Questions about Shogi
I'm having difficulty grasping where and when exactly the pieces promote.I hope this helps. If not, let me know.
A piece promotes when each of the following two conditions are met:
- The piece is of a type that can promote. (So, kings never promote. This one is rather obvious.)
- The piece moves to a square in the promotion zone, or moves from a square in the promotion zone, or both. The promotion zone is the last three rows at the opponents side of the board.
- The owner chooses to promote the piece. However, when the piece wouldn't be able to move again ever when not promoted, the owner must choose to promote the piece: so, for instance, a pawn moved to a square on the last row must be promoted.
Written by: Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: February 24, 1997.