Chess: The world’s most popular ‘Sports.’
Team Japan participates in Chess for the third time, after 2006 Doha and 2010 Guangzhou.
This page is about their trail, looking to collect their first medal.
About the Tournament
The Asian Games is a sporting event among the Asian Nations. Held by OCA (Olympic Council of Asia) every four years, it serves as the Olympic games for the Asian region.
19th Asian Games held in Hangzhou, China, are competed throughout 19 days, from September 19th to October 8, with 40 competitions and 481 events.
Chess is said to have more than 0.7 billion players on the planet, making it the largest mind sport in the world. Though having the same root as Shogi in Japan, there are several differences in the rules, the largest of which being the inability to reuse the captured chessmen, which results in the major characteristic of the game of draws. It is the third time Chess becoming an event in the Asian Games, and two players who qualified after the hard-fought selections will represent Japan to fight for the ever-first medal.
About the rules of Chess (Japanese) :https://japanchess.org/chess_rule/
Video on Rules of Chess (Japanese):
IM Shinya Kojima
Comment：“It is the third time Chess becomes a competition in the Asian Games. As I spoke in the Team Japan Press Conference, all we do is to put everything in the games we play. We will try to win the first medal for Japanese Chess.”
FM Kohei Yamada
Comment：“Players from all over Asia will come to compete. After the Pandemic, new powers such as India and Uzbekistan joins the powerhouse China to further strengthen the Asian presence in Chess. We two will play side-by-side against the best players from their countries, so please root for us.
Every Round will be commentated on YouTube and have live board broadcast!
9/24 16:00~ Individual Rapid R1
9/24 18:00~ Individual Rapid R2
9/25 16:00~ Individual Rapid R3
9/25 18:00~ Individual Rapid R4
9/26 16:00~ Individual Rapid R5
9/26 18:00~ Individual Rapid R6
9/26 20:00~ Individual Rapid R7
9/27 16:00~ Individual Rapid R8
9/27 18:00~ Individual Rapid R9
Win=1, Draw=0.5, Lose=0
IM Shinya Kojima 0 – 1 GM Sindarov Javokhir (Uzbekistan)
FM Yamada Kohei 1 – 0 GM Bilguun Sumiya (Mongolia)
IM Kojima Shinya 1 – 0 Kwong Wing Ki (Hong Kong)
FM Yamada Kohei o – 1 GM Wei Yi (China)
IM Kojima Shinya o – 1 GM Jumabayev Rinat (Kazakhstan)
FM Yamada Kohei 1 – 0 GM Priasmoro Novendra (Indonesia)
IM Kojima Shinya 0 – 1 IM Ahn Hongjin (South Korea)
FM Yamada Kohei 0 – 1 GM Maghsoodloo Parham (Iran)
IM Kojima Shinya 1 – 0 Kao Jamison Edrich (Hong Kong)
FM Yamada Kohei 0.5 – 0.5 FM Laohawirapap Prin (Thailand)
IM Kojima Shinya 0.5 – 0.5 IM Setyaki Azarya Jodi (Indonesia)
FM Yamada Kohei 0 – 1 GM Hossain Enamul (Bangladesh)
IM Kojima Shinya 0 – 1 FM Yamada Kohei
IM Kojima Shinya 0 – 1 FM Kwon Sehyun (South Korea)
FM Yamada Kohei 0.5 – 0.5 IM Markov Mikhail (Kyrgyzstan)
IM Kojima Shinya 1 – 0 (Bye Win)
FM Yamada Kohei 0 – 1 Nogerbek Kazybek (Uzbekistan)
9/18 Send-off Party
On September 18th, during the closing ceremony of the Japan Team Chess Championship 2023, held in Tokyo, the Send-off Party of the Representatives of Japan was held. The two players, as well as the support staff, came under the spotlight.
The three representatives, in their “TEAM JAPAN” uniforms, has made speeches for the competition, an was presented a flag filled with support messages and a round of applause.
The playback of the party can be seen in the video below. (25’25″~)
9/15 Team Japan Press Conference
On September 15th, “TEAM JAPAN Press Conference” was held, inviting His Imperial Highness the Crown Prince, and players and staff of Chess participated. IM Kojima has joined the “Enthusiasms for the Games” part.
Asian Games official website（English, Chinese）：https://info.hangzhou2022.cn/en/results/chess/daily-schedule.htm