Report: Shōgi lecture and Workshop at the University of Stirling

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On Monday 4th of February, as part of the UK- Japan Season of Culture 2019/2020, the University of Stirling held a seminar and workshop to introduce the Japanese chess game, Shōgi.

The event began with an opening speech from Deputy Principal Professor Neville Wylie. Following this, Dr Shuzo Sakata from the University of Strathclyde gave a fascinating lecture on the birth and popularity of Shogi across Japan; as well as Shogi competitions between humans and artificial intelligence.

Following the lecture, a shogi workshop was organized, giving 40 participants the opportunity to experience this strategic game first-hand. Despite most of the attendees being first time players, everyone quickly mastered the Shogi rules and was able to go head-to-head, resulting in some tense matches.
It was a great opportunity not only to learn about Shogi game, but to experience its unique play style in a beginner-friendly environment.

The university of Stirling will continue to host events throughout the Season of Culture, so be sure to keep checking in on our homepage and social media. We hope you can join us for the coming events.
 

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