Initial positionShogi is an important Japanese chess variant, with a totally different character than western Chess. The most obvious differences are the pawn, that captures as it goes: straight forward, and the fact that captured pieces may like paratroopers be re-entered for the captor's side. The pieces therefore have a uniform color, whereby ownership is determined by their orientation.

Seasoned players are of course totally familiar with the Japanese symbols for distinguishing pieces, but beginning players may profit from the westernized symbols used in the MindSports applet.