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  • Kyokumen.jp and it’s use within our site.

    Recently I added a reference to Kyokumen.jp a.k.a. KyokumenPedia(局面ペディア) in the resource section of our site. The site name is coined after Kyokumen(局面) (board situation or position) and Encyclopedia. The site is maintained by the same people who runs 81dojo.com. To take a full advantage of the site, I added buttons to our site pages…

  • First moves supplemented with opening book that comes with Yaneuraou Shogi AI

    Opening Book made public by Yaneurao is now used to explain ‘after the first move’ On the section of the site where I explain Shogi’s first moves, there is a summary page which tries to comprehend how the first few moves become various Shogi strategies. As you can guess, It is never possible to list…

  • Remember these technique for Anaguma castle

    I would like to refer to this youtube video that discusses techniques to attack Anaguma castle. This youtuber picked examples out of ShogiWars actual plays and compiled them to compact yet very effective format to explain how to compromise the Anaguma castle. Although spoken in Japanese, you should be able to pick up things or…

  • Shogi maze re-imaged

    Shogi maze re-imaged

    In 2010, I was contacted by members of Shogi France. One of their active members has just created a shogi site with a page that showed variety of opening moves. They offered to include the content in our site as this will nicely compliment with our site pages that explains what piece to move first.…

  • Using real Shogi pieces

    Many of the Shogi fans overseas are probably using Online platform to enjoy Shogi, because Shogi fans are few and apart from each other. You may have never touched actual shogi pieces. In Japan, there are Shogi dojos in many places where people play against each other using actual Shogi pieces. The YouTube video here…

  • Free tesuji book from mainichi navigation

    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.…

  • New Section added

    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…

  • Identifying Japanese Shogi pieces.

    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…

  • Incremental improvement

    When I started this site in 2008, I used “Kifu for flash” by Kakinoki software to display shogi board and piece moves. When flash player medium started to lose its popularity due to security concern, I wrote a JavaScript alternative and start removing flash player contents. by end of 2020, flash player was no more…

  • Old shack needed some repair

    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.