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Zo Shogi (象將棋)

Zo Shogi (象將棋 'elephant chess')


Zo Shogi is a variant of Sho Shogi in which Drop rule is included and Prince (promoted Elephant) is a non-royal King.


files=9 ranks=9 holdingsType=-1 promoOffset=9 promoZone=3 maxPromote=7 promoChoice=+ graphicsDir=/graphics.dir/alfaeriePNG/ whitePrefix=w blackPrefix=b graphicsType=png squareSize=54 darkShade=#C8E0A8 lightShade=#F0FFC0 symmetry=none royal=9 pawn:P:fW:chinesepawn:a3,b3,c3,d3,e3,f3,g3,h3,i3,,a7,b7,c7,d7,e7,f7,g7,h7,i7 bishop:B:B:bishop:b2,,h8 elephant:E:fsWF:elephant:e2,,e8 rook:R:R:rook:h2,,b8 lance:L:fR:lance:a1,i1,,a9,i9 knight:N:fN:knight:b1,h1,,b9,h9 silver:S:fWF:silvergeneral:c1,g1,,c9,g9 gold:G:WfF:goldgeneral:d1,f1,,d9,f9 king:K:K:king:e1,,e9 tokin:T:WfF:promotedshogipawn:, horse:H:BW:promotedbishop:, prince:I:WF:guard:, dragon:D:RF:promotedrook:, apricot:A:WfF:promotedlance:, scepter:C:WfF:promotedknight:, whole:W:WfF:promotedsilver:,




Sui(醉)/Elephant(E): Moves one square orthogonally forward or sideways, or moves one square diagonally. Promotes to Prince.

Tai(太)/Prince(I): Moves one sqaure orthogonally or diagonally.

- In Zo Shogi, Prince is non-royal King.



About Impasse and Campate:

There is no Impasse (持將棋 'Jishogi'), but there is a Campmate.

- Impasse : See this page

- Campmate : A rule in which the player with the King who reached the last rank wins (Of course, King cannot move to the sqaure being attacked.)


About Prohibition of Threefold Repetition:

The player who made the same situation 3 times first loses.


Except for the above cases, all rules are the same as orthodox Shogi.



variants.ini :

variantTemplate = shogi
pieceToCharTable = PNBRLSE..G.+++++++Kpnbrlse..g.+++++++k
maxFile = 9
maxRank = 9
pocketSize = 8
startFen = lnsgkgsnl/1r2e2b1/ppppppppp/9/9/9/PPPPPPPPP/1B2E2R1/LNSGKGSNL[] w - - 0 1
pieceDrops = true
capturesToHand = true
customPiece1 = e:FfsW
shogiPawn = p
shogiKnight = n
bishop = b
rook = r
lance = l
silver = s
gold = g
king = k
dragonHorse = h
commoner = i
bers = d
promotionRank = 7
doubleStep = false
castling = false
promotedPieceType = p:g n:g b:h r:d l:g e:i s:g
dropNoDoubled = p
stalemateValue = loss
nMoveRule = 0
nFoldValue = loss
flagPiece = k
whiteFlag = *9
blackFlag = *1
immobilityIllegal = true
shogiPawnDropMateIllegal = true

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By Daphne Snowmoon.

Last revised by Daphne Snowmoon.

Web page created: 2022-12-29. Web page last updated: 2023-02-26