Originally posted by sonhouse
For one thing, I didn't know Buddhism was considered a language! And what possible use would they have had for that specific quantity? The big difference in shogi is the cannon, it fires over the first guy in line and hits the first enemy in line like a rook but jumps but it doesn't matter how many spaces there are between the cannon, the friendly man and t ...[text shortened]... y on the other side, 1 square, 2 squares, 6 squares, doesn't matter, it has an unerring aim🙂
Uhm, I the cannon is present in chinese chess (Xiangqi), I play shogi and the only pieces are: king, gold generals, silver generals, knights, lances, rook, bishop and pawns. None of them move like you described, the lances move straight ahead any number of square but cant go back and cant jump over pieces.
More people should try shogi, its a very tactical game with insane combinations due to the drop rule (captured pieces are moved to a stand next to the board and can be brought into play anywhere on the board instead of making a move) and the many opportunities for promotion.
The great hurdle is learning the chinese (yep, chinese) characters (kanji) though, but once youre past that its a great game, sometimes more enjoyable than chess. The game has a higher degree of complexity than chess and so top players have not yet been beaten by computers. The Kasparov of shogi is called Yoshiharu Habu, he is still active and arguably the greatest shogi player in history.
Anyone interested in shogi should watch the Hidetchi videos (especially the shogi lessons) on youtube, great stuff!