Miyagi Prefecture, was the winner of the Amateur Ryu-O tournament in Japan in 2003 and has a Shogi Club 24 [ ] rating above 2550! The Final game was expertly analyzed on a large display board by Mr. Ishikawa, Pro.
A strong field of twenty 3 Dan or above players, including 4 past winners, competed. Mr. Watanabe, ama-5 Dan, winner of the 1st & 2nd U.S. Championships, then-representing New York, was back and advanced to the final 8 where his long winning streak came to an end vs. Mr. Higashino. Alan Baker, the winner in 2008, couldn’t advance to the A group from a strong Qualifying Quad Group which included 2006 winner Jiro Yoshinari.
The B Section top two finishers were a repeat of the recent 3rd Shogi World Championship and a battle between the two most active players on the Pan-Atlantic ratings list [], each one amassing more than 1000 rated, over-the-board games! Mr. Nozawa, a two-time champion from Chicago, won the consolation section when his opponent made a silly illegal move in a nearly won position.
My personal shogi highlights were an exciting come-from-behind win against Mr. Kudo, a 4 Dan from LA, and a Bishop handicap win vs. Mr. Ishikawa pro, at the New York Shogi Club meeting, a few days after the event. Socially, I enjoyed the “Friendship Dinner” on Saturday, followed by some karaoke with a group of seven players, at a nearby bar/box, where Mr. Andy Matsumoto, a self-taught semi-pro singer from LA, displayed an entertaining and superior talent while others played more shogi and sang.
The turnout among the American players was low again this year, with only six players participating. We’re hoping to put forth a greater promotional effort at next year’s event, which will be held either in Philadelphia, for the first time, or in Washington, D.C.
The Los Angeles Team won the 5-player team event with a match score of 4-0 in a quick-play unrated format.

Here is a list of the prize winners:

1st Place T. Higashino (San Francisco) 6 Dan
2nd Place T. Futagami (Georgia) 4 Dan
3rd Place K. Tomita (LA) 3 Dan

B Section 1st K. Kajiura (NY) 3 Dan
B Section 2nd S. Ogihara (NY) 4 Dan
B Section 3rd H. Shimoda (SF) 2 Dan

Consolation 1st K. Nozawa (IL) 4 Dan
Consolation 2nd S. Higashionna (NC) 3 Dan

Top 4 Dan M. Kuramoto (LA)
Top 3 Dan K. Shindo (IL)
Top 2 Dan K. Shimizu (NY)
Top Shodan T. Shimura (SF)
Top Shodan Y. Yamashita (IL)
Top Kyu K. Kuwaki (NY)
Special Prize J. Armstrong (NY)

Team Champions: LA Team, 4-0 Match Score, 15-5 Game Score.

G. Fernandez

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Tenth Pullach Open Shogi Tournament (Near, Munich )

Dear Shogi players,

we would like to invite you to the tenth Pullach Open shogi tournament in Pullach near Munich on the last weekend of May. The youth hostel where we will be playing is a very nice castle on the high bank of the Isar river, a few kilometers to the south of Munich. If you have not been here, this would be a perfect opportunity for holiday in Munich! 😉

Below and on this website:

you can find some details about our tournament.  We hope to see you soon in Munich!

Michael Hofmann & Jochum Drechsler

Shogi Tournament Pullach 2010
28.-30. May

5 rounds MacMahon system (pairing and ranking based on tournament performance rating) on Saturday/Sunday

Time: 70 minutes + 40 seconds byoyomi

On Friday evening there will be a Blitz tournament.


Jugendherberge Burg Schwaneck in Pullach near Munich

Burgweg 4 – 6, 82049 Pullach

Tel: +49 -89 / 74486672 Fax: +49 -89 / 74486680

How to get there:

by car: south of Munich on the B11

by train: from Munich with S 7 to Pullach then 10 minutes by foot

by plane: from Munich airport via S1 or S8 to central station, from there with S7 to Pullach, then 10 minutes by foot

Entry fee:

10,- EUR (15,- EUR für non-members of a FESA-Organisation)

Special offer to beginners: Entry fee for every player that has not yet played an official Shogi tournament in Europe will be 1,- EUR!

