sexta-feira, 10 de julho de 2009

Vídeos 66th Meijin-Sen (2008)

Achei que era interessante partilhar esta "colecção" de vídeos, dificilmente acessíveis a quem não percebe nada de Japonês. Trata-se de uma série de vídeos por altura do 66th Meijin-Sen (mais importante torneio de Shogi profissional), entre Yoshiharu Habu (challenger) e Moriuchi Toshiyuki (Meijin da altura).
Estes vídeos não mostram o jogo propriamente dito e, mesmo estando em japonês, dão uma ideia de toda a etiqueta que precede um jogo; desde quem entra primeiro na sala de jogo, quem esvazia a caixa das peças, etc. Penso que serve para aguçar o apetite àqueles que se estão a iniciar no Shogi e mostra-lhes que Shogi é muito mais do que um simples jogo de xadrez.

Vídeos 66th Meijin-Sen

sexta-feira, 3 de julho de 2009

Tradicionalismo no Shogi (por Dick Iwakura)

Este pequeno artigo foi posto na Shogi-L Discussion List, ha muitos anos e foi escrito pot Dick Iwakura, Presidente do Clube de Shogi de Hong Kong. Achei-o bastante interessante porque lida com o tradicionalismo do shogi e mostra, a nós ocidentais o respeito pelo adversário, e pelo próprio jogo, que o shogi exige. Se queres aprender shogi aconselho-te a seguires o que Dick Iwakura aqui recomenda. O shogi é um jogo tradicional japonês e ocidentalizá-lo de mais só lhe tirar a beleza.

(If you are more than Shodan (aspirante a um ranking the Dan), you don't need to read this lecture)


Initial Set Up of Playing Shogi
Please don't forget the following manners when you start playing Shogi with
your respectful opponent:

1. As long as the traditional culture concerns, we respect the person who has good modesty to the people. Conversation during play is absolutely prohibited.

2. When you will pick up the piece (KOMA), you have to pick up the Gyoku(King) first. It has very strict rule that lower class person should have Gyoku and upper one takes Ou (peça em que o rei aparece com um pequeno pontinho junto ao kanji). we call them both Koma as King. But there are big difference. If the opponent is the same class as you, you can choose either one of both.

3. After you pick up the Gyoku, you will pick up Kin(Gold) and put this Kin to your left-hand side of Gyoku. Next you pick up other Kin and put it right-hand side of Gyoku.

4. Then you take Gin(Silver), Keima(Knight),Kyousha(Lance) in order.

5. After bottom rank is finished, you will take Fu(Pawn) and put this Fu to 5C/5G position. Then you will follow the same way of others.

6. After you finish Fu, you take Kaku(Bishop) and finally you take Hisha(Rook). (We call this way as "OH-HASHI" style).

7. If the handicap is even, you will take 5 Fu and swing them inside of your hands and drop them. If Fu appears more than three pcs., the person who was swinging (you) will take Sente(Black). If there are Tokin more than three pcs., your opponent takes Sente. For handicapped game, the upper class persons always take Sente. But scoring should be written as if the lower class were Sente. Eg. 62 Gin, 76 Fu, 53 Fu, 46 Fu (The lower class persons must tell the upper class "ARIGATOU GOZAIMASHITA' after the game review (actually Koma-Ochi game is teaching) has been finished.

8. After Sente/Gote is decided, both side must mention clearly "ONEGAI SHIMASU!". Then start the game.

9. When you will resign the game, you have to mention very clearly "MAKEMASHITA' or "ARIMASEN'.

10.Please note Shogi is extremely traditional game and I hope my students in this lecture keeps the above rules very strictly when you will play Shogi game anytime. Because this is traditional beauty.

