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What is interesting about shogi?

The same originated in India and became chess in the West and shogi in Japan.
By moving the various shogipie ces, each of which has its own rules of advance, a player seeks to attack his opponent's camp (jin) and ultimately to capture its king piece (osho).
Therefore, the movement of pieces and rules are similar to those of chess, but one characteristic peculiar to shogi is that a player can reuse captured pieces as his or her own.
This rule of shogi often generates exciting moments toward the end, with fewer tied games than chess.