Japanese chess

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Possible Answers: SHOGI.

Last seen on: LA Times Crossword 18 Feb 2018, Sunday

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Many basic tactics (手筋 tesuji, also translated as ‘clever move’) of shogi are similar to those of chess tactics, involving forks, pins, removing the defender and other techniques, all of which are considered very strong when used effectively.

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However, other tactics, particularly ones involving dropped pieces, have no parallel in western chess.

In general, shogi tactics are classified into two categories: (i) piece-related tesujis and (ii) opening/position-related tesujis.

A fork (両取り ryōtori) is a move that uses one piece to attack two or more of the opponent’s pieces simultaneously, with the aim to achieve material advantage, since the opponent can counter only one of the threats. Forks can, of course, be made by moving a piece to the forking position or by dropping a piece to the forking position.

Some forks have specific names in Japanese. A silver forking two pieces from behind is 割り打ちの銀 wariuchi no gin “silver stabbing-in-the-back”. A fork between a king and a rook is 王手飛車 (ōtebisha).

Japanese chess on Wikipedia