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June 17 practice match vs Milly

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Published on Jun 18, 2009

Alas another practice match to test my skills. This time I did my best not to do matta and try to do my best to do some good Shogi. Milly opening with 8d Pawn basically allows me to do Yagura but I initially ignored that and pushed my right silver to gain some ground, then I built Yagura. One thing I did that I need to do often is to always send my pieces with some support so if White decided to take a piece, I can always counterattack.

One neat thing I did in this match is doing some twin knight action. I always seem to have fun when I do this, but it is especially fun when it works. My first twin Knight is at 2:26 and the second time at 3:59. The second time I felt I could pull it off but with the Rook and Bishop guarding, I needed to get rid of them first. I bait the Bishop with a Silver drop fork and then dragged out the Rook some distance before unleashing twin knight again. With the knights being protected under my watchful pawns, all the White king could do is go to the head of the Knights and escape to e5 and be protected by the Rook which could go bad if not dealt properly. I felt this is what White wanted to do, so I needed to go after the King now. I figured I have good pieces to chase the king so I dropped my Bishop and checked the King. There were two ways I felt this could have gone. If the king escaped to 5e, I would drop a gold to 4e and win. The second thing if the king decided to run away the other way which is what happened on this match.

Even though my Shogi is improving, I still need to get better and become confident. I still lose a whole lot and do what I can to understand why I lost. Shogi is so great though. I love it and I will slowly learn new things as I go. :)

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