I've read the rules of Shogi, but have no board and nowhere to play it, so I've never actually played a game. I am, however, infatuated by Go, which is older than either chess or shogi. Unless I'm mistaken, Go was the first to use the kyu/dan system, starting with Honinbo Sansa, though my books aren't in front of me. The amateur ranks go to 7th dan, and it's said that an amateur 7 dan is equal to a professional shodan... you can get on the online server and learn the rules (as well as buy a board and helping books) at http://www.kiseido.com
. If you see someone on the server named Nick, say hey to me :-).
Back to shogi-- heard of it, roughly know the rules, and would like to learn to play it...
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