21st century Tenjiku Shogi and other Shogi variants Tutor

Tenjiku rules plus a few ideas for beginners and hints and tips for all players.

Here are a players pieces set up for play, a frightening array of terrifying monsters.

Have a look at the rules and playing tips before trying your first game (probably on the PBeM server). Details about the notation system are given below.

About the Tenjiku Notation

This site will now use the PBeM representation.
All other sources (bar Wikipedia and Richards PBeM server) use TSA rules. My personal choice would have been to use the Wikipedia system, all upper case, but this still has conflicts with piece names in other shogi variations.

Representing promoted pieces
Promoted pieces are written as the un-promoted rank preceded by a plus sign. So a promoted Dragon King would be shown as +DK and not SE (in any form).
TSA (Shogi Association) uses new piece legends for pieces introduced for the first time after promotion. eg. a promoted Chariot Soldier (+Ch) becomes HT (Heavenly Tetrarch)

How moves are represented:
Piece [departure] action destination [action] [result] e.g.
BG-8k the BG moves to 8k
BGx8k the BG captures a piece on 8k
DK-4d+ the DK moves to 4d and promotes
Ch9hx5d= the Ch on 9h captures the piece on 5d and does not promote
WBx6c* the WB captures the piece on 6c then burns itself
+Chx3e! the +Ch captures the piece on 3e without moving
SEx4j-5i the SE captures the piece on 4j then moves to 5i

Fire Demon, notation for burning pieces.
The common method is to list squares on which the pieces are burnt. This seems unwieldy, for example
The method recommended on this site is to use ! followed by the number of pieces burned (if greater than one). The above move would then become Fix5nx!6 and if the example had been Fi-2gx!3f that would become Fi-2gx!. This seems far more practical when using a notation while playing over the board or even typing or sending a move.

Games shown before Oct 2005 uses TSA piece names.

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