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Has anyone ever played and recorded a full game of Taikyoku Shogi?

The answer is yes. According to jawp article, a game of Taikyoku Shogi was played for Japanese TV show "Tribia-no-Izumi" (=Fountain of trivia), broadcast on 19th May 2004. The game continued 32 hours ...
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In the game of shogi, what is the meaning of "sabaki"?

I'm a Japanese native and have been a chess and Shogi player for a long time. The Japanese word sabaki basically means proper handling of some complicated task, thus can have different meanings in ...
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What are the shogi equivalents of Fool's and Scholar's mate?

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 ...
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Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

The promotion rule actually matters a lot. With perfect play the game ends in a draw instead of a win for white/gote if you drop the promotion rule. In fact, the evaluation of all four moves in the ...
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The Chess960 analogue in shogi, xiangqi, etc

For shogi and xiangqi, the answer is no. There is no analogue for western Chess960 in those chesses. Disclosure: I'm a decently strong player in all three. The problems Fischer identified in those ...
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HalfKP Structure for Stockfish / Shogi NNUE - how does it work?

[1] Your understanding is correct, with one slight adjustment. Instead of thinking about it as "King on a1, Pawn on a2", you should think of it as two things: "King on a1, Friendly Pawn ...
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What are the shogi equivalents of Fool's and Scholar's mate?

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 ...
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On how to learn Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) or Shogi (Japanese Chess)

I learned Shogi from these videos. It goes from absolute beginner to analysis of grand-master games.
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The Chess960 analogue in shogi, xiangqi, etc

Randomizing variants of Xiangqi Xiangqi has numerous variants: here are three which involve randomization. Lucky Xiangqi When I lived in Hong Kong, I saw numerous old guys playing Xiangqi in the ...
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In the game of shogi, what is the meaning of "sabaki"?

I am not a Shogi- or Go player (only briefly looked at the games in the distant past), but I am an Aikido instructor. In this martial art the term 'tai sabaki' is one of the fundamental notions. While ...
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Is this a sound elephant offer?

It's not a sacrifice, it's a trade after 1. Gxc2 G*b3 and taking the elephant on a3 next. On the other hand, since doubutsu shogi is strongly solved, you can use an engine/tablebase (e.g. https://...
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What is the value of most starting positions in dobutsu shogi?

The first surprise is that if we change the starting position to have mirror symmetry (like western chess) instead of rotational symmetry (like Japanese chess) we get a drawn position in which any ...
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Why can't a dropped pawn deliver checkmate in Shogi?

One theory that I find reasonable is that the prohibition was originally unique to tsume problems, which makes them more fun, and later re-imported to normal shogi as well. Another interesting one is ...
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Why can't a dropped pawn deliver checkmate in Shogi?

If this discussion is about 打ち歩詰め, one hypothesis is Betray and kill the king by the lowest rank piece is forbidden when Sengoku Period(Japanese warring period). And the other consideration is ...
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In the game of shogi, what is the meaning of "sabaki"?

To resolve an awkward or problematic position of the own pieces into an acceptable outcome. This one is bit abstract, so let me try to explain it. The philosophy behind “Sabaki” should mean “please ...
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In the game of shogi, what is the meaning of "sabaki"?

In Jiu Jitsu, we practice Tai Sabaki which we are told means "foot placement" or "foot movement". Additionally, in the videogame Persona 5, you befriend a shogi player who teaches you a move called "...
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Does the chick promotion rule in dobutsu shogi really matter?

I am now convinced that Fabian Fichter's answer is correct. The following commentary on Fabian's answer may help to convince others of the same. 1. Position that seems to be impacted by removing ...
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Are there starting positions in dobutsu shogi that are farther from a win/loss than the standard one?

The following starting position is a win in 123 (according to the software I am using): 1. setup S/cel/---/---/CGL/eG 1. show board ABC +---+ 1|cel| e 2| | 3| | 4|CGL| *G +---+ 1. show lines ...
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Swiss pairings software ignoring colors?

Try Sevilla by JBF Software. Sevilla supports match and minor scores, e.g. 2-0, (3-2). Amalfi-pairing is also supported. Some configuration is required as the program focuses on chess.
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An objective measure of the difference in strength between top programs and top human players in the four most popular forms of chess?

While it is possible to write engines that can play different chess-family games, doing so generally yields an engine that are only "competent" at each one, at best. The best engines for each ...
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An objective measure of the difference in strength between top programs and top human players in the four most popular forms of chess?

I would have to answer no in my opinion. The four forms of chess are different. Shogi from what I remember is a form of chess where capturing an opponent's piece allows you to, at a time of your ...
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Are there starting positions in dobutsu shogi that are farther from a win/loss than the standard one?

The standard dobutsu position gives a win for the second player. It is a well known concept of zugzwang that emerges out of forced lines. Running Fairy Stockfish (on the pychess variants site analysis ...
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On how to learn Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) or Shogi (Japanese Chess)

Try below Ebook, all free for download. http://xiangqielephantgame.blogspot.my/p/download-free-ebook.html?m=1
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