YÅkaï no Mori contains two simpler versions of ShÅgi to introduce the game to new players and youngsters. In ''DÅbutsu ShÅgi, which means "animal shogi", each player has only four pieces – chick, giraffe, elephant and lion – and they're trying to either catch the opponent's lion or move their own lion to the opposite side of the game board. The board is just 3×4 squares, so the game is rather short. As for how to play: The giraffe moves one space orthogonally. The elephant moves one space diagonally. The chick is directly analogous to the pawn/soldier of ShÅgi and can be promoted to a full-grown chicken, equivalent to the gold general in Shogi. The lion is analogous to a king in Chess, except that he can win through promotion as long as it doesn't leave him in check. Even on this 3×4 board, you are still able to drop in pieces that you captured from your opponent! Unlike in ShÅgi, you can drop a chick for mate or have two chicks in a column. Goro-Goro DÅbutsu ShÅgi has a larger 5×6 game board with each player having eight pieces (3 chicks, 2 giraffes, 2 elephants and 1 lion). The game also adds more rules from the full ShÅgi game, in particular: You win only by capturing your opponent's lion, not by reaching the opposite side of the game board. You can't have two of your own chicks in the same column/file. You can't drop a chick for mate. The Japan Shogi Association created the rules for Goro-Goro DÅbutsu ShÅgi in order for players to learn important concepts in ShÅgi, such as how to handle the generals effectively, why pawn promotion is so important, and how to mate the opponent's king with successive piece drops.
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