One of the most used castles for the dynamic tower tactics is the Mino Castle. Its speed of construction and its hardness makes that we find ourselves with difficulties if our rival decides to construct the Mino.

With Castle Mino, we will be very protected against the lateral attacks although it fails if our opponent attacks from the front, especially if it has a Bishop and a Knight. For that reason, once we have finished Mino Castle the most usual is to increase the defense with a high Mino or a silver crown that I will explain later.

Let’s see what the order of the plays must be to build a Mino. We have the starting board and we will make the Mino with Sente.


The first move may be to move the tower directly but is usually first move the pawn to 7f to open the diagonal line of the bishop.


▲P7f △P3d

Gote can also choose to open its diagonal for the bishop. You do not have to move the pawn to block the diagonal to be able to take the king to the right side. The most common position of the rook is in the fourth column, shikenbisha 四 間 飛車, but you can also put it in the bishop’s square after this move to 7g, mukaibisha 向 か い 飛車. For our example, we will use the tower in the fourth column.


▲R6h △G3b


Then we will take the king to our right. If the opponent takes our bishop after taking it back with the silver there are no problems.


▲K4h △P4d ▲K3h △S4b ▲K2h △P4d



Now that our king is protected we will move other pieces. First, we will approach the missing piece for build the Mino.


▲G5h △P8e


Gote wants to change pawns in column h. To avoid this we move the bishop.


▲P1f △P1d▲B7g △G5b▲K2h △K4a


With this, we have finished our Mino. The next moves will consist of moving the silver general located in 7 九 (7i) and placing it in square 6 七 (6g). In addition to increasing the defense of our Mino by building a high Mino or a silver crown.


High Mino


Silver Crown