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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.


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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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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Ham-Shogi change’s its home

Ham-Shogi has it’s new url.  Link has been updated accordingly.
Thanks Takodori-san for letting me know!

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Tsume Shogi Paradise adds English!

The admin of the Tsume Shogi paradise was working on adding English form to his site.  Now the "phase 1" is complete.  There is an English form to submit their monthly Quiz, as well as "about this site " page which explains about their site.  Be sure to check it out  at the link below and try out their Tsume-shogi problems!


How Strong are you?

Ever wonder how strong you became of Shogi play?
If you believe you might be already at a strength of Dan player, There
is a way to find out.

I have added a couple of pages to explain how to take assessment test for shogi online.

Detail is here

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