Welcome to the United States Shogi Federation!

About

While not the most popular game in the USA, this exciting, traditional strategy game from Japan has had fans from the United States since the early 1990s! We wanted to bring some of that excitement into the modern day, make it easier for experienced players to find each other, and offer new players and interested prospects an easy way to find shogi clubs and events in their local area. While not an official organization, we hope our efforts can help ease communication and make games more accessible to everyone.

Scroll down or use the links at the top to find a club, see the latest information, or learn more about shogi!

Find a local club!

Below are the websites and contact info for the various shogi groups throughout the US. Click on the interactive map to see info on all the clubs in that state or check below for a complete list.

United States of America: States, federal district, and territories Alaska Hawaii Alabama Arkansas Arizona California Colorado Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia Iowa Idaho Illinois Indiana Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Massachusetts Maryland Maine Michigan Minnesota Missouri Mississippi Montana North Carolina North Dakota Nebaska New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico Nevada New York Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Virginia Vermont Washington Wisconsin West Virginia Wyoming Washington, D. C.

Tournaments

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Upcoming

2024 West Coast Tournament (TBA)

World Shogi League

The 2024 WSL season has begun! Come root for our USA teams at https://81dojo.com/wsl/!

Latest Tournament Results

The last major tournament was the 2024 US Championship in Los Angeles, held on March 16th and 17th.

See the complete results from the latest tournaments at this link

Learn

What is Shogi?

Literally, the "General's Game" (or "Game of Generals"), shogi, is a two-player Japanese strategy board game. Similar to the Western game of chess, the object of the game is to capture (checkmate) the opponent's king. Like the game of chess, shogi's origins are tied to the ancient Indian game of chaturanga. Although it's not clear when shogi was born, it's believed that chaturanga (or a version of it) made its way to Japan from India, either through China and then Korea or thorugh Southeast Asia during the Nara Era (710 - 794), and then inspired an early version of shogi popular during the Heian Era (794 - 1185). The oldest shogi pieces that have been discovered to day (a set of 16) date back to around 1058. While it has changed quite a bit since then, some people consider shogi to be not merely a game, but a traditional piece of Japanese culture, an artform like haiku and tea ceremonies.

Shogi is often referred to as "Japanese chess", but it is no mere variation, and there are a few key differences that set the games far apart in complexity and strategy. One major rule is that nearly every piece has a "promoted" version with an alternate moveset, allowing unique angles of attack. The second is that captured pieces can be "dropped" back onto the board, meaning every piece is always in play! This makes calculating many moves ahead a greater challenge and means that very few games ever reach a draw.

How to Play

There are many guidebooks online and in print, but one of the easiest places to start is with lishogi.org's learn page. It provides an interactive board and puzzles aimed at teaching the basic mechanics of the game. You can also use the settings icon in the upper right to change the piece styles if you have trouble remembering the kanji or prefer a different font.

Strategies and Tactics

Once you've learned the basic rules, you can jump right in and start playing or, if you'd like to get more information on strategies, check out some of the below videos and guides:

Let's Play!

If you're having trouble finding a club in your area, there are several websites and apps where you can play shogi with other players online. Descriptions of a few better-known sites are included below.

Shogi Streamers

In the age of the Internet, streaming games live and uploading recordings has become a popular hobby, and shogi is one such game! Find your new favorite shogi streamer below!