Shogi in culture – Naruto

Shogi is very present at japanese culture. Too many books, manga, anime or movies have a narrative about shogi or include it as an element. On of the most famous manga around the world, Naruto ナルト, showed us Shikamaru and Asuma playing together. Too many foreigners started to learn about shogi when they saw this scene in the anime show. Even an actual womens professional player Karolina Styczyinska1 got interested in shogi thanks to this…

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Tsume -1

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The best way to learn how to play shogi once you know how to move the pieces is learning 詰 (tsume) Tsume is the word used for checkmate. There are so many types of tsume. It can be checkmate in 1 move (1手詰), 3 moves, 5 moves and even 21 moves or more. I will put a problem and you can try to solve it. If you are still learning how to move pieces you…

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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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