Thursday, July 25, 2013

The game of shogi

Shogi (the game of the generals) is a Japanese strategy board game from the same family with chess and xiangqi (Chinese Chess). It is played on a 9x9 board (although larger versions exist, up to a 36x36 board, with chu shogi, played on a 12x12 board also relatively popular). What it makes it to really stand out is the fact that the dropped pieces can be reused by the opponent. All pieces (except the king and the gold general) promote when reaching the last 3 lines of the opposite side. The fact that the pawns move ahead and can't be blocked and that the minor pieces have asymmetries in movement make it more dynamic and more spectacular than chess. I hope to find the time and energy and compose an entire music album about games someday. 

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