The International Shogi Forum (ISF, or “国際将棋フォーラム” in Japanese) is a triennial event in which the best shogi players from outside Japan compete against each other in an international tournament. You could think of it as the World Cup or Olympics of shogi. The ISF began in 1999, and has been staged every three years since then.
Canada’s participant is selected through the annual Canadian Shogi Championship (CSC). The CSC winner during each ISF year (every three years) will represent Canada at the ISF. The next opportunity will be in 2017, when the next ISF is held in Kitakyushu City (southwest Japan) in late October.
The winner of the ISF tournament is invited to participate in the amateur Ryu-O tournament in Japan, which is a high-level competition filled mostly with Japanese players who were once training to become professional shogi players.
This page is primarily meant to collect information regarding the results of the Canadian participants, but will also contain overall results, and links to interesting pages (such as photo galleries).
- Winner: TAKAHASHI Haruto / 髙橋 晴仁 (Japan)
- Canadian rep: Colin Ng (Toronto) – advanced to quarter-finals (best-ever Canadian result), which included defeating the Austrian and German representatives
- Additionally, Laurie Smart (a Canadian resident in Japan and thus not eligible for the primary tournament) competed in an open exhibition tournament
- Final result table
- Results charts: preliminary group stage, final A-level bracket and final B-level bracket
- Official poster
- Video highlights (international players featured from 11:08-13:03)
- Photos by 18 participants and attendees
- Page (including photos) on official JSA website
- Article: “Grandmasters at the Shogi Forum” (part one and part two)
- The only ISF held outside of Japan thus far
- Winner: Jean Fortin (France)
- There was no Canadian representative, due to the Canadian Shogi Federation being dormant.
- Translated article: “Shogi Boom spreads across the borders!” (PDF)
- Official poster (includes invited pro shogi player guests from Japan
- Poster of participants
- Invitation package (PDF)
- More information (in French)
- Photos by Madoka KITAO: sets one, two, three and four
- Photos on the JSA website
- Photos by Rodolphe Engel
- Photos by Fabien Osmont
4th ISF (November 7-10, 2008) in Tendo, Japan
- Official website
- Winner: TANG Shunjie (China)
- Canadian rep: Ted Hsu (Ontario) – eliminated during initial group stage
- Note: Jeff Stroud was originally supposed to represent Canada, but was unable to attend. Stephen Larin was designated as the stand-in player, but he too was unable to attend. Ted Hsu ultimately represented Canada. Stroud’s name appears in some records, although Hsu actually attended.
- Results charts, match records (kifu) from semis and final, and several photos
- Various photos
- Video replay of final between Tang and Korchitskij (YouTube)
3rd ISF (October 22-23, 2005) in Tokyo, Japan
- Winner: OKA Kazutoshi / 岡 和俊 (Japan)
- Canadian reps: Brian Wald (Ontario) and Ted Hsu (Ontario). Wald finished 20th in the A-level competition. Hsu finished 1st in the C-level competition.
- Hsu was part of the “Team USA” that won the team tournament, alongside American reps Larry and Raymond Kaufman (see detailed results in links below)
- Reports by Canadian rep Ted Hsu and USA rep Larry Kaufman
- Result board (photo): A-level individual tournament
- Result boards: A-, B-, and C-level individual tournaments
- Result board (photo): team championship final round
- Detailed results: day one and day two (by Martin Danerud, FESA president)
- Travel journal by Alan Baker (non-competitor from USA)
- Various photos (part one, part two and part three)
- Match record (kifu) of exhibition game between Toshiyuki MORIUCHI (then Meijin title holder) and YSS computer software champion
2nd ISF (October 18-19, 2002) in Tokyo, Japan
- Winner: Gert Schnider (Austria)
- Canadian rep: none (Stephen Lamb represented Great Britain)
- Report by Martin Danerud, Swedish team manager (part one and part two)
- Results table from individual tournament
- Various photos
1st ISF (June 19-20, 1999) in Tokyo, Japan