There will also be a special prize for the best beginner!


28.May – 30.May 2008

Friday 18:00h dinner

19:00h Blitz tournament

Saturday 7:00 – 8:45h breakfast

9:15 – 9:45h registration

10:00h 1st round

13:00 – 13:45h lunch break

17:00 – 18:00h dinner

21:00h end of 3rd round

Sunday 7:00 – 8:30h breakfast

8:30h 4th round

15:00h prize giving


Youth Hostel Burg Schwaneck in Pullach just out of Munich

Rooms for 4-6 people 36,- EUR per night per person (including breakfast on Saturday/Sunday, a warm dinner on Friday and Saturday, lunch package for Saturday and Sunday). It will be possible to take the meals only, if you choose to stay somewhere else (7,50 EUR per warm meal), but please inform us about that some days in advance.

For registration (for the tournament and accomodation) and inquiries please ask one of us:

Michael Hofmann (organisation)


Jochen Drechsler (tournament director)

For registration please answer some questions (see below) and include any additional information that might help us with the organisation.

It is advised to register early for accommodation!

Registration form:

Shogi tournament in Munich (28 May – 30 May 2010)


When will you arrive?


Will you take full board accommodation?

(for Saturday night only, Sunday night only, both or none)

Otherwise: Will you take warm meals only and stay elsewhere?

(warm meals for Friday evening, Saturday evening, both or none)

Shunkan Shogi; Report de la 5ta y ultima partida del torneo “KIO”

Buenas, actualización rapidilla con el “Kifu ( anotacion, y comentarios en ingles U_Uu )” del torneo “KIO” ( Japón), entre Kubo y Sato. Por cortesia de Reijer Grimberge, desde la shogi-list. – 12 Apr.

=== KIFU === And coments ===

In this Shukan Shogi report the fifth and final game of the Kio match
between Kubo and Sato. A very dramatic game to end a close match. Here is
the game with comments:

[Black “Sato Yasumitsu, Challenger”]
[White “Kubo Toshiaki, Kio”]
[Event “35th Kio-sen, Game 5”]
[Date “March 30th 2010”]
1.P7g-7f 00:00:00 00:00:00

The furigoma resulted in three tokins, giving challenger Sato the black
pieces in the fifth and decisive game of this Kio match. This was a
hard-fought match, but they don’t come much tougher than what happened in
this game…

2.P3c-3d 00:00:00 00:00:00
3.P2g-2f 00:00:00 00:00:00
4.P5c-5d 00:00:00 00:00:00
5.P2f-2e 00:00:00 00:00:00
6.R8b-5b 00:00:00 00:00:00

Of course the Gokigen Nakabisha. The question is: what has Sato prepared?

7.S3i-4h 00:00:00 00:00:00
8.P5d-5e 00:00:00 00:01:00
9.K5i-6h 00:00:00 00:01:00
10.B2b-3c 00:00:00 00:02:00
11.P3g-3f 00:00:00 00:02:00
12.K5a-6b 00:00:00 00:09:00
13.S4h-3g 00:00:00 00:09:00
14.K6b-7b 00:00:00 00:09:00
15.S3g-4f 00:03:00 00:09:00
16.G4a-3b 00:03:00 00:13:00
17.K6h-7h 00:06:00 00:13:00
18.K7b-8b 00:06:00 00:16:00
19.S7i-6h 00:12:00 00:16:00
20.S3a-4b 00:12:00 00:18:00
21.S6h-7g 00:31:00 00:18:00
22.S4b-5c 00:31:00 00:19:00
23.P3f-3e 00:32:00 00:19:00

This is the most popular attacking strategy these days: moving the left
silver to 4f and attacking the head of the bishop next.

