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27. February 2019, 17:46:41
Subject: Sota Fujii
is the youngest to accumulate 100 victories

9. July 2017, 16:51:02
Subject: Re: All hail....

the new record is now 29 wins straight

27. June 2017, 16:02:07
Subject: All hail....
the new record holder!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

22. June 2017, 14:40:04
Subject: A 14 y/o has tied...
the Shogi record with 28 straight victories. Next game is Monday.

8. October 2016, 12:27:20
Subject: Shogi
Did you hear about shogi? Shogi are traditional japanese game, chess-like game. Shogi are different, more agresive and more complex. You'll love it! Some people may have problem with marking of pices. But better recognition shogi sets are on Kickstarter! Now are 100% funded, but campaign's end is Fri, Oct 21 2016 3:58 PM CEST so you have still time! :)

14. January 2015, 04:34:31
Subject: White squares.
How do I disable this distracting feature?

17. August 2013, 15:24:30
Subject: Re: Tsume Shogi Ladder
talen314: That would be a perfect idea. I want to get back into Shogi, but I don't know how much time I will have to devote to it again. Tsume problems might be the key solution to continue being active in the long run.

10. June 2013, 05:27:22
Subject: Rare Shogiboard Exhibition in U.K.
I found the following event at Chiddingstone castle in U.K.

Wednesday, 7th July until Sunday, 8th September

Loan of a Japanese 'Shogi Board'

Shogi Board on loan from the Horniman Museum in London. A beautiful, rare ceramic Shogi board (a variant of chess) will be on loan as one of our many events to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the establishment of trade with Japan (1613-2013).

Wednesday, 31st July at 11.30 am

Ceramics and Chess in Asia" Talk

In relation to the loan of a Japanese shogi board from the Horniman Museum in London that is to be exhibited in the Japanese Room from 7th July to 8th September, Rose Kerr, former Keeper of the Far Eastern Department at the Victoria & Albert Museum, President of the Oriental Ceramic Society and Honorary Associate of the Needham Research Institute, Cambridge will be giving a fascinating talk in the Board Room entitled 'Ceramics and Chess in Asia'. Booking is essential on 01892 872747 or email Free with an admission ticket to the Castle.


22. May 2013, 07:29:04
Subject: Takodori will be in Kosice this weekend
Takodori(the real name is Manabu Terao) will be in Kosice from May 24-27 to help Slovak Shogi Association with shogi program as one of the event of European Capital of Culture. Please come to Kosice if you are interested, the details can be found

Also, there will be an Igo program where professional Igo Player 2-dan Murakami joins.

19. November 2012, 19:23:14
Subject: Shogi&MiniShogi Prize tournament
Shogi&MiniShogi Prize tournament
Random game types: Japanese Chess, Minishogi
Match type: Normal game
Tournament type (?): two games (switched colors) for each two players
Membership level: pawn, knight
Minimum number of players: 4
Maximum number of players: unlimited
Maximum number of players per section: 6
Final match type for two player section: 3 wins match
Time control (?): 4 days, standard vacation
Player rating: 100 <= BKR <= 4000
Unrated players: yes
Unrated games (no BKR will be affected by this tournament): no
Private tournament (you will send personal invitations): no
For games with a random start position generate: the same position with all opponents
Sort players by BKR: yes
Status: open
Last term to sign up: 31. December 2012, 23:00:00
Days after the deadline before a tournament with not enough players is deleted: 5

23. January 2012, 01:05:23
Subject: Re: waiting games
zu2:It's best time to buy a paying membership. One year rook is only about 3,700 yen. Or waiting for a next action.

28. June 2011, 16:48:44
Subject: Re: waiting games
zu2: There are a lot of tournaments of Shogi though waiting games are few.
Will you also become a paying member?

27. June 2011, 13:51:45
Subject: waiting games
why shogi "waiting games" are too few?
few players? other reasons?


30. May 2011, 04:13:53
1) the claim that stalemate would be a draw in shogi is false and should be removed from the rules.
2) rules about sennichite need to be added.
3) rules about jishogi need to be added, including how to address this for handicap games.

8. March 2011, 11:15:19
Subject: Blitz tournament

18. February 2011, 01:56:59
Subject: Re: US Shogi Championship 2011
The US Shogi Championship will be held on April 2 & 3 in Philadelphia. The details can be found at the blog of the organizer linked below;

18. February 2011, 01:55:02
Subject: US Shogi Championship 2011
The US Shogi Championship 2011 will be held on April 2 &

15. February 2011, 04:26:54
Subject: Two big shogi events to be held in Europe 2011
Here are the information of them. One is European Shogi Championship/World Shogi Open Championship in Germany and the other is International Shogi Festival which has been held every three years since 1999 in Japan but to be held outside Japan for the first time of shogi history in Paris.

