Shogi Game, originally uploaded by Erik Anderson
My dad taught me chess at a young age. I haven't played a full game for many years, but I recently brought a board to work to set up endgame problems on my desk. I like to puzzle through them when I need a break, and a few of my coworkers have taken a crack at the solutions too.
- Promotion rules: nearly all pieces can be "upgraded," which makes promotion a major part of the strategy.
- Capture and drop: pieces you capture, instead of being permanently removed from play, can be returned to the board under your control.
- Quick endgame: it is much easier to put the king into checkmate, which can be one of the most frustrating and drawn-out parts of playing chess.