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Heian Sho Shogi DLP Game   

Period Medieval

Region Eastern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Shogi


This version of Sho Shogi is the type which was played in the Heian period of medieval Japan. The rules appear to have been different than the rules played today.


8x8 or 8x9 board. Pieces are as follows: Osho (king): Moves in every direction; Ginsho (gold general): does not move left, right, or backward; Keima (knight): moves orthogonally one square and then diagonally another square; Kosha (lance)moves forward any distance; Fuhyo (soldier) moves one square. If the Fuhyo enters the third rank on the opponent's side of the board, they are promoted to Ginsho. A player wins when the opponent is reduced to the Osho and one Ginsho.



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Banaschak 2001: 8.

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Banaschak, P. 2001. Schachspiele in Ostasien (Xiangqi, Changgi, Shogi). Quellen zu ihrer Geschichte und Entwicklung bis 1640. Munich: Iudicum.



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