In western chess, the Fool's mate and Scholar's Mate are two well-known mates that take very few moves from the starting position. What would be the shogi equivalents to these, or, more generally, what are the fastest checkmates in shogi?
In Xiangqi there is the famous 2 cannon mate (not that this helps you...)– Hauke ReddmannApr 5, 2021 at 10:50
A very fast checkmate (6 moves) is described here:
1. P-7f P-8d 2. P-5f P-5d 3. R-5h S-4b 4. P-5e Px5e 5. Bx5e P-8e 6. Bx7c+ mate
apologies in advance for everyone who feels insulted because of the use of figurines instead of real Shogi pieces - I couldn't find another analysis board
- P-2f 2. K-4b 3. P-2e 4. K-3b 5. P-2d 6. R-4b 7. Px2c+ Checkmate
The King is trapped by his own Rook on 4b. It's a bad idea to have the King and Rook close together or an early mate like this could happen in the worst case