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Introduction to Shōgi Demo - 11 December 2021
Introduction to Shōgi Demo - 11 December 2021
Introduction to Shōgi Demo - 11 December 2021
Introduction to Shōgi Demo - 11 December 2021
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Introduction to Shōgi Demo - 11 December 2021



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Shōgi is a Japanese board game, sometimes referred to as "Japanese Chess". The name means general's (shō ) board game (gi ). While early versions of shōgi were mentioned as far back as the 12th Century, the current version of the game was formalised in the 16th Century.

Shōgi has some unique elements, like the ability to reintroduce a captured piece to the game by the capturing player, thereby significantly expanding the gameplay complexity and scenarios.

The shōgi demo with Ulrich Wolff, one of a small number of shōgi players in South Africa, will focus on the origins and basic rules of the game. This will include an interactive introduction on how to set up and play the game, as well as some key elements like drops (reintroducing pieces) and strategies for winning.

WAZA will have a small number of shōgi sets available for sale.


  • DATE & TIME: 11 December 2021 from 11:00 - 13:00
  • VENUE: WAZA Japan Labo, 111 Loop Street, Cape Town
  • COST: Free

    What is provided:

    • Reserved seating for pre-booked guests.
    • Complimentary green tea by WAZA.

    What each participant should bring:

    • No prescribed items required.

    WAZA is open for shopping and attendees receive discount on the day.


    Q: Is it necessary to buy a free ticket?
    A: Entry is free, but preference will be given to guests with pre-booked tickets. In the event that there are places available, walk-ins will be allowed, but it is strongly recommended to reserve your place, since we will only allow a certain number of people. 

    Please note:

    • Masks are compulsory.
    • A maximum of 20 people will be allowed in the shop at a time (workshop participants and hosts).
    • Right of Admission Reserved.