I like how my chess ability has transferred to shogi just enough to usually be able to play the first few moves correctly. Also finding sacs and calculating long variations.
OTOH I totally don't understand castles (I mean I get the defensive idea but like, why are certain castles better than others? What makes a castle good? etc), and I don't understand pawns *at all* (in chess, the pawn structure is the skeleton of the position and changes are much more permanent).
re: shogi, chess
OTOH when I was new to tournament chess play I was struggling to figure out when to castle because it felt like a "waste" move and like I had much more to do elsewhere. I'd basically castle because that's what I was told to do.
So I'm guessing if I get better at shogi I'll get the intuition for those things. But it's very weird to be a beginner at a game and already have such an uneven skill/understanding profile.
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