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Chu Shogi pictures. Photos of a commercial Chu Shogi set.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Ben Good wrote on 2002-10-29 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
nice pics

Brian Guo wrote on 2008-04-18 UTCPoor ★
The promoted pieces should be red.

Ed wrote on 2012-11-04 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I truly like this set of chu shogi.  Recently I came across what seems to
be a chu shogi variant and wonder if anyone knows the rules:

The variant is played on a 10x10 board with some of the chu shogi pieces as
one can see in the second photo.  In the first one can make out pieces
missing from the second photo but that belong to a chu shogi set.  The blog
author questions whether the variant is the invention of the man in the
photograph.  It clearly is intended as a simplification of chu shogi, since
the board geometry and number of piece types has been reduced.  I assume it
does not use drops, since the drunk elephant is on the board, but this is
all guesswork.

I would welcome information.  Thanks!

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2012-11-04 UTC
you could ask him at the bottom of the page, it has two comments, he replied to the first comment.

Ed wrote on 2012-11-05 UTC
Thank you, Dr. Bagley-Jones, for a most logical and direct solution.  For
my part, I feared that that other blog's inactivity for the last year and
a half might mean it remains only as a monument, and, of course, the author
himself wrote about his own lack of knowledge on the subject in the post
where the pictures are to be seen.

I have for many years relied on this site as a source for good knowledge
about chess variants and expected my chances of getting an informed reply
quickly would be improved as a result of posting my question here.  I hope
this community can help me answer this question.

Best wishes---

Christine Bagley-Jones wrote on 2012-11-05 UTC
yes sorry i did notice after i posted the person who owns site did not know about the game, and hopefully someone here does.

that being said, i might of found info on it, see here ..

also, it's free to become member of 'chessvariants' site here, and your comments are posted right away.

edit- he doesn't say size of board, though description seems to indicate board is same as chu shogi, which is 12x12, so, still a mystery?

the link from his post he gives doesn't work for me.

εδ wrote on 2012-11-05 UTC
Thanks much for the link.  That site seems to be unavailable when I follow
the link, so I will have to check back later.

The shogi variant in the referenced photo seems to be played on a 10x10
board with 30 pieces on each side, but the pieces clearly belong to a chu
shogi set both from the distinct types visible in the initial array shown
and the unused pieces in the blurred detail of the upper picture (I think
that I recognize a copper general and a lance).

I suppose that the detail on this blog that first caught my attention was
the name of the variant, which I recognize as one used for a modern chu
shogi variant of Western origin.

John Lawson wrote on 2012-11-05 UTC
And as if this weren't confusing enough, the Wikipedia page for Chu Shogi, , refers to "Heisei chu shogi", which seems to be Chu Shogi with all the slow-moving pieces in hand at the start of the game, to be dropped later.  This seems to be the same as the Heisei shogi mentioned in the post in the shogivar Yahoo group.
I spent some time looking for Heisei shogi online, and found nothing conclusive in English.  I neither speak nor read Japanese, so I have to leave that research for others.

John Lawson wrote on 2012-11-05 UTC
I also went back at looked at the photo linked to, and there are substantially more pieces scattered across the board than the 60 pieces shown in the final set up.

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