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Lance. Moves one or more squares straight forward.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-03-27 UTC
This piece does indeed have connection with the Rook - it occupies the corners of the board, as the Rook does elsewhere, and both pieces' Shogi names refer to the Rook's origin representing a chariot. Given that link, it is strange that it gets called a Lance. Rooks (in any sense) don't have lances, knights do. I could understand if they'd called the next piece along a Lance - although to avoid confusion I avoid calling any piece Lance.