AI beats top shogi player in first match of tournament final

HIRAIZUMI, Iwate Prefecture–Artificial intelligence came out on top against a formidable human opponent when computer software Ponanza won the first leg of the final match of a shogi tournament on April 9 and 10. Using a robotic arm developed by Denso Corp. for playing shogi, Ponanza took the opening move at the match at Chusonji temple in the northern town of Hiraizumi. Representing humanity, Takayuki Yamasaki, 35, an 8-dan-ranked professional Japanese chess player, was beaten in the first round within 85 moves. Yamasaki said he had not anticipated such an outright defeat. “I wasn’t planning to let this happen, and I was at a huge disadvantage after the first day of the match,” he said. “I will make better moves in the second leg with a more relaxed and flexible…


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