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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2000-08-08
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Gold General. Shogi piece that moves one square but not diagonally backwards.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on 2010-04-28 UTC
This move have interesting history. In some Chaturanga (ancient Indian chess) variants elephant (bishop) had these moves: one step diagonaly in any direction or on step straight forward. Diagonal moves meant 4 leags and orthogonal move meant trunk. When chess came to Siam with this piece. There it was renamed into 'nobleman'. From Siam, it came to Japan. Meaning of these moves was lost, and Japanese explained this move in this way: 'One step diagonaly in any direction and orthogonaly forward', and they replaced ferz (wich was at modern queen's square, weak piece) with 'opposite' piecee, wich moves one step orthogonaly in any direction and diagonaly forward. First piece was renamed to 'silver general', and second to 'gold general'.