SHOGI (JAPANESE CHESS). # 036. £35.00
Probably the most challenging and difficult of all variations of chess
For 2 players aged 7 years - adult.
Two players, Sente (Black) and Gote (White), play on a board composed of squares in a grid of 9 ranks (rows) by 9 files (columns). The squares are undifferentiated by marking or color. The board is often made of rectangles; square boards, like ours, are uncommon but in no way affect the playing of the game.
Each player has a set of 20 square-shaped pieces. Pieces are differentiated color, red and black and the ideograms identify the characters. From the most to least powerful, the pieces are:
- 1 king
- 1 rook
- 1 bishop
- 2 gold generals
- 2 silver generals
- 2 knights
- 2 lances
- 9 pawns
First played in its present format in Japan in the sixteenth century, Shogi is unusual in that certain pieces may re-enter the board on the side of the opponent after they have been captured in much the same way as a mercenary might change sides during the fighting of a real war.
Instructions and rules included.
Wood type -: Samanea/Teak faced plywood. Packaging-: Shrinkwrap PVC.
Dimensions 155 x 305 x 50 mm. Weight 900 grams.