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Shogi is a traditional Japanese game originated in India. It came to Japan in the 8th century. It is quite similar to chess, but the difference is that a player can reuse captured pieces as his or her own.
Characters indicating rank and role, such as king or shogun, are written on the pieces. They are made of wood carved in an irregular pentagonal shape. Two opponents move their pieces on a board of 81 squares. Each player has 20 pieces. They move their pieces in turn and the first one to corner the opponent's king wins.
As with the game of go, shogi players are ranked by skill level. There are about a dozen major tournaments held each year.
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