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762
# of Players
2
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2 players
Recommended with 2 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
8 and up
Playing Time
60 minutes
User Suggested Ages
6 and up
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Language Dependence
No necessary in-game text
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Primary Name
Xiangqi
Alternate Names
Asia Chess
Chinees Schaak
Chinese Chess
Chinesisches Schach
Cờ Tướng
Elephant Chess
Elephant Game
Hsiang Ch'i
Kiinalainen šakki
Kinesisk schack
Kinesisk Skak
Pocket Magnetic Chinese Chess
Shang Chi
Shiang Chi
Shong Chee
xiàng qí
Китайские шахматы
Сянци
中國象棋 Chinese Chess
磁力 中國象棋
象棋
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XiangQi is one of the most played board games in the world. Translated loosely as "elephant game", the name of XiangQi may have first been recorded in Songs of Chu during the 4th century BC of early China; in the state of Qi during the Warring State Period, the name "XiangQi" meant ivory Liubo pieces, not modern XiangQi played by Chinese. The modern Xiangqi set dates back to the Tang dynasty.

Based closely on ancient Chinese military strategy, XiangQi draws comparisons to European Chess, and indeed, both are descended from the ancient Indian game of Chaturanga.

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XiangQi, commonly referred to in English as "Chinese Chess", is played with 32 pieces (16 per player) on a board that is 9 lines wide and 10 lines long. As in the game of Go, the game is played on the intersections of the game board. The area of play is divided into two territories by a river in the middle of game board. In each territory there is a 3 line by 3 line palace, in which each player's respective General/Marshal is located. The object of the game is to capture the opponents's General/Marshal.

The pieces on both sides and their movements & special rules are:

  • 1 General: 1 Point orthogonally within the palace only. Not allowed to ‘see’ the enemy General on an open file.
  • 2 Advisors: 1 point diagonally within the palace only.
  • 2 Chariots: Any distance orthogonally.
  • 2 Cannons: Moves like a Chariot. To capture, it must first leap over an intervening piece of either color.
  • 2 Horses: 1 point orthogonally, then one point diagonally.
  • 2 Elephants / Ministers: 2 points diagonally. Cannot cross the river.
  • 5 Soldiers: 1 point straight forward. Once across the river, can also move 1 point sideways instead.

Pieces capture as they move and never jump. The only exception (for both rules) apply to the cannon.

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The price of the game varies depending on the material used in the game. Inexpensive sets are usually made with plastic or low-grade wooden pieces and a paper gameboard. Expensive sets are usually made with jade or high-grade wooden pieces and a wooden gameboard.

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Chinese Chess
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Carlton Books Chinese Chess Pack edition
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Year: 2002
Size: 11.50 x 8.78 x 1.69 inches
1.25 pounds
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Release Date: Oct 28, 2002
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Elephant Chess Club Internationalized edition
Publisher: The Elephant Chess Club
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Year: 1997
Size: 16.00 x 11.00 x 2.50 inches
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Miao Trading Company edition 1986
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中國象棋 Chinese Chess
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蜻蜓牌 Dragon-Fly Hardwood Edition
Publisher: 蜻蜓牌 Dragon-Fly
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Product Code: No. 723
Size: 7.25 x 7.25 x 1.50 inches
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2 Lapppi's XiangQi board for Artscow
This file is the same as the first, except that it has been lightened somewhat in order to print a little better. This second version is actually what is in place at the Artscow project link. The original file printed to my satisfaction, but some may prefer it less dark.
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2013-08-20
3 XiangQi tablero y piezas (esp)
Tablero y piezas (con su nombre) en español Printable xiangqi spanish
Spanish
2012-01-25
9 Xiang Qi board (colour, bamboo background)
A4, 300dpi. Colour with a nice bamboo background.
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2010-03-25
14 Printable Xiang Qi and Jangki sets
Permission to be freely distributable if not changed
English
2009-03-16
28 Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) Rules
A nicely formatted, colour bifold guide to the pieces and basic rules of Xiang Qi from ancientchess.com
2008-07-21
3 XiangQi - Cyberboard Version by Rob Robinson (zombiegod)
Cyberboard version with Scenario File. [imageid=339603 medium]
English
2008-06-04
15 Xiang Qi
Xiang Qi, by Damian Walker. Traditional Board Game Series, Leaflet #16 (second edition).
2006-11-25
8 Xiangqi - Reglamento.pdf
Reglas en español (spanish game rules)
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25 printable_XiangQi.pdf
A Printable Xiang Qi board and Pieces
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Xiangqi rules and player aid
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Board Game Rank: 682
Abstract Games Rank: 24
Num Ratings: 1288
Average Rating: 7.18
Standard Deviation: 1.56
Num Views: 94663
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Personal Comments: 443
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