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Human vs. computer shogi series to end this year

A series of shogi matches between professional shogi players and software programs, will end with upcoming matches this year, the Japan Shogi Association announced on Feb. 22.

    Nobuo Kawakami, chairman of Dwango Co., which hosts the "Deno Sen" event, said, "These serious battles between humans and software have completed their historic role." The "Eio Sen," a shogi tournament that has determined who would compete on the human side in the Deno Sen, will be continued. Kawakami said he also wants to continue the software vs. software "Deno Tournament" in some form.

    This year's Deno Sen will be between top-level shogi player Amahiko Sato, 29, who won the Eio Sen, and the software Ponanza. The matches will be held at the Nikko Toshogu Shrine in Nikko, Tochigi Prefecture, on April 1, and at Himeji Castle in Himeji, Hyogo Prefecture, on May 20. Both sides will be given five hours of thinking time.

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