Piececlopedia: Gold General
Historical notesThe Gold General, or Kinsho is a piece from Shogi, Japanese Chess. It also appears in some variants of Shogi.
MovementThe Gold General can move one square, either orthogonally, or diagonally forwards, i.e., it can move to any square a king can move to, except diagonally backwards, and hence has usually six squares it can go to.
In the diagram below, the gold general can move to all the squares marked with a black circle.
This piece can generally force checkmate against a bare king, with the help of its friendly king. Try it!
Gold general symbol
Gold general piece
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: 8 Aug 2000. Last modified on: 5 Jan 2019.