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Shogi is native to Japan, but originated ultimately from Indian Chaturanga. Early evidence suggests it was played in some recognizable form during the Heian Period. It has been hugely popular since then in Japan, and today is known throughout the world.


Pieces move as follows: Osho(1): moves one space in any direction Hisha(1): moves any number of spaces orthogonally Kakugyo(1): moves any number of spaces diagonally Kinsho(2): moves one square in any direction except diagonally backwards. Ginsho (2): moves one square diagonally or one square forward orthogonally. Keima(2): moves one space forward and then one space diagonally forward. Kyosha(2): moves any number of spaces only forward or backward Fuhyo(9): moves one space forward. Pieces are promoted when reaching the opposite third of the board. Pieces are captured when an opponent's piece moves to the space it occupies. Captured pieces are held and can re-enter the game under the control of the capturing player as their turn. Goal is to capture the other player's king.



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Murray 1913: 138-148

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Kawagoe, Aileen. 2012. '1,000 year old shogi pieces are Japan’s earliest shogi pieces found in Kashihara city, Nara prefecture.' Heritage of Japan Blog.

Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

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