Why would I want to visit this site?
If you want to get better at Shogi, learn more about it, or just simply enjoy taking a shot at new things, this is the site for you!!!
Most people who start to play Shogi right after learning each piece's move seem to lack some fundamental philosophies on "what to do" and "what not to do." After reading this site, you will be able to judge most of these things by yourself.
Most players lack knowledge of which piece to move first. I can somtimes get confused too. Do understand however,95% of the Shogi masters game start with only one of two moves. You better do the same. See here for those moves.
There are "Shogi Checkmate Problems (Tsume Shogi)." These problems are similar to Chess Problems. Learning fairly short ones (usually about 3,5, or sometimes even 7 moves) will dramatically improve your closing moves. Have you ever missed a basic checkmate, and regretted it later? After doing these problems, that shouldn't be much of a problem to you anymore. See here for these moves
Many of the articles on this site will use "Kifu for Flash" Shogi board applet. Please go here to learn how to navigate this applet. Pay particular attention to how to view alternative moves (if there are any), because many of play examples branches out to show variation of the moves.
Since it will be impossible to explain everything on this site, I will make many references to the established shogi sites. Most of those sites are Japanese. Not Japanse? Don't dread. Even just a little bit of knowledge about Shogi could lead you to understanding the whole page. See here. A little practice and you will be amazed how much you can learn.
I thought this kind of game play was only possible in Manga World (81 diver – There is an episode of main character playing one minute Shogi play). This maybe an old news for some of you, but I have just found in the video clip on Youtube where professional players were actually doing one […]
Thursday, Aug 8 2013
Its been a long time since I started to receive weekly email newsletters from the site owner of Shogitown.com. This site was established for more than 10 years ago, and is run by a person who also runs real dojo or Shogi Salon in Saitama prefecture, Japan. (when I first started this site, […]
Wednesday, Dec 12 2012
Sunday, Nov 18 2012
One could call this a bug. My site never listed a link to online shogi playing sites. This is partially because when I started this site, I myself knew only one place to play shogi, kurnick.org. This site since changed its name to PlayOK.com. In the meantime, we have seen the birth of 81dojo.com. […]
Sunday, Apr 8 2012
Other Useful sites
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 .
See here for more reference
Updates to this site may not be as frequently as I would like to have. In the meantime, please refer to the site above. I am certain you will find values.