By Jeff Zeitlin
Recently, on a whim, I decided to see what a game between Zillions of Games and Steve Evans's Shogi Variants 1.55a would look like. Shogi Variants beat Zillions; I've included the score below for those who might be interested in the kind of detailed analysis that I'm not capable of.
This score was generated by Shogi Variants, as the notation appears to be 'cleaner' than that from Zillions.
For those that are not familiar with this notation, the board is numbered from White's left corner, files 1-9, ranks a-i. A dash indicates a move; an x indicates a capture; a * indicates a 'drop'. If a move is followed by =, a promotion was refused; a + indicates that the piece promoted (and if it prefixes the piece, indicates that the piece making the move is promoted).
A move like G5a-4a means that there were two Gold Generals that could have moved to 4a; the one that made the move started on 5a.
Black White ZoG SV155 ----------------- 1. S-6h S-3b 2. P-7f K-6b 3. S-3h G-3a 4. P-1f L-9b 5. P-9f P-1d 6. S-7g P-3d 7. S-6f P-3e 8. B-9g P-8d 9. G-7h G-5a 10. P-4f P-9d 11. K-5h G5a-4a 12. P-2f B-4d 13. P-2e K-7b 14. P-4e B-3c 15. Bx5c= P-1e 16. Px1e Lx1e 17. Lx1e Bx1e 18. Bx3e= L*5a 19. L*3d P*3c 20. R-1h Px3d 21. Bx7a+ Kx7a 22. Rx1e L*1c 23. P*1d B*2f 24. R-1f B-3e 25. Px1c= Nx1c 26. P-3f B-4f 27. N-1g K-7b 28. G-4h G-2a 29. G-3g Bx3g+ 30. Sx3g P*1b 31. R-1d G*3h 32. S-4f P-9e 33. Px9e P-8e 34. Rx3d P-8f 35. Px8f Rx8f 36. Rx3b= G4ax3b 37. S*8g R-8b 38. P-9d R*4h 39. K-5i R-4i+ 40. K-6h +Rx4f 41. K-5h +R-4i 42. K-6h +Rx8i 43. L*9c +Rx9i 44. Lx9b= Rx9b 45. S*4g G-4h 46. P-9c= Rx9c 47. L*5f Gx4g 48. Lx5a+ R-9g+ 49. +L-5b S*5i 50. K-7g N*8e mate