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The Chess Variant Pages

Chu Shogi pictures

Below are some pictures of a board and pieces for Chu Shogi, a large shogi variant played without drops. The set was acquired in 1985 from George Hodges, and is still available from him (see contact information below).

The board is vinyl, about 20.625 x 19 inches (52.4 x 48.3 cm). The playing surface is approximately 17 x 15.5 inches (43.2 x 39.4 cm). The pieces are a dense yellow plastic, with the unpromoted rank written in black, and the promotion rank also written in black, in a cursive style. The Osho (King) is about 1.25 inches (3 cm) long.

The photos were taken with a Nikon COOLPIX 2000 digital camera.

Chu Shogi: setup Chu Shogi: player's eye view Chu Shogi: all pieces Chu Shogi: close up of Osho (king) and Fuhyo (pawn)


A price list of Shogi variant sets and books, as well as other shogi equipment can be obtained from

George Hodges
P.O. Box 77
Kent BR1 4ZG

or by email at:

Written by John Lawson.
WWW page created: October 26, 2002.