Guys, who wants to try to play this old shogi variant here on lishogi.org/?
No rooks, no bishops, no drops.
Heian shogi / 平安将棋
Message me and I send you a challenge. Friendly game by correspondence.
How to play it?
looks like makruk (thai chess)
Piece movements were as in modern shogi, but there was no rook or bishop. All other rules are the same as in modern shogi. There is no drop rule.
OMG; I love Heian Shogi, please someone challenge me at it * o *! hahaha
I really think heian shogi came from ancient Buddhist makruk player who arrived in Japan ... Japanese later changed that ancient makruk into heian-shogi, that's why there were no drops and there were no bishop or rook, but I am not sure at all, that the pieces move like in modern shogi ... mmh, very suspicious, I think heian shogi pieces can move like makruk does, lances are rooks, and knights are horses (horses moving like chess knight) ...
So, when firsts Japanese new proto-shogi players played that kinda game, they noticed that it would be great drop the pieces again to avoid too many draws, but to achieve a balance it was necessary to downgrade some pieces, ex: rooks are the new lances, and horses are the new knights only moving forward to get that new balance.
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