ESC/WOSC 2011 (englisch) --- to be held on July 14 through 17.

International Shogi Festival 2011 -- to be held on October 27-30

2. September 2010, 02:05:55
Subject: Re: Cannot mate?
Modified by fukuhara (2. September 2010, 02:07:02)
mangue: The theories abound. Common one is that this rule was established in Edo period when it was ruled by feudal lords so in samurai code of ethics the pawn, the lowest rank in military, can not take the head of the lord. It was thought as rude and disgraceful. Another theory is that to make the game more interesting and fair for both players pawns' move need to have certain limits including ban of two pawns in one column. It is also said that this rule contributed the development of Tsume-shogi.

21. June 2010, 11:10:49
Because it's a rule.

21. June 2010, 07:52:56
Subject: Cannot mate?
Modified by mangue (21. June 2010, 08:07:09)
Minishogi (mangue vs. Labbeda)
i cannot play 11. @b1#

I found it:
It is not allowed to give a checkmate by dropping a pawn.


24. May 2010, 21:18:07
Subject: Re: Tsume Shogi Ladder
Sounds interesting. I will to solve 5-move and 7-move tsume with pleasure, but what is the "Ladder"? What rules?

23. May 2010, 08:29:22
Subject: Tsume Shogi Ladder
Is there any interest in a Tsume Shogi ladder?  I have numerous sources for problems that I picked up while living in Japan that have problems for all levels of players.  The magazine "Shogi Sekai" also often includes small books of such problems.  There are also books of problems of the "what is the best move" type.  Some are specific to certain openings and others are more general.

9. January 2010, 14:09:24
Subject: Re:
Thank you for your response!
I modified the file setup.ini.
Now, the version 1,5 of "spear" became active but does not work when I click on "start".
This version of spear is compatible?

9. January 2010, 11:56:53
I think you can find all the needed information at their forum:
So far I know, there is "just" a .ini file to properly configure.

9. January 2010, 09:56:16
Subject: About the program "BCM Shogi"
The engine by default of this program is the version 1.4 of Spear.
Do you know how we can configure BCM for that it plays with the last version of Spear, the version 1.5?

25. November 2009, 08:01:02
Subject: Good article on Bishop Exchange with one-turn loss
Good article on One-turn loss Bishop Exchange has been translated into English on Shogipedia at,_Chapter_1

25. November 2009, 07:57:40
Subject: Re: Shogi openings
DragonKing: You're welcome. Good to know that's exactly you were looking for.

24. November 2009, 09:05:16
Subject: Re: Shogi openings
takodori: Thank YOU! This is it- sorry I didn't log in here for several weeks. This is it exactly.

16. November 2009, 06:47:01
Subject: Good articles about one-turn loss bishop exchange
A good article about one-turn loss bihsop exchange is available to read here. It's the translation of the chapter one of the book written by 6-dan Kiyokazu Katsumata.,_Chapter_1

29. October 2009, 13:53:23
Subject: Re: Shogi openings

27. October 2009, 16:31:12
Subject: Re: Shogi openings
FromHell: This is a different database, but it contains almost the same information. THANK YOU!

27. October 2009, 10:42:14
Subject: Re: Shogi openings
DragonKing: Perhaps you meant this page:

27. October 2009, 08:22:47
Subject: Shogi openings
I used to have a link to a database that listed various openings and what professional games they were played in- I used it in conjunction with Grimbergen's pages. I have lost the link- anynoe know what I'm talking about?

25. October 2009, 19:40:10
Subject: Re: Messages
DragonKing: In the game itself?

Well, if you have already submitted your move, and they haven't viewed the game yet, you can go back to it and click "Edit" near the top, and add a message. If they have already viewed the game (but not yet played) you cannot do that.

I hope that is what you meant.

25. October 2009, 19:23:15
Subject: Messages
How do I send a note to the other player that is on the page where the game is being played?

10. May 2009, 17:45:55
Subject: re: Silicon Valley kara Shogi wo Miru

9. May 2009, 22:01:30
Subject: The tentative version of the book "Silicon Valley kara Shogi wo Miru" in English
The tentative version of the book "Silicon Valley kara Shogi wo Miru" was translated into English to read through the following linked pages.

Top page of the project

Preface - 'Non-playing Shogi Fan' Declaration

Chapter 1 - Yoshiharu Habu and 'Changing Modern Shogi

Chapter 2 - (about Sato Yasumitsu and the commentary of 1st game of
79th Kisei-sen in the year 2008)

Chapter 3 (about the enjoyment of watching Shogi)

Chapter 4 (about Fukaura Koichi)

Chapter 5 (about the commentary of 1st game of 21st Ryuoh-sen in the
year 2008)

Chapter 6 (about Watanabe Akira)

Chapter 7 (Table talk between Habu and the author)



The book containing 291 pages was released on April 25. The reason
English translation emerged so early is that Umeda Mochio, the
declared to allow the book to be freely translated into any languages
to be
published anywhere on the Net in the form of web content on his blog
of April 20, 5 days before the release. And an open source style
project of translation of it has been kicked by shotayakushiji since
April 29 and then
15 Japanese people including myself came together to generate the
tentative version linked above.

