One of the link that was popular at the time was Ham Shogi where you could play shogi game with computer. No pressure, use as much time you want to make your moves and so on, and it was very friendly to novice shogi player. However, this application was based on Adobe flash player and the browser support for this technology is quickly disappearing. As a matter of fact, browsers will not support it at all after the end of this year. Therefore, even though the game is still available through the digital archive site here and I have updated my link to it, It will be a moot point in few month.
So I was searching for a program with similar functionality and I think I found a better one at syougi.qinoa.com/ja. The site has a nominal amount of English so you could probably select “game menu” and then click any of the “play” link to start playing game with the computer with various strength and play characters. The author of the site has already given me a permission to create a intro page detailing the site navigation so stay tuned for the navigation help page to appear on this site soon.
It has been 7 year since my last post. My work life was getting crazy and I really did not have time to study Shogi for the longest time. Now because of the COVID situation, I have some extra time but no money :). So I try to tweak the site UI and the first thing I have done was to delete my master CSS and its backup file by accident! Rather than reconstruct the same old look, I chose to go with responsive web site, so it should play nice with smart phones etc., Since the site was originally designed in mid 2000, there is still a lot of adjustments needed but functionally, the site should work, if a little inconsistent. Other thing I had to do is to eliminate most of the Flash based resources and move to JS based kifu board. This is amazing shift in web technology considering 10 years ago, 90 percent of internet sites were using Flash. Now, browser wont load it by default and no sane site uses the technology. Time has changed.
I thought this kind of game play was only possible in Manga World (81 diver – There is an episode of main character playing one minute Shogi play).
This maybe an old news for some of you, but I have just found in the video clip on Youtube where professional players were actually doing one minute blitz as a part of attraction in Shogi program on tV. Here is a link. There, four young Shogi professionals play against each other. Its amazing to see these games played out. A commentator in pink suite is a retired pro. In fact, half of the audience shown in the studio are Shogi professionals. Commentator makes some hilarious comments, like “wow it actually looks like a decent game.” “The reason he did not promote the pawn was because he did not have time to turn the piece” and “Don’t think! whoever think longer is going to lose!” But my favorite comment comes from Kimura (8D), the judge. who says before the second game “Let’s put your piece in the center of square”
Even if you don’t understand spoken Japanese, the video should be still a joy to watch. On the last game, the winner actually win the game by mating his opponent’s king.
I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Its been a long time since I started to receive weekly email newsletters from the site owner of Shogitown.com. This site was established for more than 10 years ago, and is run by a person who also runs real dojo or Shogi Salon in Saitama prefecture, Japan. (when I first started this site, I thought about naming the site as shogi-village but that sounded like a copy cat of shogitown) This guy is really good at tsume shogi problems. I have several link to his tsume problems in my site.
Anyway, in the latest newsletter, the site owner Isoda-san has talked about a puzzle that he came up with after reading an article from January 2013 issue of Shogiworld magazine. I have not read the article but sounds like there was a proposal to create new games/puzzles using Shogi pieces and board to promote Shogi in general to the rest of human population.
I looked at his idea and decided to share this with English speaking world. Please see here. Let me know what you think. You still need to know each Shogi piece’s movement patterns, but I think that is a point of coming up with this sort of puzzles.
Some site page update in recent months.
More tsumeshogi added. See the “More tsumeshogi problems” under “Tsume and Hisshi” menu.
One could call this a bug. My site never listed a link to online shogi playing sites. This is partially because when I started this site, I myself knew only one place to play shogi, kurnick.org. This site since changed its name to PlayOK.com. In the meantime, we have seen the birth of 81dojo.com.
So I added the listing to my internet resource listing area. For those who are playing online, there should not be any surprise. However, I hope this will help somebody new to Shogi will have easy access to those sites. I would still recommend that they start with Ham-shogi though.
What? what is going on? OK, let me explain. I have been using a service called microsoft office live web service. When this service started, the starter package was free. So I was able to quickly set up this site and start posting shogi information. There has been always a limitation to this site. For instance, I could not install active components such as flash or Java applet. I curcumbented this by embedding a page from my provider (comcast.net) provited web site, which was also free but had no scripting capability. So for about two years ago, I signed up for yet another site with all bells and whistle, and was experimenting with a cms called modx and slowly converting all pages to modx pages.
Now it turns out, MS office live have decided to stop supporting free service. So I figure this is the time I say goodbye to Microsoft and start a new site. New site is called Shogishack.net (no hyphen between shogi and shack) I am still debating if I should keep shogi-shack.net domain. If I do, then it will be pointing to the Shogishack.net. After April 2012, any bookmark you created inside shogi-shack.net will not work anymore. please update your booksmarks. Shogishack.net officially goes live with this post.
I was at Chicago last week and had visited Mitsuwa market. If you google the store name, you will find this is a franchise of Japanese Supermarket throughout the United States. (They used to be called as Yaohan-USA.) Inside Mitsuwa complex, there is a Japanese book store called Sanseido. When I was browsing for Shogi books (they had a handful of shogi books) I noticed they also sells sets of Shogi pieces and Shogi board. The Shogi set they sell is nothing fancy, but perfect for everyday casual playing. These are very typical set that you find in Japanese household. Set of pieces were $25 and the board was selling for $20. So if you live near one of those Mitsuwa market, (Cost Mesa CA., Edgewater, NJ.,San Diego, CA.,Arlington Hts., IL. or Torrance,CA) It maybe worthwhile to pay a visit to the store and look for Shogi pieces.
well, since many japanese players started to play at PlayOK.com, the rating of 1500 at playOK is no longer an easy target for novice players. If you can get to 1300 at Playok, it means you are already quite good at Shogi play. Also the PlayOK site is not as friendly as it used to be. Many players started to take advantage of no ID verification policy of the site and showing inappropriate behavior. In the meantime, we do have more choice on online shogi play for non-Japanese players. 81Dojo.com sports very nice playing environment and I prefer the site to PlayOK. So I have dropped the reference to the PlayOK site in my site title and made it more universal. In any event, enjoy playing!