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.
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.
Thanks Takodori-san for letting me know!
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Then I couldn’t believe my eyes. The white player run out of the 30 seconds byoyomi and the Black won.
If you still dont see the situation, see the tsume program below. This is three move checkmate. R1500 level player should see this in less than 20 seconds.
The first move of G*8b does not work. the King will escape to 9c. One of the basic rule of tsume is to block the King’s escape route. Therefore..
G*9c – Nx9c – G*8b. This is a simple three move checkmate.
Maybe the white’s computer have simply frozen. But if he really did not see this simple three move tsume, then his further practice on tsume problems will probably increaese his win rate a lot.
These are the 2 sites that I use:
http://www.translation-services-usa.com/japanese.php – this site does not run as quickly and requires smaller fragments of the text to be able to translate, but I find it gives a better translation of what is being said.
http://babelfish.yahoo.com/ – this site will translate large sections of text but seems to give less accurate translations.
Having said that, Japanese text on Shogi-sites tend to use Shogi-terms that may not correctly translate on these service anyway. However those terms are limited in number and I try to mention those in both English and Japanese on my site (ie., edge pawn or hashi-fu (端歩), Forking king and Rook =(王手飛車 or oute-bisya) Sorry, for the last two years, I recognized I am not consistent in the way I explain the word)
- Rook and King sit closely to each other.
- King is sitting at its original place.
- Bishop’s head is unprotected.