From: Pieter Stouten EMBL BITNET>
Date: 17 jun 1990
Subject: Algebraic Shogi Notation (skip the rest of this mail; not
>From: EMBL::STOUTEN "Pieter Stouten" 24-APR-1990 18:06:39.12
To: STOUTEN
CC: STOUTEN
Subj: reply to Terry Asher @Drake
Hi Terry,
Since everything about this network shogi started before we knew it, we
made some ad-hoc decisions. The board and pieces were a bad choice: small
letters and capitals are not different enough in complicated situations.
Therefore the board given below is in use now. Hope you don't mind.
You can print the whole stack or parts of it with the commands under the
File Menu. The default setting of the Shogi stack is that the Menu Bar is
invisible. You can change that by pressing +
at the same time and you'll have your menus.
I know algebraic notation. There is only one problem. In order to indicate
drops you need to give the name of the piece. This renders the beautifully
consistent algebraic way useless.
A compromise would be the algebraic notation with the abbreviation of
the piece. If you then add a "x" instead of a "-" when a piece is captured
you have what is the standard "long Shogi notation". I am a bit conservative
with respect to introducing deviating notations. All these different chess
notations in use horrify me. And the English notation is the worst by far.
I am glad that we managed to have one Shogi notation system in Europe. Even
the French agreed to the system introduced by the Shogi Association in
England.
Bye, Pieter.