English Shogi Books in English that are available from Amazon.com and other sources

Unfortunately, there are only a few Shogi books available in English. Check amazon.com with keyword "Shogi" If you know of other English books, please let me know.

*I recommend you first check Nekomado shop for recent release of Shogi books in English.  The site also carries French and Chinese introductory  books.
I have not read the first two books. But from the look of table of contents, these books appears to explain Shogi plays from very basics to some gaming strategies and problems.
    • Japanese Chess: The Game of Shogi by Trevor Leggett

This is a new book published in 2009. However, it does appear this is a reprint of "Shogi Japan's Game of Strategy" by the same author published in 1993.

    • Shogi for Beginners (Mass Market Paperback) by John Fairbairn

    • Habu's Words by Yoshiharu Habu, Tony Hoskings, Yamato Takahash

 Habu is perhaps the best overall player in today's Shogi world. He reviews several amatuar games and discuss various strategies and way of thinking. Though highly recommended, the book is out of print and hard to find. . 

    • Better Moves for Better Shogi

      by Aono Teruichi, John Fairbairn, and Sam Sloan Paperback- April 3, 2009

ex-A league player Aono talks about way of thinking in Shogi., rather than concentrating on each and every move. He shows novice's mistakes, explain why those are bad moves and move on to show better moves.

    • Ending Attack Techniques 200 by Takashi Kaneko

Original of this book is called "Ending attack techniques 186" and has been out of print for the longest time. Few years ago, Mr. Kaneko re-compiled the book material and re-published book with additional material. So instead of 186, now the book contains 200 examples. If you are serious about Shogi,get this book while you can. Mr.Kaneko is a master of cataloging and methodically explaining of all those techniques. Highly recommended. Unlike books that explains book openings, This book will not lose its value as long as Shogi rules stays the same.

The book is available through Nekomado online shop

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