How to play shogi (japanese chess) “shogi rule”

Shogi is a Japanese board game played by two players. The object of the game is to capture the opponent’s King.

 Captured pieces are retained in hand and can be brought back into play under the capturing player’s control.

The two players alternate, moving one piece in each turn, using the characteristic moves of the various pieces.


The Pieces and Their Moves







  Moves exactly like the king in western chess: one space in any direction. The player must always move in such a way that this piece is not threatened with capture. If he can not, the game is lost.








one step per move any way except diagonal backward .The gold does not promote
This piece is often used as a piece to protect the king.













“Promoted Silver”

One space diagonally or forward.  / Moves the same as the gold.





 “Promoted Knight”

One space forward, plus one space forward-diagonal. Like a western chess knight — but only forward. This is the only piece allowed to jump over other pieces in its path.





Promoted Lance

moves forward any distance / Moves the same as the gold.






“Promoted Pawn”

One space forward. Unlike the western pawn, this pawn captures using its normal forward move; it never moves diagonally.

  / Moves the same as the gold.





Promoted Rook

The same move as the western rook: as many spaces as desired forward, backward, left or right.

/It either moves like a Rook or like a King.





 “Promoted Bishop”

The same move as the western bishop: as many spaces as desired in any of the four diagonal directions

/The move of the bishop or the move of the king.


Dropping Pieces into Play

If a player has pieces “in hand” (those captured, waiting off the board), he may choose, instead of moving one of his pieces on the board, to place ( or “drop”) one of these captured pieces into play, on any vacant square of the board. The piece is always dropped with its unpromoted value (black side) showing, even if it is dropped into the promotion zone (as described below).




The 7th, 8th and 9th rows (or ranks) on the board are the promotion zone. These are, in other words, the three rows on the far side of the board — the area in which the opponent’s pieces are originally set up. When a move is made on the board (not dropped), and the piece begins and/or ends its move within the promotion zone, the player has the option of promoting the piece. When the piece is promoted, it is flipped over, to show its promoted value (red side). It maintains its promoted value until it is captured, or until the end of the game.


Two Pawns 

  A pawn cannot be dropped onto a file (column) containing another unpromoted pawn of the same player (promoted pawns do not count). A player with an unpromoted pawn on every file is therefore unable to drop a pawn anywhere. For this reason it is common to sacrifice a pawn in order to gain flexibility for drops.

 There are more rules, but if you can remember even this rule, you can play with shogi well enough.

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