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. Korean game, resembling Shogi, mentioned in a novel.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Daniil Frolov wrote on Wed, Jun 23, 2010 12:27 PM UTC:
What is name of this novel?

Daniil Frolov wrote on Wed, Apr 21, 2010 06:44 AM UTC:
Link is broken, but i really want to know about this game: wich pieces and rules are used, what is initial setup?

Anonymous wrote on Mon, Apr 5, 2010 05:37 PM UTC:
Link is broken again... But comments sounds interesting: can someone explain game at least grosso mode?

John Smith wrote on Sat, Jan 10, 2009 12:24 AM UTC:
It is indeed interesting. I think that he meant to describe modern Shogi, however.

Jared McComb wrote on Fri, Sep 3, 2004 03:39 PM UTC:
If I were to reconstruct the game based on the material given, I would have
assumed it would differ from the rules presented on this page in two

Rather than cannons, there would be two rooks.  The rook is a piece which
is found in every historical game to date, and there is no reason which a
piece that 'resembles a castle' shouldn't be one.

The knight would not be able to move one space orthogonally (this might be
the result of an inaccurate diagram on Kisljuk's part, however).

As for the pawn move, since no information is really given, either a Shogi
or a Changgi interpretation would work, although the latter probably makes
for a more playable game.


Peter Aronson wrote on Mon, Apr 22, 2002 03:28 PM UTC:
The rating I really want to give this page is 'interesting'; not <b>Excellent</b>, <b>Good</b> or <b>Poor</b>, but interesting. <p> While the game L. U. Kisljuk describes is perfectly playable, I have real doubts it ever existed. Much more likely London confused a description of Shogi with Korea, and gave it a name often used for Korea at that time. Or possibly he was just passing on someone else's mistake. I've never heard any evidence that the Koreans played Shogi in the past, and this is the first 'historical' game I've ever heard of that combined drops and cannons. Remember Occam's Razor.

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