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Honorable Horse. Moves forward as a Knight.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2010-05-05 UTC
I wouldn't say that the Knight was lost from Shogi. It just got modified to better fit the main feature of the game, which is dropping. Dropping a Chess Knight can be a powerful move, forking up to eight different pieces. This can also quickly reduce the clarity of the game. The Shogi Knight can fork only two pieces, which increases the clarity of the game, and makes holding a Knight in hand less of a threat to the other player. Also, since drops are allowed, a Knight that moves only forward is still useful, because a captured Knight can be dropped on spaces it wouldn't otherwise be able to reach.