On Saturday, 28th of June, 2014 we had the pleasure to organize the first shogi tournament in Wrocław. It was a joint effort of the Polish Shogi Association and the Polish-Japanese Friendship Foundation “NAMI”. The tournament took place at the headquarters of NAMI, at Energetyczna street 14.


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As many as 14 players took part in the main shogi event, and for many of them it has been their first real-life shogi tournament. Some of them (including the winner Krzysztof Sieja and Kamil Michaluk (3rd place)) have achieved a high level of play only by playing shogi on-line. However, as they have told us, live games bring a new joy to the game and are very thrilling.


Official results:


Nr

Name

 

Nat

Grade

1

2

3

4

5

Pts

+/-

1

Sieja Krzysztof PL   5+ 2+ 4+ 8+ 3- 4  

2

Agnieszczak

Pawel PL 4 Kyu 10+ 1- 3+ 7+ 5+ 4 +78

3

Michaluk

Kamil PL   14+ 6+ 2- 4+ 1+ 4  

4

Jedynak

Wojciech PL   11+ 7+ 1- 3- 9+ 3 +11 

5

Stanaszek

Mariusz PL 2 Kyu 1- 9+ 12+ 6+ 2- 3 -16 

6

Dziwoki

Adam PL   13+ 3- 9+ 5- 8+ 3  
7 Sliwinski Rafal PL   8+ 4- 14+ 2- 13+ 3  
8 Adaszewski Grzegorz PL 9 Kyu 7- 10+ 11+ 1- 6- 2 +20
9 Chojnacki Mateusz PL   12+ 5- 6- 10+ 4- 2  
10 Szczesniak Michal PL   2- 8- 13+ 9- 11+ 2  
11 Skudlarska Anna PL   4- 14+ 8- 12+ 10- 2  
12 Williams Russell US   9- 13+ 5- 11- 14+ 2  
13 Dubieleski Damian PL   6- 12- 10- 14+ 7- 1  
14 Swiech Janusz PL   3- 11- 7- 13- 12- 0 +11

See: also http://www.pzshogi.pl/index.php/en/news/13-news/47-1st-wroclaw-open-championships-in-shogi


Before the tournament we made an effort to create a shogi community in Wrocław. Before 2014, there have been only 3 active players in Wrocław (Krzysztof Sieja, Mateusz Chojnacki, Wojciech Jedynak) and they met only from time to time. Since 30th march, 2014, when Krzysiek has organized a shogi workshop together with NAMI, this number has more than doubled and 7 players from Wrocław took part in the shogi tournament:


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To achieve this we have organized both regular shogi workshops (twice a week during the month before the tournament) and occasional events (in the Japanese garden). All of the participants from Wrocław attended at least some of those classes.




Besides the main shogi event, we held a small Dobutsu shogi tournament. The winners were Mikołaj Klęk (the youngest player) and Maciej Pogorzelski, who both have participated in our classes.



In order to promote also other aspects of the Japanese and Polish cultures during the event, we have provided a lunch consisting of homemade sushi and barszcz (a traditional Polish soup).



The tournament was held under the patronage of the Wrocław’s Bureau of Sports, the Japanese culture website www.japonia-online.pl and the main Polish shogi webstite www.shogi.pl. We received Dobutsu shogi equipment from our sponsors Nekomado, Ltd and Egmont Polska. Mariusz Stanaszek of Polish Shogi Association was the referee and he brought all of the required shogi equipment for the main tournament. The venue and all of the side events (doubutsu shogi tournament, homemade sushi for lunch etc) were provided and prepared by the Polish-Japanese Friendship Foundation “NAMI”.


More pictures from the Doubutsu shogi tournament (public Facebook album)


More pictures from the shogi tournament (public Facebook album)


Final results


Pictures provided by Maciej Pogorzelski.

Report written by Wojciech Jedynak.