Computer Defeats Japan's Top-Ranked Human Shogi Player
But, according to The Mainichi Daily News a computer dubbed Akara 2010 recently defeated Japan's top female player at shogi -- a Japanese game similar to chess. It took Akara, whose name is taken from a Buddhist term representing the number of unique shogi games possible (for the record, 10,224), a full six hours and 86 moves to defeat Ichiyo Shimizu during the game, which was played at the University of Tokyo. Shimizu told the Daily News that the computer didn't pull any surprising moves (or, we assume, talk smack). "It made no eccentric moves, and from partway through it felt like I was playing against a human," she said.