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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.
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.