From: "Randal J. Andrews" IX NETCOM COM>
Date: 14 jan 1996
Subject: Re: International game notation
>..., but please let me know your educated opinions [on an
>international standard for shogi game notation] (or uneducated, for
>that matter).
Do you mean one notation for everyone including the players in Japan or
just for players outside of Japan? I like the notation used in "Shogi"
magazine and the books "Shogi for Beginners" and "Better Moves for
Better Shogi". It is also the notation used for the shogi-L archives. I
still prefer to use English names for pieces and the letters a thru i
for the ranks. I've learned the Japanese names for the pieces, but
since 4 pieces begin with "K" and 2 with "G" most pieces would require
a two letter abbreviation. Therefore, I prefer the English
abbreviations: K,G,S,N,L,B,R,P. Using arabic numerals for both the
ranks and files would be okay, but it sure looks strange: P-76, P-34
etc. Second choice would be for a strict numeric notation similar to
International Correspondence Chess notation. Every move could be
described with a 4 or 5 digit number of the format square from and
square to. Also, when necessary, 0 for no promotion or 1 for
promotion, and if the promotion is forced can be omitted. Examples,
P-7f becomes 7776 B2bx8h+ becomes 22881 and L9i-9a+ is 9991. Drops
are trickier. Each piece is given a number R=10, B=20, G=30, S=40,
N=50, L=60 and P=70. A drop move has the format: piece number and
square dropped on. Example, R'8a is 1081. This last notation is
particularly suited as a genuine international notation usable by
everyone since it eliminates language abbrevations and strange
alphabets. Also, everyone is equally likely to resist it! G4i-5h has a
colorful "look" about it whereas 4958 seems too "blunt".