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Murdo (1020) 2021-03-25 06:33
Hello from Bonnie Scotland, my name is Murdo and I am a complete newcomer to Shogi, can anyone recommend a program or an app that will teach me the game....
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5: captbirdseye (700) 2021-03-30 14:26
>>4  Murdo

> I am using an android tablet which will not allow me to open any files, but will try out on laptop which is currently getting a much needed overhaul.

Ah! I'm pretty sure that Shogidokoro won't work. ShogiGUI should work on Android systems I think, but as I don't have one, I've never tried it. From memory, the interface on Android is Japanese. You need to wait till the laptop comes back from the fettler. Good luck!

4: Murdo (1020) 2021-03-30 05:11 (Edited at 2021-03-30 05:13)
The HM at present is female and quite placid by all accounts
I am using an android tablet which will not allow me to open any files, but will try out on laptop which is currently getting a much needed overhaul.
3: captbirdseye (700) 2021-03-28 13:47 (Edited at 2021-03-28 14:19)
>>2  Murdo

> Wow that's quite a packed reply, thank you for takin the time...

My pleasure - all part of the service...

I should have said, Shogidokoro is Windoze-only, as far as I know...

>...we live in Oban on the West Coast...

Nice! I know Oban well - used to be the start point for many cruising jaunts along the West Coast and out to the Western Isles. The harbour-master used to have a reputation among yachtsmen as the grumpiest man on the West Coast (I'm talking about 30-odd years ago now, I'm sure the present incumbent is lovely...).
2: Murdo (1020) 2021-03-28 07:17
Wow that's quite a packed reply, thank you for takin the time....we live in Oban on the West Coast....very windy and wet here at the moment....I will have a look at your suggestions,. Thank you again.
1: captbirdseye (700) 2021-03-27 16:27 (Edited at 2021-03-27 18:28)
1) Buy a book. I would recommend 'Shogi for Beginners' by John Fairbairn, or 'The Art of Shogi' by Tony Hosking.

Supplier for SfB: Mrs. A. Hodges (GeorgeHodges@talk21.com)
Supplier for TAoS: http://www.shogifoundation.co.uk/

Both in the U.K.

2) Install a stand-alone Shogi program. I would recommend  'Shogidokoro' or 'ShogiGUI'

Shogidokoro (review): https://www.techsupportalert.com/content/shogidokoro.htm-0
Shogidokoro (download): http://shogidokoro.starfree.jp/download.html
Shogidokoro (information about add-on 'engines'): http://www2.teu.ac.jp/gamelab/SHOGI/SPEAR/spearmain.html
ShogiGUI (download): http://shogigui.siganus.com/
ShogiGUI (introduction): https://www.dropbox.com/s/wa40stjsd37x0eg/Introduction%20to%20ShogiGUI.pdf?dl=0

3) When you come to buy a Shogi set, buy a set with proper pieces, not 'westernised' ones. The set on sale here ('hybrid' pieces) is good (Czech Republic - I don't know if they are shipping abroad at the moment):

https://www.shogi.cz/en/

There is also a set of templates allowing you to make a paper-and-card set before taking the plunge and buying a set:

https://cas.shogi.cz/soubory/papir_shogi.pdf

A modest free 'Introduction to Shogi' here: 
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3uabz682qabeu69/Introduction%20to%20Shogi.pdf?dl=0
http://eric.macshogi.com/shogi/roger/Introduction%20to%20Shogi.pdf

Where are you? I lived in Edinburgh for 32 years. Happy days...

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