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. Korean game, resembling Shogi, mentioned in a novel.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Peter Aronson wrote on 2002-04-22 UTC
The rating I really want to give this page is 'interesting'; not <b>Excellent</b>, <b>Good</b> or <b>Poor</b>, but interesting. <p> While the game L. U. Kisljuk describes is perfectly playable, I have real doubts it ever existed. Much more likely London confused a description of Shogi with Korea, and gave it a name often used for Korea at that time. Or possibly he was just passing on someone else's mistake. I've never heard any evidence that the Koreans played Shogi in the past, and this is the first 'historical' game I've ever heard of that combined drops and cannons. Remember Occam's Razor.

Jared McComb wrote on 2004-09-03 UTC
If I were to reconstruct the game based on the material given, I would have
assumed it would differ from the rules presented on this page in two

Rather than cannons, there would be two rooks.  The rook is a piece which
is found in every historical game to date, and there is no reason which a
piece that 'resembles a castle' shouldn't be one.

The knight would not be able to move one space orthogonally (this might be
the result of an inaccurate diagram on Kisljuk's part, however).

As for the pawn move, since no information is really given, either a Shogi
or a Changgi interpretation would work, although the latter probably makes
for a more playable game.


John Smith wrote on 2009-01-10 UTC
It is indeed interesting. I think that he meant to describe modern Shogi, however.

Anonymous wrote on 2010-04-05 UTC
Link is broken again... But comments sounds interesting: can someone explain game at least grosso mode?

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-04-21 UTC
Link is broken, but i really want to know about this game: wich pieces and rules are used, what is initial setup?

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-06-23 UTC
What is name of this novel?

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