Saturday, 2 October 2021

Shogi Explorer 1.2.0 for Windows, macOS and Linux

Shogi Explorer is a new cross-platform desktop application. My aim is to provide a tool for new Shogi players to analyse Shogi game records, downloaded from popular sites like http://www.81dojo.com/, using one of the many excellent Shogi engines and learn from their mistakes. In the future I will add features to allow players to develop opening repertoires to use against their opponents. Human vs engine play is planned as well.

Pro Tip: after the analysis has finished select a line in the analysis table and view the principle variation on the board using the LEFT and RIGHT arrow keys.

Windows, macOS and Linux programs can be downloaded here. The download area also contains a zip file with Windows, macOS and Linux executables for a powerful Shogi engine. The Linux version was built on Ubuntu 20.04.

All versions of Shogi Explorer require a Java 11 runtime to be installed prior to use. I recommend OpenJDK 11 available here: https://adoptium.net/. When installing the Adoptium OpenJDK on Windows please enable the option to install registry keys.

The Linux version can be started from the command line:

    java -jar ShogiExplorer-1.2.0.jar

If you would like to contribute towards the development of Shogi Explore you can donate.


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