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Computer Beats Human at Shogi, Japanese Chess, For First Time

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Credit: Paul Burgess

A computer has beaten a human at shogi, otherwise known as Japanese chess, for the first time. Computers have been beating humans at western chess for years, but western chess is a relatively simple game, with only about 10123 possible games existing that can be played out. Shogi is a bit more complex, offering about 10224 possible games.

The Mainichi Daily News reports that top women's shogi player Ichiyo Shimizu took part in a match staged at the University of Tokyo, playing against a computer called Akara 2010. The system beat Shimizu in six hours, over the course of 86 moves.

"It made no eccentric moves, and from partway through it felt like I was playing against a human," Shimizu told the Mainichi Daily News. "I hope humans and computers will become stronger in the future through friendly competition."

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