Fujii Souta will be promoted to 5 dan

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Fujii Souta made an incredible results last year and he still gets many attention from the media. There is still two games left but it seems that Fujii will promote from the C2 class to the C1 thanks to his 8 wins and 0 losses. Thanks to this he will promoted to 5th dan. He will be the first midschooler that got the 5 dan certification in the history of shogi. In 2 weeks he…

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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 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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