Place to get a little knowledge about playing Shogi
There are two tesuji books that I wish we had English translated version available. They are called らくらく次の一手 1 and 2, published by Japan Shogi federation. The title roughly translates to “easy next move.” These books targeted beginner players and taught you basic Tesujis in forms of quiz that asks you for a next move. […]
Friday, May 19 2023
Just added a new section “Suji and Tesuji” to the site. When I think about improving one’s Shogi play, There are three pillars that makes up one’s skill. Item #1 and #2 has been always a part of this site. for #3, we had Pawn Samplers where we looked at various Pawn Tesujis but there […]
Friday, Apr 28 2023
My recommendation when learning Shogi, is to get familiarize yourself with piece with Japanese character on it. There are some symbolic shogi set and westernized set, but vast majority of Shogi material available online and in books form all uses Japanese characters. People who get used to them often says that’s easy once you remember […]
Thursday, Apr 20 2023
Saturday, Mar 18 2023
Time flies and just like a old house, this web site needed some repair. In the meantime, Shogi world have evolved. Some of the new strategy has emerged. Although principles of shogi play has not changed, I have to figure out how I can update the site.
Sunday, Feb 19 2023
Like symbols better than Kanji? Too bad. Your going to have to get used to the Classic Kanji Pieces. Sure, it is much easier to see symbolic pieces rather than pieces with Kanji characters on them. However, most of reference materials that are available online are shown with Classic styles. If you don't get used to it, then you'll regret it later. It's better to learn now, than later. If you don't know what every piece stands for, then your opponent has a huge advantage over you, and your basically screwed. Trust me. Learning the Kanji on the pieces are easy.
As such, this site uses custom shogiboard applet which shows the shogi board like this. Usage should be intuitive enough, but please take a quick look at this short guide on how to navigate the board.
Shogi Entries on Wikipedia went through a dramatic improvement over last 10 years and I will not speak lightly on those articles any longer. You will learn a great deal from Wikipedia site only. Also , there are so many 'modern' reference points you can explore. See Resources section of this site for more references.
The original reference below still exists and many of the references are still relevant altough some links seems to have disappeared.
The one site I wholeheartedly recommend is Takodori's Entrance to Shogi World.
This site introduces you to the variety of Shogi articles. In particular, You will want to take a look at "Basic Shogi information available in English on Internet (1)" for general Shogi information and "Basic Shogi information available in English on Internet (2)" for English literature on various Shogi techniques available on-line .