Shogi Pieces – The Pawn

Finally we arrive to the last piece of Shogi. It can maybe look like the weakest piece but is a very important one. Besides the drop rule I think the difference in pawns is one of the biggest distinction between Chess and Shogi. The strategy in Chess is mainly decided because the pawns can’t move forward if there is another piece blocking his movement. At Shogi the pawns can move forward taking the enemy piece.…

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Shogi Pieces – The Lance

Similar to the Knight the Lance is not able to move forwards. It’s very common to never move your Lances and use the lances you capture from your enemy for attack. The lance is called 香 (kyou) in japanese. It can move only forward any number of squares. Since it starts at the edge of the game at the beginning of the game it can only moves on the 1st and the 9th column. Promotion:…

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Shogi Pieces – The Knight

There are two knights at Shogi. The knight is able to jump over pieces. The shogi’s knight movemente is more limited can’t move backwards so you need to be very careful so it’s not targeted. The knight is called 桂 (kei) in japanese. For move the knight you need to jump forward one square and then plus one square diagonally forward. Promotion: When the knight reaches the 7th row it can become a promoted knight,…

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Shogi Pieces – The Silver General

Next to the Gold Generals there are the Silver Generals. They are key pieces for attack and also for defense. The Silver Generals are called 銀 (gin). They can move one square diagonally and also one square forward. Promotion: When the Silver General promotes (once it reaches the 7th, 8th or 9th row) it can move the same as a Gold General. How to move a Silver General – 銀 How to move a Promoted…

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Shogi Pieces – The Gold General

At shogi there are two Gold General. This piece is very useful for defense and required to create your castle. The Gold General is called 金 (kin). It can move one square orthogonal or in diagonal only forward. Promotion: the Gold General can’t promote into any piece. How to move the Gold General – 金   金 – Gold General Image from Wikipedia

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