24.P3dx3e 00:32:00 00:27:00
25.S4fx3e 00:32:00 00:27:00
26.S5c-6d 00:32:00 00:43:00
27.P*3d 00:57:00 00:43:00
28.B3c-2b 00:57:00 01:08:00
29.P2e-2d 01:21:00 01:08:00
30.P2cx2d 01:21:00 01:08:00
31.R2hx2d 01:21:00 01:08:00

It looks like black can break through with 31.Sx2d, but after 32.B4d white
can strongly develop his major pieces. For example, 33.S3e Bx3e Rx2a+ S7b is
good for black because even if black picks up a second piece for the silver
after +Rx1a, “the bishop on 8h is in a hideous position, making it
impossible for the static rook side to win” (Sato).

32.P*2c 01:21:00 01:32:00
33.R2d-2f 01:23:00 01:32:00
34.L9a-9b 01:23:00 01:34:00

This preparation move for the Anaguma took Sato completely by surprise. Kubo
had a simple explanation: “If one has the opportunity to move into a
stronger castle, it is better to take that opportunity”.

35.S7g-6f 02:15:00 01:34:00

Sato took 52 minutes for this move, which clearly shows that he hadn’t
prepared for this development.

36.K8b-9a 02:15:00 01:38:00
37.G6i-6h 02:23:00 01:38:00
38.S7a-8b 02:23:00 01:38:00
39.P9g-9f 02:23:00 01:38:00
40.P7c-7d 02:23:00 01:41:00
41.G4i-5h 02:25:00 01:41:00
42.G6a-7a 02:25:00 01:45:00
43.B8h-9g 02:27:00 01:45:00
44.P7d-7e 02:27:00 02:09:00
45.P7fx7e 02:27:00 02:09:00
46.P5e-5f 02:27:00 02:10:00
47.P5gx5f 02:37:00 02:10:00
48.P*5e 02:37:00 02:14:00
49.S3e-4f 02:43:00 02:14:00
50.P5ex5f 02:43:00 02:15:00
51.P7e-7d 02:43:00 02:15:00
52.P4c-4d 02:43:00 02:38:00
53.N2i-3g 02:51:00 02:38:00
54.B2b-3a 02:51:00 02:44:00
55.R2f-3f 03:10:00 02:44:00
56.B3a-4b 03:10:00 02:45:00
57.P*2b 03:17:00 02:45:00
58.G3bx2b 03:17:00 02:46:00
59.S4f-3e 03:17:00 02:46:00
60.G2b-3b 03:17:00 02:47:00
61.S3ex4d 03:23:00 02:47:00
62.R5b-5d 03:23:00 02:51:00
63.P3d-3c+ 03:28:00 02:51:00
64.N2ax3c 03:28:00 02:56:00
65.R3f-3d 03:28:00 02:56:00
66.P*3f 03:28:00 03:03:00
67.P*5e 03:29:00 03:03:00
68.S6dx5e! 03:29:00 03:14:00

Great move by the “Sabaki Artist” Kubo. This temporary sacrifice of the
silver brings all the white pieces to life.

69.B9gx4b+ 03:39:00 03:14:00
70.G3bx4b 03:39:00 03:15:00
71.S6fx5e 03:42:00 03:15:00
72.R5dx7d 03:42:00 03:16:00
73.P*7f 03:43:00 03:16:00
74.P3fx3g+ 03:43:00 03:18:00

Not only has white made a strong tokin on 3g and exchanged the passive
bishop on 4b, he has forced black to drop a pawn on the 7th file, so black
no longer has the pawn drop on 7b to shake up the anaguma castle.

