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Chinese Chess: Xiangqi Chinese Board Game Reviews

Updated on December 31, 2010

Xiangqi Introduction, Story, Facts, Culture and History

The chinese chess is one of the most popular board game play by the chinese people around the world, it is very popular in asia countries like China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and many more. We called it 'Xiangqi' in chinese, its a type of tactical and skill board game that you need to use a lot of thinking and strategy to win the game. This game is about 2 chinese groups of chinese armies with different types of soldiers that have different types of fighting styles and skills, the most important thing that you need to do is to protect your generals from death.

I remember when I was a kid playing this board game everyday but I have to admit the elder people are much better in the game, I always called it 'Zhong Guo Xiangqi', which means China's Chinese Chess. Sometimes it takes 10 to 15 minitues for the elder people to think and make a move turn, this shows how seriously they are when they play Xiangqi. In this lens, I will show you more about Xiangqi and hopefully you guys can learn how to play it and play it during freetime at home.

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Xiangqi Wikipedia Article Introductions

Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

Xiangqi ( pinyin: Xiàngqí) is a two-player Chinese board game in the same family as Western chess, chaturanga, shogi, Indian chess and janggi. The present-day form of Xiangqi originated in China and is therefore commonly called Chinese chess in English.

The game represents a battle between two armies, with the object of capturing the enemy's "general" piece. Xiangqi is one of the most popular board games in China. Distinctive features of Xiangqi include the unique movement of the pao ("cannon") piece, a rule prohibiting the generals (similar to chess kings) from facing each other directly, and the river and palace board features, which restrict the movement of some pieces.

Besides China and areas with significant ethnic Chinese communities, Xiangqi is also a popular pastime in Vietnam.

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Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

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Chinese Chess, Xiangqi Board Game - Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

Xiangqi Chinese Chess Set with Folding Beechwood Veneer Board and Game Pieces
Xiangqi Chinese Chess Set with Folding Beechwood Veneer Board and Game Pieces

This is a folding Xiangqi where you can store all your army blocks inside your chess box after you play it, so it will not lose. This is one of the msot tradition types of Xiangqi design that is mainly sold in the chinese countires like China, Taiwan and many more.


Chinese Chess, Xiangqi Game Rule- How to play Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

If you know the rule of Xiangqi,it would be a fun game to play. Every different types of soldier in the board game have different moving styles so you need to learn their moving styles, you also need to know which soldiers can use to protect you general from getting killed which is a important strategy to master. Here are some of the the moving styles of different types of solider on Xiangqi.

General: The General can only stay inside the 9 box and move 1 step at a time, but it can jump straight to kill the opponent general if nobody stands in between the general. That will be a knockout move if your general jump to the other terriories.

Cannon: The cannon is a good army that you can use them to attack your opponent army. Although the cannon can move everywhere straight but a soldier have to stand in front of the cannon, if the cannon wants to attack the opponent behind the soldier.

Cars: Cars is a straight forward army that can move straight anywhere and ram on the army that is infront of him at any distance.

Normal Soldier: This soldier can only move a step at a time and it cannot retreat unless they pass the river to another territory.

Horse: Horse can move only L shape to attack its opponent, it will not be able to move L shape forward if anyone stand just one step infront of it.

Elephant: Elephant can only move sideways straight 2 steps and it will not be able to move if someone is blocking on the sideways of the elephant way. The Elephant cannot steps into the opponent's territores.

General Bodyguard: The general bodyguard are only allow to stay inside the 9 box to protect its general from getting attack. It can only move sideway one step inside the 9 box.

Remember that your general cannot be attack, if not you will lose the game. Take a look at this link with a more detail rules of Xiangqi.

Chinese Chess, Xiangqi iTunes Application Download

Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

This is a legal download application of Xiangqi game. You need to pay in order to get download but it is totally safe and legal, because it is downloaded at the Official Apple's Website

Now you can have a chance to play Xiangqi on your computer, iPhones or iPod now. Xiangqi is the game of skills and tactic that is different from a lot of other board games out there. Download Xiangqi Application Now

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Chinese Chess, Xiangqi Books - Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

Read and learn more about Xiangqi. Books like Ancient Xiangqi Introductions or Xiangqi Syllabus and many more!

Chinese Chess, Xiangqi Lesson - Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

These 2 videos splitted into 2 parts about Xiangqi, it will teach us some Xiangqi gameplay strategy to improve our game.

Chiness Chess, Xiangqi Board Games - Chinese Chess, Xiangqi

More Chinese Traditional Board Game, Xiangqi Board Games on Amazon. The game and rule is the same, the difference is just on the design.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Looks like a fun game, I can see why people would like to play it.

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      Delia 7 years ago

      sounds like an interesting game once you get the hang of it...nicely done lens.