Computer shogi tournaments and techniques

Tomoyuki Kaneko*, Takenobu Takizawa

*Corresponding author for this work

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Shogi is a major chess variant in Japan. This article presents two shogi competitions: the World Computer Shogi Championship, the largest annual competition held by the Computer Shogi Association, and The Floodgate, which is a complementary internet competition held voluntarily by researchers. Notable technical contributions made by participants and useful resources for prospective developers are also presented. The techniques and therefore playing strength are still improving, partly because both competitions have attracted active participants, even after the playing strength of computer programs has apparently surpassed that of human players.

Original languageEnglish
Article number2939259
Pages (from-to)267-274
Number of pages8
JournalIEEE Transactions on Games
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Sept


  • Computer shogi association (CSA)
  • Shogi
  • World Computer Shogi Championship (WCSC)

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Software
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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