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I learned international chess using the tutorials in Ubisoft's Chessmaster, alongside doing tactical and strategical exercises from books, studying master games, and from playing.

I want to learn how to play Xiangqi or Shogi. What resources would you recommend? I am particularly interested in software like Ubisoft's Chessmaster, i.e. interactive tutorials with the ability to play against a range of computer players at different levels.

P.S. I'm based in the UK, where there aren't any relevant clubs nearby, and English language resources are a must

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I learned shogi from this book. http://www.amazon.com/Shogi-Beginners-John-Fairbairn/dp/4871872017/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1446638715&sr=1-1&keywords=shogi+for+beginners

snippet: http://www.bromsgrove-abstract-games.org.uk/shogi.pdf

I bought a shogi set from The Shogi Association (A UK group). The fellow running it at the time (George Hodges) has since passed, I believe.

I also was fortunate to have a friend in Japan. He brought me back a Japanese language puzzle book. I don't recall the exact name, but they are mate-in-x puzzles where one must use all the pieces in hand. Maybe they are called tsume puzzles? I saw the name referenced on that Amazon link.

It's a great game!

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  • I have got that book as well, though I never progressed to a level were I could play a decent game. There is a certain shortage of books on shogi (or, I guess XiangQi), but this one is quite good. – BlindKungFuMaster Nov 4 '15 at 12:52
  • @BlindKungFuMaster The best XiangQi books are in Chinese. – SmallChess Nov 4 '15 at 22:14
  • Yes, of course. I meant shogi/xiangqi books in English. – BlindKungFuMaster Nov 5 '15 at 8:07
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I learned Shogi from these videos. It goes from absolute beginner to analysis of grand-master games.

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  • I thought to myself "Is this HIDETCHI?" before clicking the link. I love that guy! – Aric May 7 '18 at 19:44
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Try below Ebook, all free for download. http://xiangqielephantgame.blogspot.my/p/download-free-ebook.html?m=1

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  • Welcome to Chess SE! From your username, this seems to be a link to your site. Can you please edit your answer to state this clearly? Otherwise, your post can be perceived as spam. – Glorfindel Jul 16 '16 at 7:19
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There aren't any english resources for learning xiangqi other than the webpage mentioned above. There is a Malaysian titled player who produced xiangqi content in English. The link for his video resources on xiangqi can be found here: Link

There are a few xiangqi players on the pychess.org site's discord who are willing to help out in xiangqi studies and openings. But overall the game is less popular outside China.

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