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The art of one minute Shogi Blitz

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.

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Shogi maze puzzles added

Its been a long time since I started to receive weekly email newsletters  from the site owner of   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.

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Some more tsumeshogi problems

Some site page update in recent months.

More tsumeshogi added.  See the “More tsumeshogi problems” under “Tsume and Hisshi” menu.

Note that the board only uses Javascript to move pieces.  In another word, this part of the page should be functional under iPad and Android ver 4.1 and above (yes, Adobe is  ditching tablet support as well)

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Internet site listing added

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, This site since changed its name to  In the meantime, we have seen the birth of  

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.

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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 ( 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 (no hyphen between shogi and shack)  I am still debating if I should keep domain.  If I do, then it will be pointing to the   After April 2012, any bookmark you created inside will not work anymore. please update your booksmarks. officially goes  live with this post.

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Getting Shobiboard in the States

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.

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Site Slogan changed

well, since many japanese players started to play at, 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. 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!


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Update on Study Shogi

Another board describing Fourth ranging rook vs. Right fourth ranging rook (or migi-shiken) added in the study room

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Play at 81dojo. You will like it!

When I play Shogi online, I usually play at PlayOK. This site is based on the experience I gained at PlayOK (At the time, the site used to be called Kurnick) Recently I was introduced to another site, 81Dojo. The site is a spinoff of the 81SquareUniverse, one of the busiest English based Shogi site. 81Dojo is architected by Hidetch, the Youtube shogi video fame, so this could not be bad but I was pleasantly surprised at few of the features this site provides. What I like about the site board’s UI. (in no particular order) Rich graphic representation of shogi board and pieces Pieces on hand is graphically displayed. This is much closer to real board experience, compared to the way PlayOK shows those pieces (symbol with numbers in a table). You can play komaochi, or handycap game in non-rated games. The best feature is the ability to be able to replay and evaluate your moves and then play “what if I/you made this move” movements. Observers can also suggests other moves graphically. I believe this is a very good way to improve your shogi skill set. A Big shortcoming of the 81dojo currently is participation. They need more people playing on this site so the player can find a partner with similar skill level. Once the site gets its popularity though, This site could be easily the best online shogi experience.

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39? 4649? What are they?

In recent weeks, we have seen a surge of new Shogi players in PlayOK.  As it turned out, has ceased its service of Shogi game site.  So there are many Japanese players now playing at PlayOK.  That is a good thing.  However, I have seen some of those players uses the abbrebiation such as "39" and "4649"  I am sure that non-japanese speakers can not understand.  So here, I am going to decypher those two numbers for you.

39 is a short for ‘Thank you’.  You see, 3 is pronounced as "Sun" and 9 is pronounced as "kyuu"   Since Japanese do not have ‘th’ sound in their language, ‘Thank you’ is open pronounced as "sunk-yuu"

4649 is a short for "yoroshiku"  This word has many meaning but in this case, it simply means "nice to meet you" or "treat me good"
So some people start his game with "4649" and end with "39"

Oh, by the way, some Japanese players were also asking what "gg" means.
Start your chat and you will learn other cultures, indeed.

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