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, also known as japanese chess, is a two-player strategy board game in the same family as western chess, chaturanga, makruk, shatranj and xiangqi, and is the most popular of a family of chess variants native to japan. shōgi means general's (shō 将) board game (gi 棋). the earliest predecessor of the game, chaturanga, originated in india in the 6th century, c.e. , and sometime in the 10th to 12th centuries chinese chess, xiangqi, was brought to japan where it spawned a number of variants.