Quick update about August

August was full of events, let me summarize what had happened:

Tomas Cup – huge tournament with many serious children. I have played shido games, but I was obligated to try to teach in English! It was fun!

Keikyu Shogi Matsuri – festival inside a department store, many guests attended. I have played an exhibit game against Hori Ayano Ladies Professional  2kyu (she belongs to LPSA). Normally sitting in seiza woukd be fine, but public games like this makes me nervous and I cannot immediately stand after. Later I have written many shikishi (autographs) and talked with fans. Finally I have played 3-board shido games (teaching games).  Since it was a festival, atmosphere was great!

Article in Shogi Sekai – this year shogi lesson for French students have ended, but I have a pleasure to inform you that there is an article with photos about it in the newest Shogi Sekai. Please read if you are interested!

Kumon interview – back in Yamanashi, I had an interview for Kumon, which is a famous learning center (check it out, it is really cool and maybe they are in your country). I used to learn Japanese with Kumon. In the interview I could talk about my experiences at Kumon, shogi and difficulties of living in Japan. I am grateful for the opportunity!

September is going to be interesting, but I do not wait to spoil too much. Maybe… Just a little. Here is a leaflet of event in Yamanashi. Please join if you are around:

 

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At the end I give you tsumeshogi from Takamine san who works at Shogi Renmei. Funny story, when I came to Japan first time six years ago, he had showed me the same  problem. Enjoy!

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(The cat is just there to bring your attention. Yes, it is my cat in Poland)

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August

It is very hot. There is typhoon with heavy rainfalls as well. Nothing unusual for August in Japan. But let me talk about my recent adventures.

Kiroku gakari (game record/game time managing) – my favourite job for now. First time I managed to make a simple mistake of deleting wrong player`s time and making everybody confused. But hey, failures are needed to improve! And I corrected the mistake quickly. I have to admit my ability to sit in seiza is raising thanks to this job. Interesting.

French shogi lesson – I participated few times already. Every year there are three different groups of French students. Together with Toyama 6 dan and Japanese volunteers we show them the world of shogi and teach basic rules. All in English. I enjoy those workshops a lot. If you can see some photos and read more in Japanese on Toyama sensei`s post.

But there is no end here. There was also another event in Shiroi City. Every year they make Poland vs Japan match, this time Yorimoto Ladies Professional 1 kyu was the special guest. (I won *coughs*) We also could eat a lot of local Nashi (Japanese pear). They are so tasty. I got courage to write Shiroi in kanji on my shikishi as a special prize. Next month I will have lessons in Shiroi City, exciting.

Meantime in Kiev, Ukraine, European Shogi Championship and World Open Shogi Championship were held. I want to share the results:

ESC TOP 4

  1. Vinсent Tanian <- new European Champion
  2. Sergey Korchitsky
  3. Thomas Leiter
  4. Marco Dietmayer

WOSC TOP 4

  1. Shun Tokuni
  2. Sergey Korchitsky
  3. Thomas Leiter
  4. Ikuo Teraoka

Next week is still full of work. I noticed that professionals have more works in holidays, since this is when people organize tournaments and shogi events. Oh well!

At the end I would like to share tsumeshogi made by my friend from Yamanashi, Kitta san. Enjoy. (and be careful, both have some trick in them!)

Note: Diagrams were made on this great website .