After a several-year hiatus, the Vancouver Shogi Club is back!
About the Vancouver Shogi Club
Everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of skill level, age, gender or background. Our players range from beginner (15-kyu) through to expert (5-dan), and we have instructors who are native English and native Japanese speakers. We would be happy to teach you how to play!
History of the Vancouver Shogi Club
Originally founded in 1968 by Mr. Makoto KUMANO (熊野理さん), the Vancouver Shogi Club was the first shogi club outside of Japan to be officially recognized by the Japan Shogi Association. Matches were played at a location on Hastings Street.
Under new management, the club was re-launched again in 2014. We hope to introduce shogi to a broader audience here in Vancouver.
Our plan for reviving organized shogi here in Vancouver and across Canada
- 2014: Re-launch the Vancouver Shogi Club.
- 2014: Organize an annual online Canadian Shogi Championship, which will be used to select Canada’s representative at the 2014 International Shogi Forum in Shizuoka, Japan.
- 2015: Work with board game stores in Vancouver, to encourage them to sell shogi sets.
- 2015: Encourage the creation of organized shogi clubs outside of Vancouver and Toronto (particularly in Montreal).
- 2015: Lead efforts to re-launch the Canadian Shogi Federation (CSF).
- 2017: Organize a Vancouver Open Shogi Championship, possibly including an appearance from a professional shogi player from Japan.
- 2018: Organize a Cascadian Open Shogi Championship, geared toward players from British Columbia, Washington, and Oregon.