From: Sam Sloan ISHIPRESS COM>
Date: 29 sep 2002
Subject: Is there a PGN Equivalent for Shogi??
Is there a PGN Equivalent for Shogi??
For chess, a "Programmable Game Notation" has been developed. The way this
works is that any chess game rendered in PGN notation can be replayed on
almost every chess computer program. All you have to do is copy and paste a
game in PGN into any chess database program such as in ChessBase for
example, and the game will play over itself. http://www.chessbase.com
It would be very useful for Shogi to have this, because then when a game is
posted here, I could just copy, and paste it and play it over. In shogi,
because the board is bigger and the notation is harder to follow, this
would be even more useful than it is in chess.
I know that I would study shogi a lot more and take an interest in
improving my game if PGN were available for shogi. I am sure than many more
Europeans and Americans would take up and study shogi if this were available.
Going further, I would say that there is nothing that would do more to
popularize shogi than this.
Sam Sloan
Here is a sample chess game in PGN Notation. It is the most famous game
played by a famous chess grandmaster who just died.
[Event "USSR Semi-finals Ch."]
[Site "USSR"]
[Date "1973.??.??"]
[White "Bagirov,V"]
[Black "Gufeld,E"]
[Result "0-1"]
[ECO "A40"]
1.d4 g6 2.c4 Bg7 3.Nc3 d6 4.e4 Nf6 5.f3 O-O 6.Be3 Nc6
7.Nge2 Rb8 8.Qd2 a6 9.Bh6 b5 10.h4 e5 11.Bxg7 Kxg7 12.h5
Kh8 13.Nd5 bxc4 14.hxg6 fxg6 15.Qh6 Nh5 16.g4 Rxb2 17.gxh5
g5 18.Rg1 g4 19.O-O-O Rxa2 20.Nef4 exf4 21.Nxf4 Rxf4
22.Qxf4 c3 23.Bc4 Ra3 24.fxg4 Nb4 25.Kb1 Be6 26.Bxe6 Nd3
27.Qf7 Qb8+ 28.Bb3 Rxb3+ 29.Kc2 Nb4+ 30.Kxb3 Nd5+ 31.Kc2
Qb2+ 32.Kd3 Qb5+ 0-1