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Opening theory for a dummy
Reznikov_Ilya (1143) 2020-01-09 03:01
Hi, everyone. 

I've learned the rules of shogi around 4 years ago. Played against Kanazawa Shogi 2 AI for a while, had several games on server here and there. Most of them lost. Several times I tried to study shogi a little deeper. Unfortunately, I live in Moscow and don't speak Japanese. I tried to find a Russian sensei, but could not find one. So I am trying to learn on my own. But I have faced another trouble. Almost all of the books and lectures I could find in Russian or English would rather concentrate on specific variations, like quick Ishida's attack, or Oblique Climbing silver. Books like "Joseki in a glance" also seem to base on the preposition that I already know some basic lines that the game is to be started with. Everything I could find was about concrete hints, rather than on the opening theory basics. 
Is there a book available for free download (I'm not very familiar with buying abroad and don't have a paypal) or a Youtube channel that could give the opening basics? Like "There's this basic opening that starts with this specific line, and there's that opening that starts with those moves, and here are variations". Something that could give the information in system for a beginner, rather than some hints for more experienced players that are already supposed to know the basics.

Thank you everyone in advance!
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3: captbirdseye (700) 2020-01-10 22:19
> ...Great Archive! The quality of the PDF documents is superb...

Thank you! We do our best...
2: Reznikov_Ilya (1143) 2020-01-10 18:11
Thank you so much! Great Archive! The quality of the PDF documents is superb! And there are also tesuji and tsume! Very-very helpful!
About Hidetchi, I know his channel, but his opening series seems to focus more on specific variations like Oblique Climbing Silver, rather than on giving basic openings. That's why I have made this post, and I didn't even hope to get so much helpful material. Thank you so much!
1: captbirdseye (700) 2020-01-10 16:17 (Edited at 2020-01-10 16:26)
I have an archive of Shogi material which includes some information about openings:

https://tinyurl.com/RogersShogiArchive or:
https://tinyurl.com/RogersOtherShogiArchive

Look at the documents relating to 'Static Rook' and 'Ranging Rook' openings. You may find it useful. There's other stuff there which may also be helpful.

There's also a useful video at:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=At6KWe7bCbg

plus Hidetchi's videos - type 'hidetchi shogi' into the YouTube search box.

Good luck!

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