Better Moves for Better Shogi Paperback – 3 Apr 2009
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About the Author
Aono Teruichi is a 9-dan player of shogi, which is Japanese chess. He lives in Tokyo.
Aono Teruichi is an 8-dan professional shogi player and director of the Japan Shogi Association in Tokyo.
Top customer reviews
Having got that out of the way, I largely agree with the previous reviewer. I have had a copy of this book on my shelf since 1992 and refer to it frequently - it is without doubt one of the best books on Shogi in English, if this is a re-issue, it is long overdue - I wonder if it is printed 'back-to-front' like the original?
To be specific, I think this is one of the 5 best books in English about Shogi. The other four are:
Shogi for Beginners by John Fairbairn (SFB)
The Art of Shogi by Tony Hosking (TAOS)
4 Great Games - also by Tony Hosking (4GG)
Guide to Shogi Openings - Teruichi Aono (GTSO)
SFB does exactly what it says on the tin - introduces Shogi to beginners. I have two copies of this excellent book, one to take away on holiday, and one for my bookshelf. I did have three copies but I lost one in Oslo airport a few years ago! SFB is available in paper on Amazon. John Fairbairn has also written books about Go, some of which are available for the Kindle.
TAOS is another comprehensive description of Shogi covering the same material as in SFB but in more detail.
4GG is a survey of Shogi, Chess, Go (Wei-Chi) and Chinese Chess (Xiang-Chi), a fascinating book for board game saddos like me!
GTSO is a parallel-text study of Shogi joseki and openings presented as a series of problems. Major
openings covered include Climbing Silver, Side Pawn, King's Head Vanguard Pawn, Fortress,
etc. The book is now out of print and difficult to find - it is a seriously good book about Shogi.
I have finally acquired a pristine original copy of the out-of-print Guide to Shogi Openings! Time for this to be republished too, I think, though I have recently become aware of a CD and loose-leaf version which I believe are available from a supplier in the UK.
It is divided into several sections dealing with different tesuji (tactics) and phases of the game. It's a large book too. There are diagrams throughout.
All skill levels, bar maybe those under 12-y/o and professionals (maybe!), will find much to learn here. If you're a Shogi player, this book in time will greatly improve your play. I bought a copy many years ago and I still return to it.
The authors also wrote a book on openings, but atm it's oop, unfortunately.
If you want to play Shogi online, come and join us on 81dojo (in English and Japanese).
Most helpful customer reviews on Amazon.com
I was very happy to come across this book. It is the only one I've found in English that covers substantially more than just how to move the pieces. The format took a little getting used to but became quite comfortable after I worked with it for some time. The book is a collection of lectures by a Japanese 9-Dan written in Japanese for Japanese players. The bottom of each page has an English translation of the game score and/or notes for that page.
I have worked through chapters 1, 2, and 4, and I am already satisfied with the return for my investment of time and money on this book. The first chapter treats "shape" (what we chess players call position) and how to evaluate it, and Chapters 2 and 4 treat different aspects of pawn play. For chess players: the introduction to Chapter 2 reads like it was written by Philidor ("The pawn is the soul of [Shogi]"). In my opinion, the author does a very creditable job of explaining how pawns create the conditions for attack and defense in the game. Chapters 2 and 4 alone are worth the price of the book.
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