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Devon Smith
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Hi everyone,

After several years of dormancy, the Vancouver Shogi Club is back! If you would like to learn how to play Japanese chess, please drop by one of our events and we would be happy to show you how. laugh

About shogi

Shogi is a Japanese variant of chess. Shogi is unique among chess variants in that captured pieces can be brought back into play under the capturing player’s control – the “drop rule”. The board size in shogi (9×9 squares) is larger than in Western chess (8×8), some of the pieces are different (e.g. gold generals, silver generals, etc.), and most of the pieces can be promoted (e.g. a rook becomes a dragon king).

About the Vancouver Shogi Club

Originally founded in 1968, the Vancouver Shogi Club was the first shogi club outside of Japan to be officially recognized by the Japan Shogi Association.

Unfortunately the club became dormant several years ago; but under a new co-management of existing and recent members, we hope to make shogi appealing to a broader audience here in Vancouver.

Everyone is welcome to join us, regardless of skill level. Our players range from beginner (15-kyu) through to expert (5-dan), and we have instructors who are native English and native Japanese speakers.

Website: shogivancouver.wordpress.com (still under construction)
Twitter: twitter.com/ShogiVancouver
Facebook: facebook.com/ShogiVancouver
Email: shogivancouver AT gmail DOT com

Upcoming events

Saturday, January 25, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)
Moii Cafe – 2559 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y6
* Conveniently located near the Broadway-City Hall SkyTrain (Canada Line) station and the 99 B-Line express bus.
* No entry cost, but café purchase is required.

Saturday, February 8, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)
Nikkei Centre - 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
* Approximately a 15-minute walk from the Edmonds SkyTrain station.
* We meet in a second-floor room, usually the Sakura Room.
* Cost: $5 drop-in fee (to cover room-rental costs)

Our four-year work plan for reviving organized shogi in Canada

2014: Re-launch the Vancouver Shogi Club.
2014: Work with board game stores in Vancouver, to encourage them to sell shogi sets.
2014: Encourage the creation of organized shogi clubs in Toronto, Montreal, and other locations across Canada.
2015: Lead efforts to re-launch the Canadian Shogi Federation (CSF).
2015: Under the leadership of the CSF, begin planning for the re-establishment of the triennial Canadian Open Shogi Championship (spring 2017).
2017: Hold the re-established Canadian Open Shogi Championship – winner to represent Canada at the 2017 International Shogi Forum (late 2017).

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Vancouver Shogi Club - upcoming events

Saturday, February 22, 2014 (10:30am-2:30pm)
Moii Café – 2559 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y6
* Conveniently located near the Broadway-City Hall (Canada Line) SkyTrain station and the 99 B-Line express bus.
* Play shogi while enjoying crêpes, desserts, bubble tea, and hot drinks - the perfect indoor warm-up to beat the winter blues!
* No entry cost, but café purchase is required.
* If you don't know how to play, club members would be happy to teach you. Everyone is welcome!
Photos from our last event at Moii Café:


Saturday, March 8, 2014 (1:00-5:00pm)
Nikkei Centre – 6688 Southoaks Crescent, Burnaby, BC V5E 4M7
* The event will begin with a lesson from a former North American shogi champion!
* Free public underground parking. Approximately a 15-minute walk from the Edmonds SkyTrain station.
* We meet in a second-floor room, usually the Sakura Room (Room 250).
* Cost: $5 drop-in fee (to cover room-rental costs).
* If you don't know how to play, club members would be happy to teach you. Everyone is welcome!


Website: shogivancouver.wordpress.com (still under construction)
Twitter: twitter.com/ShogiVancouver
Facebook: facebook.com/ShogiVancouver
Email: shogivancouver AT gmail DOT com

 
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Revived Shogi club offers equal opportunity
Male-dominated game open to women, those with patience
The Vancouver Courier
February 25, 2014
by Rebecca Blissett

http://www.vancourier.com/city-living-revived-shogi-club-off...

Photo by: Rebecca Blissett

Like chess, shogi is mostly a quiet game. Both players study the board on a table in front of them, a hand often on the face in the thick of concentration. And then, very much unlike chess, there’s a startling “clack” noise as wood hits wood when a player drops in a piece with a quick flick of the fingers.

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Vancouver Shogi Club - upcoming events

If you've never played Japanese chess (shogi) and are curious, here is your chance to learn!

Saturday, January 24, 2014 (2:00pm-6:00pm)
Moii Café – 2559 Cambie Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 3Y6

* Conveniently located near the Canada Line SkyTrain (Broadway-City Hall station) and the 99 B-Line express bus (Cambie St).
* Play shogi while enjoying crêpes, desserts, bubble tea, and hot drinks - the perfect indoor warm-up to beat the winter blues!
* If you don't know how to play, club members would be happy to teach you. Everyone is welcome!
* We have regular shogi and animal shogi sets. Animal shogi is an easy and visual way to learn how to play shogi for both adults and children.
* If you have played Western chess, Chinese chess, or other chess variants, there is a lot of overlap with shogi.
* No entry cost, but café purchase is required.

More info:
Website: shogivancouver.wordpress.com (still under construction)
Facebook: facebook.com/ShogiVancouver
Instagram: instagram.com/ShogiVancouver
Twitter: twitter.com/ShogiVancouver
Email: shogivancouver AT gmail DOT com

VIDEO: How to play animal shogi (dobutsu shogi)


VIDEO: Introduction to shogi
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