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.
What the game has in common with shogi is the shape of the pieces, the military theme
and the fact that it was invented in Japan ( apparently before WW2 )
The goal is to capture the enemy flag and the game requires a third person acting
as an empire.
Each player has 23 pieces : 1 flag / 12 officers / 2 planes / 2 tanks / 1 cavalry /
2 engineers / 1 spy / 2 land mines
There are hidden pieces ( spies ), the system is hierarchical, stonger pieces
defeat weaker ones with some exceptions and special actions ( for. ex. a plane cannot
of course be destroyed by land mines, engineers can desctivate land mines )
One popular version in Japan is the one sold by Hanayama
There are several video games versions of Gujin Shogi :
for ex. on Toshiba MSX, Famicom, Super Famicom, PS1, PS3/PSP/Vita