Kids set record for ‘shogi’ games

Kyodo

More than 3,000 children set a world record for simultaneous “shogi” Japanese chess games played in one location during an event at Tokyo Big Sight convention hall on Sunday.

The 1,574 games played by 3,148 children of elementary school age or younger was recognized as a world record by Guinness World Records, organizers said.

“I am excited to see so many children playing shogi. I would not have imagined such a large number of shogi players in my childhood,” Japan Shogi Association executive Koji Tanigawa said as he received the certificate from Guinness World Records.

“There won’t be another event like this in Tokyo,” he said.