Play Shogi Online

For a while it was hard to find sites to play shogi. There's been an upswing in the number of sites for playing shogi and shogi variants in the last few years. Here is a list of some of the more popular shogi and shogi variant sites.

PlayOK - Shogi
Human vs Human play. The graphics aren't great, but there's usually a good crowd to play games against.

81 Dojo
Human vs Human play. Includes standard shogi, handicaps, and several variants. Also, game analysis tools are included. This is a very nice site for serious students of shogi. I highly recommend this site.

Internet Shogi Dojo
Many will argue this is the best shogi site on the web. Plan on learning some Japanese if you want to take full advantage of this site.

BrainKing
Human vs Human. BrainKing offers a few shogi variants to play against other members. They've been around awhile. Basic membership is free.

Little Golem
Human vs Human. Little Golem has several shogi variants listed under open play (Infinity). The Championship and Monthly Cup areas seem a bit more limited.

SDIN Free Games
Human vs Human or Human vs Computer. SDIN Free Games has several shogi variants available for online play. You can play against the computer or against a player. Here's what they offer.

Richard's Play-By-eMail Server
Gamerz.net has several play-by-email for shogi variants, also some graphical interfaces for the same shogi severs. For those new to Gamerz play-by-email, their home page has an explanation of how it all works.

Play-by-email ...

Play-by-email graphical interfaces ...

Chess Variants
These guys have tons and tons of shogi variants to play-by-email. Some are Java, so many modern computers refuse to run them.

Shogi Rules and Strategy

How to Defend in Shogi by Yasuharu Oyama
Translated by Yoshinori Sawada, Randy Andrews and Patrick Davin. This is an excellent read.

Handicap Series by Larry Kaufman
French and english essays on handicap strategies for Shogi.

Tutoring Strategies in Game-Tree Search
Interesting discussion of how to teach Shogi and similar games affectively.

Basic Strategies
Introduction to basic Shogi strategies with interactive diagrams.

Quest of the Lost Systems
"This is a wonderful book by Kiyokazu Katsumata about openings that pop up, become popular and mysteriously disappear again."

Shogi Proverbs with Commentaries
"Shogi proverbs are technical tips that will lead you in the right direction...."

Shogi Books

Shogi Books List
A nice list of some shogi books. Most are hard to find, but try we must.

Tsume & Hisshi - Mating Problems

Tsume Shogi (Shogi Mating Problems)
A really nice intro to Tsume problems.

Tsumeshogi Q&A
A little Q and A about Tsumeshogi.

Hisshi problem -- Shogi CAN be beautiful !
Post from Pieter Stouten.

Shogi Info - Misc.

Shogi, the Japanese Chess
A very nice history of Shogi.

CSA: Computer Shogi Association
"Computer Shogi Association is an association of interesting in computer and shogi."