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Mark Hudson
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I'd like to learn Shogi, but am finding it tedious to look up the piece symbols on a list of valid moves.

Is there a set of pieces with the little grid of moves printed on each?
 
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Mark Hudson
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hi, I should specify that I am looking for a production set with diagrammatic pieces, not print-n-play.

Thanks.
 
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There are pasteups here:

http://files.boardgamegeek.com/geekfile_view.php?fileid=1096...

And this book includes a set of semi-westernised pieces (e.g. pawn has a P under the kanji, bishop has a B under the kanji):

http://www.amazon.com/Shogi-Japans-Strategy-Trevor-Leggett/d...

But really, it's not hard to learn the characters. Each piece has two characters on the unpromoted side, but you only need to remember the top one. So there are eight symbols to learn, ten if you want to memorise promoted bishop and rook (no need to memorise the other promotions as they're all to gold). There are size differences between the pieces, which helps too. If you borrow a kanji dictionary from the library and learn how to write them, you'll recognise them quickly.

One advantage of learning the Japanese pieces is that most of the English shogi literature uses them. Also, you can get Japanese 'mate in 3' books and read those without much trouble.
 
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send an email out to George Hodges (george.hodges@talk21.com) and ask for a Shogi catalog. I know he has at least one set like that. I don't know if it's the cheapest place, but it's a place.
 
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I have a set that I found at Goodwill. I'll check who makes it and get back to you.
 
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This is the German FX Schmidt version if you can still find it on eBay:



You can also buy a Shogi set from www.chessusa.com

The version they sell is using international symbols which are much easier to learn (the moves are still not printed on them).
 
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I don't know if it will help but it was copyright 1987, The Games Gang, Ltd.

You can see an ebay auction of one here:
http://rover.ebay.com/rover/1/711-53200-19255-0/1?type=4&cam...
 
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I should be getting one exactly what you're describing in the mail in a few days. I'll let you know who published it when it gets here.
 
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