11. This is the common sense when people will learn Karate or Judo also.

I hope you try to remember at least following few words:

1. The words of Piece
Original Name - After Promoted
King = Gyoku N on
Rook = Hisha or Hi Ryu
Bishop = Kaku - Uma
Gold = Kin - None
Silver = Gin - Nari-Gin
Knight = Kei or Keima - Nari-Kei
Lance = Kyo or Kyosha - Nari-Kyo
Pawn = Fu - Tokin or To

2. The words of Movement
I will describe it all in English because ordinal Japanese can understand simple English.
Right - The right-hand side piece moves. (Migi)
Left - The left-hand side piece moves. (Hidari)
Side - The piece moves to side (Yoru)
Up --- The piece moves to up (Agaru)
Down - The piece moves to down (Sagaru)
Straight - The piece moves to straight up. (Sugu)
Back ----- The piece moves to back. (Hiku)

Exception: When you can capture the opponent's Koma, we can say
Do-Fu, Do-Kyo, Do-Kaku only etc.

Example ; Sente Gote
------ ------
1. 26 Fu 2. 84 Fu
3. 25 Fu 4. 85 Fu
5. 24 Fu 6. Do-Fu
7. Do-Hi 8. 86 Hi
9. Do-Fu 10. 87 Fu
(I don't mention 87 Fu drop )
10. 23 Fu 12. 88 Fu naru
11. Do-Gin 14. 35 Kaku
12. 22 Fu naru 16. Do-Gin
13. 28 Hi 18. 57 Kaku naru
Toryo (resign)
Gote won the game at step

Gin naru ---- Silver promotes
Nari-Gin - Promoted Silver

The numbers on the left is the movement step. International Notation is a kind of Chess method. Shogi never uses such a notation. Every professionals explain that "my step No.28's
78 Kyo-Naru was mistake" something like this way. Sente must be odd step number and Gote even numbers. For other special words, you can learn them step by step with me.

The merit of the Japanese Notation
1. You can communicate any Japanese Ama./Pro. Players by this way very easily. So professionals are easy to teach you. On the other hands, they can not teach you under so called "International" notation
2. You can read any Japanese Shogi books after you study a few more Kanji characters. If you already play by actual Kanji Koma, you don't need to study more. This is all.

3. What I want all of you is to become SHODAN as soon as possible. You can learn all necessary formula from books. I believe you can surely do it after a few lectures of mine to get the black belt within 3-4 years.

4. I and other members on other famous Shogi page will use this kind of notation under the recommendation of JSA.

5. If you can write your score (Kifu) completely, I can give you Class 4 strength at least. Class 4 means that you can beat me under the handicap of two pcs (without Hisha and Kaku) for
all the games. If you can play Blind game, you are already becoming 2 dan or more.

6. In order to confirm your strength, we play together in new JAVA Shogi server, where you can know your real strength by playing with many of us. Unfortunately, nobody can use the
"International" notation there. So to review your scores, we need to study this format. Otherwise, other strong amateurs or professionals can not give you any good suggestions even if they know how to write good English to you. Very few Japanese Player can write you with International notation.

JAVA Shogi Server:

New JAVA Shogi functions Kifu Records, Handi-Capped games etc.

If you really respect our culture and love SHOGI, Please study one hour to remember all the necessary words for above for your lifetime Shogi Hobby. If you don't have anytime to study them now, please just print this out and when you will be confused, you just refer it please.
This is technical part but real good Shogi players respect the opponent with good manner and gentle modesty. Needless to say, you can not be so glad when you win the game in front of your opponent. Instead, you have to give and show your opponent very deep sympathy because he or she really would like to cry by loosing the game. If your time allows
for the review of the game, you have to consider with your opponent very carefully and try to find out any method that opponent could win if he or she moved with other way. This is gentlemen Shogi-Ship.

Frankly speaking, to be stronger or weaker is not so much important in Shogi. The attitude of the game create your own beauty and people will like you more. On the other hands, all strong Ama/Pro Players are strictly keeping good attitude for Shogi Play all the time withoutexception. This is the hint to be a skilful player. If you can not keep the way I mentioned all above, you are not qualified to be a skilful Shogi Player. It is very easy if you can think of the people's mind. You can also enter into "ZEN" world thru Shogi later.

Anyway, please enjoy Shogi more.

Best regards
Dick Iwakura
Hong Kong Shogi Club