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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