I'm sure this will instantly be one of most interesting reading
materials in
English about shogi.

You can not only read the contents but also participate in brushing up
the translation since the translation is still tentative and the
project is
proceeding in an Open Source style. In order to take part in the
having a PBworks account will be required. And you can kick the
translation project of it into other languages than English and
(PJ for French translation by Yamada Yoshihisa, see the link both in
Japanese and French below; )

Here are some links to the contents related to this project for our

* Emerging Open Source Translation Projects in Japan

* Open-source style translation project "Shogi" book

Shogi-Silicon Valley Book open to the world

20. February 2009, 22:40:45
Subject: Re: Chu Shogi?
Modified by Groeneveld (20. February 2009, 22:41:12)

20. February 2009, 15:33:41
Subject: Re: Chu Shogi?
fukuhara: There is indeed a site that offers Chu Shogi, as well as Dai Shogi & Tenjiku Shogi ...
If you ever wish to play, my userid there is tkr101010 as well.

The game courier on Chess Variants also offers Chu Shogi, but the interface isn't as nice,

I just want more sites to offer more variants :) BrainKing's got the nicest interface and plenty of people play shogi here anyway, so adding Chu seems logical.

20. February 2009, 14:37:30
Subject: Re: Chu Shogi?
fukuhara: Why not keeping the original name "chu shogi"?

20. February 2009, 12:14:15
Subject: Re: Chu Shogi?
TKR101010: Great idea. I haven't heard any online sites that has one. But the name cannot be chu shogi which literally means Middle-sized shogi. Any idea for a cool English name?

19. February 2009, 22:52:42
Subject: Chu Shogi?
Does anyone think that Chu Shogi will ever become available for play on this site?

15. February 2009, 04:10:11
Subject: European Team Championship of Shogi and Shogi-Osen
Date: May 28th to 31th, 2009.
Venue: Assembly Hall of Déri Museum, Déri tér 1, Debrecen, Hungary
Time limits: 30 minutes + 60 seconds byo-yomi

For more information, please visit

13. February 2009, 04:54:59
Subject: US Shogi Championship 2009
It's to be held on April 10 to 12, 2009 in San Francisco. The application deadline is March 27. For more information, please visit the followings;

11. January 2009, 08:29:37
Subject: The 3rd Shogi World Championship Tournament
The New York Shogi Club cordially invites you to The 3rd Shogi World Championship Tournament, to be held
in the weekend of November 13-15,2009, in New York, supported by the Nihon Shogi Renmei and the City of
New York, among other sponsors.
The winner will be awarded with the title of The Amateur Shogi World Champion, along with the cash prize of
As was the case in the past, we require a preliminary tournament to be held in each country by the summer of
2009, and the winner of the preliminary tournament in each country will be invited to the World Championship Tournament in New York, with the travel and hotel expenses to be paid by the organizer. All other participants are of course welcome at their own expenses.
The 1st Shogi World Championship Tournament was held in New York in May of 2000, and Mr. Katsumasa Egoshi of Brazil became the 1st Amateur Shogi World Champion. In the following year, we planned the second tournament, but it was obstructed by the 9/11 terrorist attack in New York. We are pleased to have theopportunity to hold the 3rd tournament next year, and we hope to see you all in New York next November.
The tournament details will be announced from time to time by the New York Shogi Club, and will be posted on the websites at and
We need to contact the presidents or the leaders of all Shogi clubs around the world in preparation for this
Those who are in that role, please give your email address to our Public Relations Director, Mr.Tomohiro Kubo

Thank you,

New York Shogi Club
November 8,2008

9. January 2009, 10:02:58
There might be problems having Popii shogi here as it was originally designed as an advertising gimmick for a life insurance company. In any case it's a very limited game. On the other hand, we have permission to use Kyoto shogi, which is an excellent game.

8. January 2009, 13:17:18
That promotion rule isn't unique, it occurs in the larger historical shogi variants.

3. January 2009, 10:44:35
Subject: Microshogi
There is an interesting shogi variant called Microshogi, aka Five-minute Poppy Shogi, played on a 4x5 board. It has a unique promotion rule - whenever a piece makes a capture it flips over and becomes the piece shown on the other side. The full rules are here:
I think it would be an interesting addition to the site. Minishogi players would particularly enjoy it.

19. December 2008, 04:15:11

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