Fun Historic Games I’m putting together a site of historic board games you can play in your browser. The goal is to publish games you don’t see too often, but have been around 100+ years. I’m almost done with a beta version of Tori Shogi, also called Bird Chess and Bird Shogi. Tori Shogi is a game from Japan that is around 200 years old. Be sure to follow the progress on the new historic games site.
I still have my beta version of my shogi app up on this site. The beta version of my shogi app runs on most browsers. I am currently working on an update. You guessed it, the update will be on my historic games site when I’m finished. However, I may mirror it here, too.
Shogi (Japanese Chess)
Chess variants all come from an Indian game called Chaturanga created around 600 AD. As the game migrated east and west it changed. Western Chess and Japanese Chess (Shogi) are cousins of the original game from India. Japanese Chess (Shogi) was played in Japan in the modern form about 500 years ago.
Japanese Chess differs from other chess variants because of the drop rule. Pieces captured become yours, and you can choose to drop them back on the board to attack their former army!
Musical Shogi Tokens
I have recently shuffled addresses of some Shogi resources. So if you’re looking for the printable shogi boards, English shogi notation, Japanese shogi notation or any of the older Japanese Chess articles that used to be on this site, but aren’t here now, be sure to take a look at Gene Davis Software’s shogi posts. Every shogi-related article that was removed from this domain should be over there.
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NEWS … My english tsume puzzle book is for sale on Amazon and other retailers. Solving tsume puzzles has long been recognized as the fun way to improve end game performance in shogi (and chess.) This is the first English tsume puzzle book.