75.B*6e 03:43:00 03:18:00
76.R7d-8d 03:43:00 03:25:00
77.S*7e 03:45:00 03:25:00
78.R8dx4d 03:45:00 03:31:00
79.R3dx4d 03:46:00 03:31:00
80.P*4c 03:46:00 03:32:00
81.R4d-5d 03:48:00 03:32:00
82.P*7g 03:48:00 03:39:00
83.N8ix7g 03:49:00 03:39:00
84.B*3f 03:49:00 03:39:00
85.R5d-5a+ 03:54:00 03:39:00
86.+P3gx4g 03:54:00 03:39:00
87.G5hx4g 03:54:00 03:39:00
88.B3fx4g+ 03:54:00 03:39:00
89.+R5ax4b 03:54:00 03:39:00
90.S*5i 03:54:00 03:41:00
91.G*5h 03:55:00 03:41:00
92.S5ix6h+ 03:55:00 03:41:00
93.G5hx6h 03:55:00 03:41:00
94.P5f-5g+ 03:55:00 03:46:00
95.B6ex4g 03:55:00 03:46:00
96.+P5gx4g 03:55:00 03:46:00
97.B*3e 03:57:00 03:46:00
98.N*5f 03:57:00 03:51:00
99.G6h-6i 03:57:00 03:51:00
100.G*7b? 03:57:00 03:51:00

This is overly cautious. Without the gold, the white attack is not so strong
and with two rooks, black has a lot of firepower.

101.P*5g 03:58:00 03:51:00
102.+P4gx5g 03:58:00 03:52:00
103.B3ex5g 03:58:00 03:52:00
104.N3c-4e 03:58:00 03:52:00
105.B5g-4f 03:58:00 03:52:00
106.B*5g 03:58:00 03:52:00
107.S*7i 03:58:00 03:52:00
108.P*5h 03:58:00 03:52:00
109.R*3b? 03:59:00 03:52:00

The first move in byoyomi by Sato and a serious mistake. We will see why in
a short while. The rook drop in itself is not a bad move, but the square is
wrong. If Sato would have dropped the rook on 2b, it seems that black has a
decisive advantage.

110.G*5i! 03:59:00 03:54:00

Dropping a gold on 5i is rarely seen and almost always bad, but Kubo might
make this his signature move. After winning the 6th game of the Osho with a
gold drop on 5i, here it is again.

111.G6i-6h 03:59:00 03:54:00
112.N5fx6h+ 03:59:00 03:55:00
113.S7ix6h 03:59:00 03:55:00
114.B5gx4f+ 03:59:00 03:55:00
115.S5ex4f 03:59:00 03:55:00
116.P*3a 03:59:00 03:55:00

This is why the rook drop on 3b is wrong. Sat said after the game that as
soon as he played 109.R*3b, he realized that P*3a would be a big problem.

117.R3b-2b+ 03:59:00 03:55:00

The only way to keep the attack of the two rooks focused.

118.G*3b 03:59:00 03:55:00

Now black has to give up one of the two rooks and the black position is very
vulnerable to rook drops.

119.+R2bx3b 03:59:00 03:55:00
120.P3ax3b 03:59:00 03:55:00
121.G*7i 03:59:00 03:55:00
122.R*4i 03:59:00 03:57:00
123.B*5e 03:59:00 03:57:00
124.G5i-6i 03:59:00 03:57:00
125.G7ix6i 03:59:00 03:57:00
126.B*8i 03:59:00 03:57:00
127.K7hx8i 03:59:00 03:57:00
128.R4ix6i+ 03:59:00 03:57:00
129.G*7i 03:59:00 03:57:00
130.G*7h 03:59:00 03:57:00
131.K8i-9h 03:59:00 03:57:00
132.G7hx7i 03:59:00 03:57:00
133.S6hx7i 03:59:00 03:57:00
134.+R6ix7i 03:59:00 03:57:00
135.G*8i 03:59:00 03:57:00
136.+R7i-6h? 03:59:00 03:58:00

Here Sato thought he had lost the game because of 136.S*9g. Kubo didn’t like
this because of 137.Kx9g +Rx8i S*9h and he thought that black could fight
back. However, after +Rx9i N8e (attacking the rook, so Kubo thought this
could not be played) P*7g! white has a decisive advantage. For example, N*7d
L*7c Nx8b G7ax8b wins for white.

