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Why do you play shogi though you have choice to do chess?
kpby2751 (1625) ☗0☗4☗102019-11-27 22:16
What make you want to play shogi?
Could you tell me why you chose shogi?

I welcome whatever you write on forum.


I could have told you,couldn't I?

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8: nexxogen (1386) 2019-12-05 21:56
You are welcome. You will see that a lot of things translate from shogi to chess well. You are already good at shogi so I think you can become good at chess very quickly if you don't give up.
7: kpby2751 (1625) ☗0☗4☗102019-12-05 10:44
Thank you,nexxogen for replying again and giving me a good advice.
I try playing chess in a few days.
6: nexxogen (1386) 2019-12-04 21:51
I would also say that chess strategy is a lot different than shogi strategy. Because chess pawns capture diagonally and can therefore protect one another, there's a whole strategical element in chess called "pawn chains" that doesn't exist in shogi. 

Also in chess, there are more instances of long term strategical principles like putting your Knight on a protected square in your opponents half of the board because often it cannot be easily removed from there since you can't just drop a Pawn to attack it like in shogi. 

The long term strategy part is in my opinion superior in chess compared to shogi. 

But shogi has other elements which are, again in my opinion, superior compared to chess. That's why it is really worth it to play both games. You can also improve in shogi by playing chess and vice versa, because you force your brain to think in a different way and see patterns that are different than what you are used to.
5: nexxogen (1386) 2019-12-04 21:36
They are very similar of course but the way they are played is very different. I recommend that you search YouTube for chess rules because there are a lot of videos in Japanese that explain how to play it.
4: kpby2751 (1625) ☗0☗4☗102019-12-04 15:18 (2019-12-05 10:31に編集)
Thank you for replying for my writing.
What you're saying that it is foolish of us not trying choose both is right,but I just wonder what the difference is between shogi and chess.
3: nexxogen (1386) 2019-12-04 00:39
I don't think this is a valid question actually, especially today when the world has been more connected than ever before in history. Shogi and chess are different games, even though they are similar. Who says that playing one means you're not (or should not be) playing the other one?

It's like asking "why do you watch American football when you've got rugby?" Why not watch both? And why not play both chess and shogi? I wish more Japanese people tried playing chess.
2: kpby2751 (1625) ☗0☗4☗102019-11-30 13:38
Thank you for replying for my writing.

I didn't think of what shogi's handicap is functioning than chess until you write about.
1: Agt (1208) 2019-11-28 08:31
As a former (?) club Chess player:
1. Shogi is much less drawish than Chess
2. Shogi's handicap system actually works, since the strategy of exchanging pieces when you have more of them in order to reach a favorable endgame often doesn't work in Shogi
3. Shogi seems more variant-friendly to me (shameless plug: https://github.com/agt-the-walker/shogi-utils#on-shogi-variants).

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