Tendo Mayor Shinji Yamamoto declares that the Oct. 14 event held in a parking lot at a shopping complex in the city was recognized by Guinness World Records. (Video by Yosuke Fukudome)

TENDO, Yamagata Prefecture--"Shogi" lovers as young as 3 gathered in their thousands at a parking lot here Oct. 14 to set a world record for the largest number of games of Japanese chess played simultaneously in one location.

Organizers said the 2,362 games that featured 4,724 enthusiasts were recognized by Guinness World Records.

Tendo was a fitting venue as the city has served as the home of shogi production and manufacturing since the Edo Period (1603-1867).

Organizers set up 832 long tables in a 7,000-square-meter parking lot at Aeon Mall Co’s Tendo shopping mall complex for the event that broke the previous record of 1,574 games set at the Tokyo Big Sight in the capital’s Koto Ward in November 2012.

The city government made extensive efforts to promote the tournament and set a new world record. Announcements were made on intercom systems at all elementary and junior high schools across the city. City officials also visited businesses to attract participants.

Organizers said the oldest player was aged 92 and that fans as far away as Hokkaido, the northernmost main island, as well as the southern prefecture of Fukuoka, participated.