A core speciality of AI Factory, Shogi (alternatively
known in the West as Japanese Chess), has been involved in many
events. This product "Shotest" currently sells in Japan,
where it was for some time the top selling Shogi program.
Shotest has been competing in the World Computer Shogi Championships in Japan since 1997
, where it created great interest as it was a new western program, but immediately ranked 13th from 33 programs
, already making it by far the most successful western shogi program to compete in the competition.
The following 2 years Shotest twice came 3rd from 35 programs, only narrowly missing 1st place by finally losing to a program it had already beaten. In all it has beaten 3 different world champions on 6 occasions in the year they were world champion. No other western program has matched this ranking.
It also won Gold, Silver and Bronze medal in the World Computer Olympiads in the years 2001, 2000 and 2002.
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