Lesson 3: Promotion
As discussed in the page about the Board, when any piece except the King and Gold General enters the opponent’s camp, the pieces have the option of flipping over and promoting. When a piece promotes, its moves change, and it cannot return to its unpromoted state until it is captured. Promotion can happen when a piece enters the opponent’s camp, moves inside the opponent’s camp, or leaves the opponent’s camp. A piece cannot promote without moving.
?? (tokin) – Achieved Gold
The Promoted Pawn moves as a Gold General.
?? (narikyou) – Promoted Incense
The Promoted Lance moves as a Gold General.
?? (narikei) – Promoted Cassia
The Promoted Knight moves as a Gold General.
?? (narigin) – Promoted Silver
The Promoted Silver moves as a Gold General.
?? (ryuuma) – Dragon Horse
The Horse (Promoted Bishop) moves like a bishop and can move one square forwards, backwards, and to the side.
?? (ryuuou) – Dragon King
The Dragon (Promoted Rook) moves like a rook and can move one square diagonally.