Pro shogi players square off using high schoolers as pieces

The 54th Ningen Shogi (Human Japanese Chess) game was held at the top of Mount Maizuru in Tendo, Yamagata Prefecture, on April 18, with local high school students taking part in as human shogi pieces.

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Tendo is a center for shogi piece production, and the human shogi game is held by the city every spring.

Surrounded by nearly 2,000 cherry blossom trees in full bloom, students dressed in full armor moved around on the 16.6-meter by 13.8-meter shogi board as instructed by two female professional shogi players — 17-year-old high school player Kana Satomi, and 20-year-old second-dan player Hatsumi Ueda. Satomi defeated Ueda.