Space Shogi

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Space Shogi 3D gamespace

Space Shogi is a three-dimensional shogi variant invented by George R. Dekle, Sr. in 1987.[1][2] The gamespace comprises nine 9×9 shogi boards stacked vertically. Each player controls a standard set of shogi pieces.

Space Shogi was included in World Game Review No. 10 edited by Michael Keller.[3]

Game rules[edit]

Space Shogi follows standard shogi conventions, including the same types and numbers of pieces, and a similar initial setup. All the normal shogi rules apply, including drops, promotion, check, checkmate, and impasse. But pieces have the freedom of three-dimensional movement.

Starting setup[edit]

Black starts the game occupying levels 1 through 3; White starts on levels 9 through 7.

Black's level 1 (and White's level 9, rank a) starting setup. Unlike standard shogi, the silver is placed between the lance and the knight (8i and 2i in the diagram).
Black's level 2 (and White's level 8, rank b) starting setup. The bishop and rook occupy the same positions as in standard shogi.
Black's level 3 (and White's level 7, rank c) starting setup. The pawns fill the same rank as in standard shogi.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Pritchard (1994), p. 285
  2. ^ Pritchard (2007), p. 261
  3. ^ Keller, Michael, ed. (June 1991). "A Panorama of Chess Variants". World Game Review. No. 10. Michael Keller. ISSN 1041-0546.