Gufuu shogi

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Gufuu shogi is a modern variant of shogi (Japanese chess). It is not Japanese, having been invented in 1998-2001 by Georg Dunkel of Finland and it incorporates elements of Unashogi by starting with an empty board. It also incorporates the concept of shared pieces, pieces controlled by both players on their respective turns.

Rules of the game[edit]

Objective[edit]

The objective of the game is to capture your opponent's king.

Game equipment[edit]

Two players, Black and White (or 先手 sente and 後手 gote), play on a board ruled into a grid of 3 ranks (rows) by 2 files (columns). The squares are undifferentiated by markings or color.

Each player has a king, distinguished by color (black and white). There are two additional pieces which are of neutral color: the Kaze (風) and Arashi (嵐).


Gufuu Shogi is played on a 2x3 board with four pieces.


Setup[edit]

The board, 3×2, starts out empty. The kings are dropped first.

Gameplay[edit]

The Kaze and Arashi are shared pieces, and as such, belong to Black on Black's turn and White on White's turn. The only exception is when either general is delivering check, in which case they (at that turn) belong to the play delivering check, and cannot be moved by the opponent in check. It is also not permissible to capture the checking piece with the king. The king may move next to each other, but may not directly face each other. It is permissible to move into check provided that the general the king is moved into contact with is not controlled by the opponent (see earlier discussion on checks).

The Kaze and Arashi only deliver check when they are in contact with the checking player's king.

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