Piececlopedia: Silver General

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Piececlopedia: Silver General

Historical notes

The Silver General, or Ginsho is a piece from Shogi, Japanese Chess. It also appears in some variants of Shogi.


The Silver General can move one square, either diagonally or straigt forward, i.e., it can move to any square a king can move to, except to the left, right or straight backwards, and hence has usually five squares it can go to.

Movement diagram

In the diagram below, the Silver general can move to all the squares marked with a black circle.


Silver general symbol

Silver general piece

Written by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: 8 Aug 2000. Last modified on: 8 Aug 2000.