Shogi (shōgi 将棋) is the Japanese member of the chess game family. Shogi is often dubbed as Japanese chess. It is played on a 9x9 (cell) board, with a distinctive capture rule making pieces you capture yours to place back on the board.
Shogi is more widely played than go in Japan, especially among young people, but in recent years, has been suffering from the same decline in its playing population. Its history has run parallel to go's since Sansa. It is much less played outside Japan.
See the Wikipedia article on shogi.
- There is in fact a substantial family of shogi games, including Chushogi (中将棋 chūshōgi) which is played on a larger board.
- Honourable mention should also go to Taikyoku Shogi (pictures of a board here).
Shogi sets can be as expensive as go sets. Here are two web sites (Japanese only) for shops in Japan where you can buy sets of pieces from $10 (plastic) to $6000 (finest wood) and boards from $15 to $5000. http://www.nakayama-goban.co.jp and http://homepage2.nifty.com/ohkubogobanten
KurokiGoIshiTen has some very nice Shogi equipment in its Japanese section.
Because the history of shogi has often been intertwined with the history of go, the GoGooD CD contains a decent amount of material on shogi history. It was also John Fairbairn of GoGoD who helped George Hodges of The Shogi Association make available for the first time in English the rules of all the now popular shogi variants.
- 81 Dojo http://81dojo.com/ of 81 Square Universe http://81squareuniverse.com/.
- the English language portal to rooms on shogi. That may not work, but the instructions are still good. And if nothing else, you can take a snapshot of the interface and use it as a guide.
- Shotest Shogi 3D - commercial release of Shotest from AI Factory.
- Shogi and variants (ChuShogi, MiniShogi, TenjikuShogi, ToriShogi, YariShogi) are among the many games played in Richard's PBeM Server ( http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/). They can be played by email or online ( http://www.gamerz.net/pbmserv/List.php?Shogi), with helpful graphics so you do not have to learn the movements for each kanji. The server is email-based, so the games are slow paced (the time limit for a move is measured in days), which might be good to try new variants.
- First, download Ruby ( http://www.ruby-lang.org/en/downloads/).
- Now you need to download exerb ( http://downloads.sourceforge.jp/exerb/25874/exerb-4.2.0.zip) and put it in your Ruby installation directory (which should be C:\Ruby by default).
- Finally, download shogi server ( http://cvs.sourceforge.jp/cgi-bin/viewcvs.cgi/shogi-server.tar.gz?view=tar) and put that somewhere or other.
- In your C:\Ruby\exerb-4.2.0 directory, run setup.rb by double-clicking on it.
- Now you need a client. Easiest one is probably the Emacs client ( http://tokyo.cool.ne.jp/progn/shogi-0.12.tgz), which you'll need Emacs for ( http://www.gnu.org/software/emacs/).
- http://wiki.81squareuniverse.com, a wiki that encourages users to share all knowledge about shogi that they have, much like SL.