WCCC2012 program
9/15 SatArrival
9/16 SunRegistration
WFCC Opening Session
Quick Composing
9/17 MonOpen Solving
Chess and Shogi Friendship Match
9/18 TueWCSC 1st Day
WFCC Session(14:00-)
9/19 WedWCSC 2nd Day
WFCC Session(14:00-)
Lectures(14:00-)/ Concert(16:00-)
9/20 ThuExcursion to KyotoSolving Show
9/21 FriWFCC Closing Session
Closing Banquet
9/22 SatDeparture

Daily Activities in the Office Room

The office room (the Special Meeting Room A) is located on the 3rd floor of the venue.
It opens from 9:00am till 6:00pm.

September 16

Kimono Experience (for ladies only)

A chance to slip on Kimonos and take pictures. Drop in any time from 2:00pm to 6:00pm.

Daily Activities in the Hall

September 17

Chess and Shogi Friendship Match

GM Maxime Vachier-Lagrave and Yoshiharu Habu, two outstanding players of chess and Shogi (the Japanese variant of chess), will play games of chess and Shogi simultaneously.

Maxime Vachier-Lagrave

Born in France in 1990, Maxime Vachier-Lagrave became a GM in 2005 at the age of 14, which was the second youngest record ever to be a GM.
He won the World Junior Championship in 2009. Being the current French Champion with the rating of 2686, he is one of the top chess players in the world.
He is also interested in Shogi and played a rook handicapped Shogi game with Toshiyuki Moriuchi, the Meijin title holder of Shogi, last year in Paris and lost a close game.

Yoshiharu Habu

Born in Japan in 1970, Yoshiharu Habu became a professional Shogi player at the age of 15 in 1985. He has been the only player who had the seven major Shogi championship titles concurrently.
Now having two of the seven major Shogi championship titles, he is one of the most famous professional Shogi players as well as a FIDE Master of chess with the rating of 2404 (the highest among Japanese players).
He drew against GM Vachier-Lagrave last year in Paris.

The former Japanese chess champion Mr. Jacques-Marie Pineau and the former Amateur Shogi Meijin title holder Mr. Yuji Kikuta will be the commentators.

During the match, tea ceremony is also going on in the Hall. You can have a cup of green tea of the traditional tea ceremony with sweets and enjoy watching the match. The first cup is free.


Participants who would like to give a talk should notify the organizers beforehand.

September 18

Lecture on Dobutsu Shogi (in English)

A good chance to learn the 3x4 introductory Shogi game.
The instructors are Madoka Kitao and Maiko Fujita, women professional Shogi players who designed Dobutsu Shogi.

Lectures (in Japanese and English)

Yoshikazu Ueda will show you some of his fairy problems from his new book Aurora,
and Satoshi Hashimoto, one of the leading composers of proof games, will talk about some of his compositions from his new book 64 Proof Games .

September 19

Lecture on Shogi (in English)

Manao Kagawa, a woman professional Shogi player, will explain the ABC of this immensely popular Japanese board game.

Concert “World Music Tour”

Rokuro Akashi, also known as a Shogi problemist, will sing songs and play the ocarina with the piano accompaniment. Come and enjoy.


  1. Nara-Mountain S. Kitami / K. Hirai
  2. A Song of Asian Field Chinese Traditional
  3. Resham Phiriri Nepelese Traditional / R. Akashi
  4. Aloha Oe Queen L. Liliuokalani / R. Akashi
  5. This is the Land E. Dickinson / R. Akashi
  6. El Condor Pasa D. Robles
  7. La Cumparsita G. Rodrigues
  8. Danny Boy Irish Air / R. Akashi
  9. Tombe la Neige S. Adamo
  10. Tango Notturno F. Beckmann / O. Borgmann
  11. Erzherzog Johann Jodler Austrian Folk Song
  12. Finlandia-hymni J. Sibelius
  13. Alexandlovsky Russian Folk Song / R. Akashi
  14. Dyeing shop's ORoku H. Kitahara / T. Takagi

Lecture on Tsume-shogi (in English)

Tadashi Wakashima will give you a brief historical survey of Tsume-shogi (Shogi problems) and explain the similarities and differences between chess problems and Tsume-shogi.
After that, a mini-solving will follow. You can enjoy solving Tsume-shogi with the help of Japanese participants.