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Japanese Chess: The Game of Shogi Paperback – April 10, 2009
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For almost twenty years, until the publication of John Fairbairn's "Shogi for Beginners," this book served as the only English language introduction to the game. Fairbairn's book is more thorough and gives deeper insight into the game, but Fairbairn's diagrams are in Japanese hieroglyphics. Legget's book uses Westernized symbols which are easier to decipher. Leggett's book also has this advantage over Fairbairn's: It comes with a cardboard punchout Shogi set.
Thus, Fairbairn's book gives better instruction, but Leggett's is more user-friendly.
As an introduction to shogi, I think this book is a good effort, but is somewhat rough around the edges. The does pretty well in walking through the very basics, but starts to jump into advanced strategy without covering mid-level strategy much. Mr. Leggett has many useful mottos and pointers to keep in mind (you need X number of pieces to drop to effect mate, Y number if you have pieces promoted), and some of these have been helpful with my own gameplay. In addition, the basic pointers on how to mate an opponent have actually helped me to win games since reading this book.
My only complaint (hence the 4 stars) is the focus on specific games, and not enough examples of general strategy. Also the length of the book is somewhat brief. I feel that each section could use some more expansion, particularly the later sections.
In any case, I think this is a fine book, and a good read for anyone whose new to shogi, or wants to brush up on their skills. I think this book is good for rounding out one's knowledge of shogi.
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A bit difficult to understand the game. Think the order of the chapters should be rearranged making the moves of the different pieces the top priority. Read morePublished 17 months ago by James Borland
For a beginner this is solid (and you don't have many other choices), so get it. Though, tell you the truth, it wasn't as indepth as I hoped. Read morePublished on November 18, 2013 by BronxRev
If your Chess Player,then the transition is not difficult at all. Nearly most pieces as far as movement is identical. Just practice and Boom...done :)Published on May 31, 2013 by Lucard V Edmond
I think that this is great. I wanted to learn how to play Shogi. This is a great book that will show you how to play the game.Published on May 15, 2013 by Unicornhal
The problem with this books is that it is hard to just find a instruction on how to play instead it is drawn out with techniques and everything that can make it a little confusing.Published on April 25, 2013 by gore23
I did not like this book. I got it for my kindle. It told me almost nothing that I already found online and it didn't tell me any of the rules strait out like it should have. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Storm118