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Chess Facts related to Japan.

  • During World War II, the Japanese confiscated chess books thinking they were military codes.
  • In 1962, they held their first international chess tournament, organized by the Japanese Chess Federation, in Yokohama. It was won by the Japanese player Nobuhiko Sakaguchi.
  • Their first national chess tournament took place in 1969.
  • Shogi is a variant of chess that is more popular in Japan.
  • The Japan Chess Association (JCA) was founded in 1968 by Yasuji Matsumato ( -2003).
  • Japan joined the FIDE in 1968.

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