The World's Smallest Shogi Variant ©1998 -2000 by Georg Dunkel
(This is the old version 2.1. and I prefer to play with new version3.0)

Rules of Nana Shogi
Pieces and Moves
Nana Shogin säännöt
Merkkien selitykset ja siirrot

Nana pieces made by Michael Sandeman

One game (old version) for example:

Start position. - the board is empty. -all pieces are in hands:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

1. K*2c
Black drops his King. There was 8 squares to choose:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

2. K*2a
White drops his King. There was 3 squares to choose and W: got symmetrical position:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

3. Sw*3b
Black drops his Rook as Swallow's Wings. There is possible to choose value of pieces in hand:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

4. B*3a
White drops his Bishop.Only 1a and 3a were safe squares:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

5. D*3c
Black drops his Bishop as Dog. (other safe Swx3a=Gb or D*1b)
Now B: has all his pieces on board, so next time one can try to mate:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

6. C*1a
White drop his Rook as Chariot. 1a was only safe square to drop.
Also W: has all pieces on board:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

7. Swx3a=Gb
Black captures with Swallow's Wings and the piece's value changes to Go-between:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

8. Kx3a
White's King captures the W:'s Go-between.
The status is changed: -now B: has two Bishop pieces and W: has two Rook pieces:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

9. D*1b
Black draps the second Dog:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

10. Cx1b=Sw
White changes the pieces. (if W: tries to defend with K-2a, 11).D-3b=B the King must go back to 3a..). :

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

11. Kx1b
Black's natural move:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

12. D*2a
White drops Dog to 2a. Perhaps the idea is to go ahead to middle of board and to hang over B:'s Dog, or just have control of it:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

13. Sw*1a(!)
Black's great move! Now Swallow's Wings binds up W:'s Dog:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

14. Gb*3b
White has big problem. -Dog and King are bound up, and there was only bad squares to drop the rook piece:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

15. Dx3b=B
Black captures with Dog and will soon win extra piece:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

16. Kx3b
White's only possibility to move:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

17. Swx2a=Gb
Here we are, B: has now tree pieces and W: only one, but still nana shogi requires good compositions to make mate:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

18. K-3a
White keeps his only piece in hand and so tries to make difficult B:'s plans:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

19. R*1a
Black seems to construct exposure check for White....:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

20. K-3b
...and White has to escape immediate:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

21. Gb-2b=R
still Black forces W: to distress:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

22. K-3c
White can only escape:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

23. R-3a=C (check)
This move seems like needless sacrifice, because...:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

24. Tg*3b
This move prevents check and even hangs over B:'s Chariot:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

25. B*2a
...but Black has a great composition...:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

26. Tgx3a=Cs
White captures with Tg, but unfortunately it's late, because:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black

27. R-3b=C (checkmate).
Black hasn't any pieces in his hand so checkmate is the fact:

3 2 1 white
a
b
c
black


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