- Thinking Aloud: Shogi is Essentially a Language
- Where to Get Japanese Audiobooks (Including HABU Yoshiharu’s)
- The Habu Yoshi Books
- What Shogi [Japanese Chess] Can Teach You About Languages, Learning and Life
- Why Everything Is Everything: Jeff Hawkins On Intelligence (With Apologies to Lauryn Hill)
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 1: The Ludic Fallacy
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 4: Don’t Overthink It
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 3: From Mutually Assured Destruction to Self-Assured Victory
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 2: Never Perfection, Always Improvement
- HABU Yoshiharu’s “The Big Picture”, Part 5: Why You’re Wrong to Have Intermediate Angst
It’s a set of symbols and patterns…
Experienced chess players (of all variants) can easily recall, produce and communicate in “words” and “phrases” — chunks and patterns of legal moves and board positions.
But they can’t remember gibberish (i.e. random arrangements of pieces that could never constitute real/possible/legal gameplay) any better than chess noobs.
So it could be that because the same human hardware — “neurocognitive architecture” — implements (creates and uses) both languages and shogi, the similarity is more a case of myelin-sheathing hammers making everything look like nails, rather than everything actually being nails.
Also, check out Dan Coyle’s “The Talent Code” for more on myelination.