Play Shogi (Japanese Chess) online with Game Courier
Game Courier let's you play Shogi online with a variety of graphic options, including both western pieces and Japanese pieces. Some of the options are provided below, and further customization is available, including more board images and more piece sets. Click on one of the buttons below to begin. Games will normally occur asynchronously with other people online, with Game Courier keeping a record of the game, enforcing the rules, and automating piece captures. Moves can be entered with the mouse without any knowledge of notation.
These presets are new as of November 2010. They are much like the old ones with somes fixes and the ability to ask you when you want to promote a piece. When you have the option to promote but don't indicate the promotion in the move you enter, which will commonly happen when you're using the mouse to enter moves, it will ask you whether you want to promote, then rewrite your move accordingly. Note that the checkered boards display as HTML tables and will use the least bandwidth. The other boards use background images and may be displayed using CSS code, which will reuse the same images, saving bandwidth as long as the images stay in your cache, or as single freshly-created images in either GIF, JPG, or PNG formats. Generally, GIF or JPG will produce images smallest in filesize, and PNG will produce full-color lossless images.
The Symbolic set, the Chess Motif set, and the Japanese font set (seen on the sodalite blue board) are all made by Fergus Duniho, who also created Game Courier and programmed these presets. The Japanese sets seen on the plain blue and plain beige boards are the work of Koma-Shokunin 1, used here under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial license
Written by Fergus Duniho
WWW Page Created: 23 January 2002.