Shogi GameShogi is a Japanese board game for two players, played on a 9 x 9 grid. Shogi is also called "Japanese Chess", and is closely related to both Chess and Xiangqi (Chinese Chess). It has been played in Japan since the 16th century.

Each player starts with 20 wedge-shaped pieces – 1 king, 1 rook, 1 bishop, 2 gold generals, 2 silver generals, 2 knights, 2 lances and 9 pawns – in fixed starting positions. The object of the game, just like in international chess, is to checkmate the opponent's king. Shogi is the only chess variation that uses the "drop" rule, in which an opponent's captured piece can be dropped back onto the board as one's own, which can allow momentum to quickly shift back and forth between the two players. Refer to the complete rules for further details and instruction.

Shogi Sets

  • Travel Magnetic Shogi SetTravel Magnetic Shogi Set
    This quality Shogi magnetic set is small enough to travel and large enough to play comfortably. Your pieces will stay in place on the board wherever you are playing. It is an inexpensive way to get started with Shogi, as well as a great way to take you game on the road!
  • Japanese Chess: The Game of ShogiJapanese Chess: The Game of Shogi
    This is the ultimate book on shogi for beginners and experienced players alike. Its step-by-step instructions and easy-to-follow diagrams lead the reader through the strategies and intricacies of one of Japan's most popular board games. This essential resource includes a shogi board bound right into it, folding out for use with the included shogi pieces. By Trevor Leggett.

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Shogi Links

  • Federation of European Shogi Associations
    FESA encourages the diffusion and development of the game of shogi among all nations of Europe, and supports the spread and popularization of shogi in Europe.
  • How to play Shogi
    A series of instructional videos that will teach you how to play Japanese Chess, Shogi. Lessons are in English.
  • International Shogi Club
    The aim of the International Shogi Club is encourage players to learn from each other and information exchange on Shogi.
  • Japan Shogi Association
    The official organization of Shogi players in Japan.
    Play Japanese Chess (Shogi) for free with this Java applet.
  • PlayOK Shogi
    Play Shogi online at PlayOK, which offers free online games that you can play right from your browser, with no download required. [Java]
  • PocketShogi
    PocketShogi is a Japanese chess program which allows you to play against a computer oppenet at seven levels of challenge. [PalmOS]
  • Shogi Club 24
    Play Shogi online on this free web site, against players from around the world.
  • is a portal to the wonderful world of Shogi, with a Shogi forum, Shogi links, Shogi rules, and information about Shogi variants.
  • Shogi: Samurai Chess
    Shogi: Samurai Chess is a computer version of the game which offers varying levels of difficulty and challange. It also works well as a tutorial for new players of Shogi. [Windows, Mac, Linux]
  • Small Shogi Variants
    A list of Shogi games played on small boards, with rules, links, and strategy tips.
  • Wikipedia Shogi
    Shogi history, rules, and links from the free online encyclopedia.
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Last Update: June 19th, 2011