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Snapping shogi pieces is harder than it looks...especially on a crowded board. A noob is liable to cause massive destruction. But I've been practicing, and I'm getting better.
Here's a video to teach you the proper technique. (This is part of Hidetchi's series of shogi lessons for English speakers.)
Now that I think about it ; is that technically a legal move ?( In Chess)
Well, I'm not a tournament player, but as far as I can tell it's OK in chess (both USCF and FIDE rules) to first remove a captured piece from the board and then move the capturing piece to the now-vacant square, as long as it's all done with the same hand. In fact, I've seen this happen in videos of high-level tournaments. But I think it's much more common to use the "swoop-and-snatch" method.
You're right , they really to take a lot of care placing the pieces.
As for the capturing , some of the people I used to play chess with did it like that.
I'm going to look like such a gaijin if I dont' get this right!!
My first ever Japanese shogi friend used to really ''thwack '' down his pieces like that. I've always been hopeless at it , now I might be able to get it right.
I've seen videos where the snapping was not as "violent" as shown here. I've also noticed that after making a move, players generally make sure that the moved piece and surrounding pieces are carefully arranged on their respective squares; i.e., the bottom of the piece is placed near the bottom of the square.
I've also noticed that when making a capture, the opponent's piece is carefully removed first and then the square is occupied by the capturing piece. In other words, no moving and capturing in a single motion as in chess.
Hey Ami , you've done it again , this is great!
Keep em' coming .
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