Shogi Pieces – The Bishop

Belong with the Rook, the Bishop is one of the strongest pieces in Shogi. It can be very useful for attack and also can be used for defense specially once is promoted. The Bishop is called 角 (kaku)  in japanese. As the counterpart in chess it moves in diagonal direction. Promotion: the promotion of the Bishop is similar to the promotion of the Rook. The Bishop will increase its movement capacity by one square orthogonal. The…

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Shogi Pieces – The Rook

The Rook is the strongest piece in Shogi. His large range makes it very useful for attack the enemy. The Rook is called 飛車 (hisha) in japanese. It can moves any number of squares in orthogonal direction. Promotion: the promotion of any piece except the King is possible in shogi when it arrives to the 7th, 8th or 9th row. In the most of cases you can choose to promote the piece or not (there…

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Shogi Pieces – The King

The King is the most important piece in Shogi. As in chess, you only have one King and the lost of this piece will result in the lost of the game. The King is called 王 (ō) or 玉 (gyoku) in japanese. It can moves one square in any direction, orthogonal or diagonal. When this piece is threatened by a rival piece it becomes an 王手 (ōte) , ōte means check, and if there is no way…

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