Re: Discovery of an alternative Tenjiku Shogi piece
- This new piece seems quite interesting, exotic and unusual, which may
explain its inclusion in Tenjiku.
I have a couple of questions:
1) Does the author of the article state the origin of this piece?
Does he/she represent it as being of the same antiquity as Tenjiku,
or is it a more modern invention?
2) This piece promotes to a Vertical Mover, however the Iron General
(which it replaces) promotes to a Vertical Soldier, and the Silver
General also promotes to a Vertical Mover. Is this correct?
3) Does the Battering Ram consume momentum with the first piece it
captures during a ramming move? If the answer is yes then this would
lead to the result that it could not take a piece exactly two squares
forward, as it would have only one point of momentum and would
shatter as it attempted to take this piece.
4) You state that promotion is compulsory if it ends its move intact
on the first rank. However I understand that the rule in Shogi was
that promotion was only compulsory if failure to promote meant that
it could make no other move. For the Battering Ram on the last rank
it would still have an orthogonal sideways move. (Of course it would
always be more rational to promote this piece at the last rank.)
5) If a ramming move leaves the piece in the promotion-zone, can it
escape the rule about not moving again for a number of turns equal to
its momentum by promoting at the end of its move? EG if a Ram
acquires 4 points of momentum during its ramming move, and promotes
on completion of that move, must the promoted piece wait for its four
moves, or can it move immediately?
>>>>> "Colin" == Colin Paul Adams <colin@...> writes:Colin> Two months ago, my wife (who is Chinese, and doesn't read
Colin> kana), showed me an article about Tenjiku Shogi. We have
Colin> finally managed to finish translating it.
I'm surprised that no-one noticed the date of this email of mine.
Subtract 2 months and you might understand a bit more about the
Does anyone have any high-quality images (preferably vector graphics)
of Chu Shogi pieces?