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The Highest Quality Shogi Boards

The highest quality shogiban ( and also goban ) are made of Kaya wood

( Torreya Nucifera or Japanese Nutmeg-yew ), that grews in the Miyazaki

area in southern Kyushu.

It is believed that the ” Hon-Kaya ” ( i.e. the Japanese Nutmeg-yew ) is

superior to the ” Chinese-Kaya ” a similar tree that grows in the Yunan

province in China and that the boards made of the Chinese wood are

only second best ( maybe the Chinese think differently, I don’t know ).

The ” Hon-Kaya “, because of the environment ( significant temperature

differences, lots of rain and sunlight, rocky mountainous area so each

annual ring is very close and dense, is believed to be the ideal and best

variety.

Even the snapping sounds of the pieces and stones are the most

satisfying on these kaya boards.

In order to make a board, a large chunk of between 200 and 800

years old Kaya wood is needed ( the cutting down of natural

Kaya trees is now strictly forbidden in Japan ), not surprisingly

This 18,7 kg Hon Kaya Shogiban with legs is for example priced at 380000 JPY

the prices are quite steep.

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Easier Versions of Shogi

9 Masu Shogi


Played on a 3×3 square, uses only 8 of the original types of pieces.
The movements and goal of checkmate remain but there are 40
different starting positions.
The game was developped by Teruichi Aono, a professional shogi player
and has been endorsed by the Japan Shogi Association.

Doubutsu Shogi ( ” Animals ” Shogi )
English name : Let’s catch the Lion


Played on 3×4 squares.
Both players have only 4 pieces :
Chick, Giraffe, Elephant & Lion
The goals : catch the opponent’s lion
or move your own lion to the other side
How to play :
The giraffe moves like a rook ( but moves only 1 space ).
The elephant moves like a bishop ( but moves only 1 space ).
The chick is like the pawn of Shogi,
and is promoted to chicken ( = the gold general in Shogi ).
The lion is like the king but he can win essentially by promoting,
as long as it doesn’t leave him in check.
You are still able to drop in pieces that you captured from your opponent.
Unlike in Shogi, you can drop a chick for mate or have two chicks in a column.

Kyoto Shogi


Played on 5×5 squares.
Invented by Tamiya Katsuya in 1976
See Wikipedia : https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kyoto_shogi
for detailed information