137.K9h-9g 03:59:00 03:58:00
138.+R6h-5i? 03:59:00 03:58:00

Sato was already very relieved that Kubo had let him off the hook with
136.+R7i-6h, but here he must have pinched himself.

139.B*2f! 03:59:00 03:58:00

Now white has to give up the rook that was gifted to him earlier on because
139.+Rx8i fails to 140.+Bx7a and Gx7a Bx8b+ leads to mate.

140.P*7c 03:59:00 03:59:00
141.B2fx5i 03:59:00 03:59:00
142.P5hx5i+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
143.R*4a 03:59:00 03:59:00
144.P*5d 03:59:00 03:59:00
145.B5ex1a+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
146.B*6h 03:59:00 03:59:00
147.L*8e 03:59:00 03:59:00
148.P9c-9d 03:59:00 03:59:00
149.S4fx4e 03:59:00 03:59:00
150.S*3c 03:59:00 03:59:00
151.+B1ax3c 03:59:00 03:59:00
152.P3bx3c 03:59:00 03:59:00
153.G8i-7h 03:59:00 03:59:00
154.B*7i 03:59:00 03:59:00
155.S*8h 03:59:00 03:59:00
156.B7ix8h+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
157.K9gx8h 03:59:00 03:59:00
158.B6h-5g+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
159.S7e-6f 03:59:00 03:59:00
160.+B5g-3e 03:59:00 03:59:00
161.N*7e 03:59:00 03:59:00
162.S*6i 03:59:00 03:59:00
163.P*4f 03:59:00 03:59:00
164.S6ix7h+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
165.K8hx7h 03:59:00 03:59:00
166.+P5i-6i 03:59:00 03:59:00

And game over after 166.Kx6i +Bx4f P*5g, because +B4e fails to Lx8c+ and
after either Sx8c or Gx8c, black wins with Rx7a+ followed by Nx8c=. In the
press room the analysis was stopped and preparations were underway to
welcome a new Kio title holder.

167.S4ex5d?? 03:59:00 03:59:00

A blunder that throws away the game and the match. Sato said after the game
that he never even looked at 167.Kx6i.

168.+B3ex4f 03:59:00 03:59:00
169.P*5g 03:59:00 03:59:00
170.+B4f-6d 03:59:00 03:59:00
171.S5d-5c= 03:59:00 03:59:00

The reason Sato played 167.Sx5d was that he thought that black could play
171.+Rx7a here. However, if white takes the other rook with 172.+Bx4b then
even thought it is a close call, there is no mate after Nx8c=.

172.+B6dx5c 03:59:00 03:59:00
173.+R4bx5c 03:59:00 03:59:00
174.S*7i 03:59:00 03:59:00
175.N7g-6e 03:59:00 03:59:00
176.+P6i-6h 03:59:00 03:59:00
177.K7h-7g 03:59:00 03:59:00
178.G*7h 03:59:00 03:59:00
179.K7g-8f 03:59:00 03:59:00
180.P8c-8d 03:59:00 03:59:00

The decisive move at last. This pawn both attacks the vital lance on 8e and
attacks on the head of the black king.

181.N*8c 03:59:00 03:59:00
182.S8bx8c 03:59:00 03:59:00
183.N7ex8c= 03:59:00 03:59:00
184.G7bx8c 03:59:00 03:59:00
185.N6ex7c+ 03:59:00 03:59:00
186.G8cx7c 03:59:00 03:59:00
187.S6f-6e 03:59:00 03:59:00
188.P8dx8e 03:59:00 03:59:00
189.K8f-7e 03:59:00 03:59:00
190.+P6hx6g 03:59:00 03:59:00
Resigns 03:59:00 03:59:00

The simple threat is G*8d, but there is no good defense, so Sato resigned
here. A great game that had everything that makes shogi such a great game.
Sato will be very disappointed that he let this one slip away. On the other
hand, Kubo will be delighted with being able to claw back from the abyss and
keep his two major titles. This was the last game of the 2009-2010 season,
but it was so impressive that it was selected as the best game of the

