Shogi - International House of Games
International house of games
The Language Resources Centre (LRC) invites you to come and join us in playing games as the Centre is transformed into an international house of games. Alec Redvers-Hill will lead each session. You will learn to play iconic games enjoyed by millions in China, Japan and Korea and, at the same time, be able to practice the relevant language.
Thursday 13 October 2016
Shogi is a form of chess unique to Japan. Unlike the western version of chess, pieces are not eliminated, they are ‘captured’ and can be placed onto the board later and played as one of the captor’s pieces. In addition, each piece has a specific ‘promotion’ that can be activated when they reach the end of the board, which may not necessarily be advantageous. Participants will learn the characters and words used for each of the pieces, as well as idioms and proverbs that have entered Japanese language based on the game. You will be given the opportunity to play either against each other or a computer (with variable difficulty).
ALEC REDVERS-HILL is currently the Resources Officer at the LRC having joined King’s from New Zealand where he taught Japanese. He regularly supports the events offered by the Japan Foundation at the LRC and is an expert of Asian popular culture.
Other sessions taking place as part of 'International house of games' are as below (all sessions will run between 17.00-18.00):