Nov 3, 2010

How to use "Chess Cloid" - Game Clock App for Android -


This manual is mainly for Version 1.3.1.

After installing "Chess Cloid" app, find Chess Cloid icon and tap it.

1. Homepage

- "Reset" button
Reset Main Time to default value which is set on Settings page.

- "Settings" button
Go to Settings page.

- Start button (Invisible)

Time counting starts.
If you tap right area, left side count starts.
If you tap left area, right side count starts.

Go to Counting page.

2. Settings page

Items shown below can be changed on Settings page.

5 rules can be selected:

Fisher / Bronstein / Simple Delay / Hour Glass / Japanese Byo-Yomi

If you want to know the details of these rules, please refer to "Game clock - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia".

-Main Time (minute)
1, 2, 3, ..., 9, 10, 15, 20, 25, ..., 85, 90 mins.

-Delay (second. Used only Fisher, Bronstein, and Simple Delay)
5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 seconds.

-Byo-Yomi (second. Used only Japanese Byo-Yomi)
5, 10, 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 seconds.

-Sound Setting
There are two types of Sound Effect options.

(1) When Player Switches
If the setting is ON, a SE plays when player taps and turn changes.

(2) Final Countdown
If the setting is ON, a SE plays when the remaining time is 60sec, 30sec, 20sec, and last 10 seconds.

-Move Count
You can select "Show each players count" or "Show sum of 2 players count".

-Show each players count

-Show sum of 2 players count

3. Menu page

Press Menu button on device to open Background / Bar Color / Text Color Setting Menu.

-Background (Wallpaper) Setting

Values are as follows:

-Picture in Device
You can select a picture in your device (SD card) as a background.

Below is an example.

IGN: Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Artworks (X360) 2906451

Picture can be changed to another one by tapping "Picture in Device" again.

-Black / White
-White / Black

-Bar Color Setting
Values are as follows:





Bar color becomes transparent automatically while background setting is "Picture in Device".

-Text Color Setting
Values are Gray / White / Black / Red / Green / Blue.

4. Counting page

Counting page shows only Main Time.
(If rule is "Japanese Byo-Yomi", Byo-Yomi Time also appears after finishing Main Time.)

-Turn Change Button (Invisible)

When right side time is counting, tap right side area to change turn.
(tapping left side area makes nothing.)

When left side time is counting, tap left side area as well.

-Pause button (or Back button on device)
Pause counting and go back to homepage.

Enjoy fighting any kind of board game!

Oct 12, 2009

Ryuo-sen final tournament Jun. 2007


Makoto Tobe (4dan at that time, 5dan now), black, selected Ishida-ryu + Mino castle, while Yuusuke Ina (5dan at that time, 6dan now) aimed Ginkanmuri (Silver Crown).
Black initiated a attack early.

You can see a lot of kifus on the Ryuo-sen's website.

Oct 3, 2009

Amateur Meijin-sen Tournament Final Sep. 14, 2009


Amateur Meijin-sen Tournament Final was held on Sep. 14, 2009.
Yamazaki (White) selected Ishida-ryu opening.
He showed beautiful "Sabaki" (disposing of pieces) of major pieces (rook and bishop), and eventually he won the game.

Sep 22, 2009

Kintetsu Shogi Festival August 13, 2009


A commenmorative match, Kubo (Kiou) VS Itodani (5 dan) was held at Kintetsu department store.

Kubo selected Ishida-ryu (P-7e on 3rd move), and eventually he won the game.

You can see a lot of kifus on the festival's website.

Jul 16, 2009

Mynavi Women's Open July 15, 2009


Yauchi (Queen) won the 3rd game of Queen title match and she defended the title.

Iwane selected thirdfilerook opening, and then she advanced the formation into Ishida-ryu.
She was just one step away from winning... , which means she missed mate on the endgame!

You can see detail commentary of the game on the sites below.

Jul 15, 2009

Actual Fight of Ishida-Ryu on July 14, 2009


Toyoshima (5dan) used Ishida-Ryu at the tournament finals in Ryuo-sen yesterday, and he won.
Take a look at the game record below.
You can also see the record on the Ryuo-sen site (Unfortunately This site is in Japanese).

Jul 8, 2009

Classic Ishida-Ryu


Let me introduce "Ishida-Ryu" from this entry.

At first, I introduce "Classic Ishida-Ryu". This name is not official, but given by myself.

Classic Ishida-Ryu is one of the Ishida-ryu formation which Bishop is on 9g (Figure 1).
This Ishida-ryu is used since early times.
The formation is well-balanced defence and offence, and therefore beautiful.

However, Classic Ishida-Ryu is not often used in recent years.
The reasons are as follows:

1. Rook Pawn
Static Rook tend to move Rook Pawn to 8e instantly (Figure 2), which makes third file rook move B-7g compulsory.

2. Climbing Gold
There is a overwhelming odds for classic Ishida-Ryu, that is "Boukin" (Climbing Gold. I will introduce this tactics in future entry). If Ishida-Ryu moves Bishop to 9g too early, Static Rook aims Climbing Gold. So Ishida ryu had better keep Bishop on 8h until Static Rook shows his tactics - Climbing Gold or slow game. If Static Rook move right Gold to 5b or 5a that means slow game (such as Bear-in-the-Hole), then you can move Bishop to 9g.

3. Tough Fight against Static Rook's Slow game
Unfortunately, the winning percentage of Classic Ishida-Ryu against Static Rook's slow game is not good (under .500 probably) at the moment in professional shogi world.

I hope a good Classic Ishida-ryu Joseki which leads the position against Static Rook is found by professional players.

Take a look at an example below: