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Shogi for Beginners Paperback – February, 1984


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: Ishi Press; 2nd edition (February 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 4871872017
  • ISBN-13: 978-4871872010
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,285,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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John Fairbairn, born in 1947, lives in London. Now mostly retired, he has worked as a political journalist and technical translator. His main hobby, outside of taking his grandchildren to "follow their noses", is the Japanese board game go. As a specialist in Oriental Languages, he has translated and written many books about go and shogi (Japanese chess). He has also developed go and shogi software. With long-standing friend T Mark Hall, he runs the GoGoD (Games of Go on Disc) database of professional go games. He spent 11 years writing for The Shogi Association's magazine, providing translations and original research on the shogi variants for founder George Hodges. During this period he also worked on developing a shogi computer program, and also a xiangqi (Chinese chess) program, for a team led by David Levy. He has been a go player since 1965. Although he holds the rank of amateur 3rd dan in the British Go Association, his main go interest is the game's history. He has written many original features in Go World, including the first substantial expositions of ancient Chinese, ancient Korean and Tibetan go in English. Prior to moving to London, he taught a technical Japanese reading course for the University of Newcastle (his home town), and in retirement he has resumed his interest in machine translation. Retirement holidays have focused on visiting Major League baseball parks in the USA (11 as of 2011) and also baseball parks in Japan.

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Format: Paperback
Shogi is almost unknown in America, but is one of the great games of the world. Unlike Go, the foremost board game ever invented, Shogi can be played much more quickly, but has as much depth as chess. This book will teach you the rudiments, but goes far beyond them to teach the various strategies that have been worked out over the years (much as books on chess openings do). It has a number of problems so you can try out your skills on them. If you like board games, I heartily recommend this excellent little volume. It is one of the first books in English about this elegant and challenging game.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Gisli Jokull Gislason on January 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
I enjoy the privillage of having been tought Shogi by a japanese gentelman who is attempting to expand Shogi to Iceland. Having learned the basics from him I was desperatly looking for a book that leads you through basic tactics such as castling and climbing silver and found all that I wanted in this book. The first chapters also include simple and straight forward explanations on the game so this book is an excellent entry into the world of Shogi.
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Often humorous with good sample amature and tournament games along with blow by blow commentary.
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