The historical Japanes chess game has several variations. We are showing the most common. Shogi is a fascinating game, because the fallen pieces do become the porperty of the conqueror. Therefore all pieces have the same colour, and the form of an arrow. The direction of the arrow reveals the owner, they are always pointing to the opponent.
Nevertheless some chessmen have another colour on the bottom, that is the promotion. A piece is promovating on the moment is reaches the last three rows of the 9 to 9 field. Rook and bishop then have the additional capacity of one step in the other directions. Silver generals become golden...
This as an example of a self made Japanese chess game. Who can't read fluently the Japanese characters, has a lot of trouble with the traditional characters on those pieces. For this reason the characters are replaced by simple symbols. Three lines is the symbol for the golden general, two lines for silver. The Y stands for the "vertical knight", the one vertical line is the spear.
Pawns move and strike 1 field straight ahead, no double moves possible. The spear in the column it points to. The "horse" can only jump forward (so to maximum 2 fields). 1 bishop and 1 rook move and beat as in European chess.
© Johan Framhout October 2014