Reijer Grimbergen
School of Computer Science, Tokyo University of Technology
1404-1 Katakura, Hachioji, Tokyo, 192-0982 Japan
Tel: +81-(0)42-637-2591 FAX: +81-(0)42-637-2112

Curso de Shogi (Mangamore 09)

Durante el fin de semana pasado se a realizado dentro del evento Mangamore (Amorebieta – Bizkaia) un curso de shogi que superando las espectativas ya que ni tan siquiera habia sido anunciado tuvo una gran acojida por parte del publico.

Entre 12-15 personas se animaron a aprender los fundamentos basicos del juego en las tardes del sabado y el domingo y algunos de los que lo disfrutaron el 1er dia volvieron a repetir la experiencia el domingo incluso traiendo consigo incluso nuevos interesados

Esperemos en futuras ediciones poder repetir e incluso ampliar la experiencia (quizas un campeonato??) 

Hachi-one diver

Hiii!  tiempo sin escribir, y esque el curro no me deja el tiempo libre del que a todos nos gustaria disponer. ^_^u

En fins, os escribo para informaros de algo que no es una gran novedad, pero si es de interes para el mundillo del SHOGI, y por ende tiene gran relevancia en este Blog.

Se trata nada menos que de la adaptación de un Manga sobre el juego de SHOGI, a serie de TV.

HACHI-ONE DIVER, o; 8 1 diver.
(Hachi =8 en Japones, y One= 1 del ingles. En referencia a las 81 casillas en las que el tablero de SHOGI esta dividido)


** INFO: **

Sugata Kentaro es un exjugador profesional de Shôgi ( conocido támbien como; ajedrez japonés) un juego de mesa para dos jugadores.

Después de abandonar la categoria profesional, Sugata entra en el mundo de “Shinkenshi” (“Maestros del juego”), donde los jugadores juegan a shogi. Allí conoce a Nakashizu Soyo, Una mujer Shinkenshi que además trabaja a media jornada como Maid (Sirvienta) en Akihabara

Basado en el manga del mismo nombre creado por Shibata Yokusaru.

Titulo en Japonés: ハチワンダイバー
Titulo (romaji): Hachi-One Diver
Titulo alternativo: 81-diver
Genero: Suspense, deporte
Tv: Fuji TV
Comienzo emisión: 03 de Mayo de 2008
Horario: Sabados 23:10
Canción: Make my day by Aragaki Yui

Mizobata Junpei: es; Sugata Kentaro
Naka Riisa: es; Nakashizu Soyo
Date Mikio (伊達みきお)
Tomizawa Takeshi (富澤たけし)
Kinoshita Yukina (木下優樹菜)
Yasuda Misako

PAGINA WEB OFICIAL: [en Japones obviamente]

=== Info adicional: ===

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* NdShiger: Fan-sub, o Fansub, es un grupo de aficionados, que comprándose el materiel original NO editado en su país, y con la ayuda de la “red” ( Aka; internet. ^_^) consigue los “Scripts (Diálogos de la serie)”  y de manera altruista los edita en una grabación del material original, o en su defecto; las grabaciones descargadas previamente emitidas en la TV Japonesa. Para que otr@s afidianad@s, puedan conocer, y compartir esta serie ( adaptaciones de mangas, novelas, o video juegos, al formato de; Anime, Dorama. Etc…).

Este hecho esta fuera de la ley en la gran mayoría de países. Y el material no debe poseerse durante más tiempo del que la legislación de tu país indique (24 horas en espanya) a menos que también seas poseedor del material ORIGINAL En cuyo caso puede ser conservado como “COPIA LEGAL de seguridad”. ^__^

HAGAMOS UN USO RESPONSABLE del subtitulado. Y si este material que poseas descargado de internet es licenciado en tu País,trata de hazte con el por el bien común.

Doumo arigatou gozaimasu!

Jya ne- minna!