Shogi is the Japanese version of Chess and some believe the most complex of all traditional Chess variants. The fundamental difference is that when pieces are captured they can be re-entered onto the board playing for the opposing side. This brings Japanese Chess a great advantage over other forms of chess in that draws are a mercifully rare event.
This is a genuine Japanese product featuring an Agathis wood board with a hinged join. It comes with a set of cream plastic shogi tiles (koma) with black traditional Japanese markings and instructions in English.
Dimensions are 33 x 30 x 1.6 cm. This game does not come in a box - it is simply shrink-wrapped.
Agathis Shogi (Japanese Chess) set
Shogi Japanese Chess or Shogi or Sho-gi or "The Generals Game" has a major innovation over other games in the Chess family: Pieces when taken are allowed back onto the board. This has the advantage of making draws quite unusual and thus, some would say, a more interesting contest.
Shogi pieces are pointed wooden counters with Japanese symbols on them, both players having identical sets, orientation being the method of determining which piece belongs to which player.