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There are eight kind of pieces in Shogi. Six of them can promote and change its move.
Following is a table of the pieces with their Japanese representations and English equivalents. The abbreviations are used for game notation and often to refer to the pieces in speech in Japanese.
|龍王||ryūō||dragon king||+R||龍 or 竜*||ryū|
|龍馬||ryūma or ryūme||dragon horse||+B||馬||uma|
|Promoted silver||成銀||narigin||promoted silver||+S||(全)||—|
|Promoted knight||成桂||narikei||promoted cassia||+N||(圭 or 今)||—|
|Promoted lance||成香||narikyō||promoted incense||+L||(杏 or 仝)||—|
|と金||tokin||reaches gold||+p||と (or 个)||to|
* The kanji 竜 is a simplified form of 龍.