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The Rascal
United Kingdom
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10
Dec 2002*
More familiar under the name Xiang Qi (The Elephant Game), this first cousin to Western Chess is not only the board game played by more people on Earth than any other, but is one of the most enjoyable two-player games ever invented.

Whilst the Rook, Knight and Pawn have similar (with minor differences) moves to Western Chess, the King, Guard, Elephant and (especially) the Cannon are unique and, coupled with the restrictions of the "river" and "fortresses" on the board, make for a hugely enjoyable gaming experience, which is much more open and faster than conventional chess. Sets are available for a few pounds from any decent oriental emporium (China Town in London is a good source) or hone your skills by playing online.

I guarantee you will not regret learning to play Xiang Qi!
2002-12-29*
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Peter Donnelly
Canada
Comox Valley
British Columbia
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10
Jun 2003*
Probably the most popular board game in the world. Way more lively than international chess and doesn't require book knowledge to play reasonably well.
2003-06-27*
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andy cole
United Kingdom
southampton
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10
Feb 2005*
my all time fave..its the wing chun of chess..
beautiful! aj
2005-02-13*
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Kirk Lim
Hong Kong
Hong Kong
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10
Jun 2005*
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2012-11-20
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Daniel Danzer
Germany
Stuttgart
southwest
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10
Jan 2006*
Better than chess - faster, better balanced (without a "queen") and much more - fun. Simple rules and uncountable possibilities.

Playing it with pictures instead of the chinese symbols makes it easier in the beginning. You can paint it yourself on the back of the tiles.

And - it`s cheap! Or easy to build by yourself.

One of the most perfect games of all times!
2006-01-08*
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stefano carbone
Italy
genova
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10
Jun 2015
there is a castle, a siege, a river, chariots, elephants, horses... it's like a peter jackson's film about a chess match!
2006-09-30*
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Nello Cozzolino
United Kingdom
London
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10
Dec 2007*
I rediscovered ch. chess too late in my life i believe the mandarin writing on top of the pl. pieces did not help the game to get the international status --> deserved.....
watch out the cannon move -> something really different !
.....much more dynamic than the standard west. chess
2014-12-21
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Xi Bi
China
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10
Dec 2007*
Much better than the European version.
2007-12-25*
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Moshe Callen
Israel
Jerusalem
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10
Nov 2008*
Like the related game chess, this game is as close to being the ideal game as one can get.

This have the depth and infinite replayability of chess to which it is related. This too is pure strategy at its finest. Yet however similar in some ways, in others the board and pieces are different than Western chess.
2010-08-22
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won jung choi
South Korea
Seoul
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10
Oct 2010
가능
2011-04-17
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Yu-Tung Lin
Taiwan
Fresh Meadows
New York
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10
Oct 2010
The classic chinese chess.
What i can more about it.
JUST Go Play it !!!
2010-10-20
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Jeremy Freeman
United States
The Woodlands
United States
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10
Jan 2012
Game of Skill
2012-04-07
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k ks
South Korea
Georgia
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10
Oct 2011
교실
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2012-05-08
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Justin Case
United States
Greensboro
North Carolina
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10
Sep 2012
Tan.
2014-10-13
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Brian Huss
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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Sep 2012
As good as Western chess, for sure, if not better. If only I could figure out how to use and anticipate the canon . . .
2012-09-23
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John Doe
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10
Sep 2014
Like it more than regular chess.
2014-09-08
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David Poon
Canada
Vancouver
British Columbia
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9.6
Mar 2010
Computationally more complex than traditional chess, and almost purely offensive. A game that has stood the test of time.
2009-11-17
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Ralf Gering
Germany
Germany
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9.5
Dec 2005*
A very aggressive Chess variant which is fun to play and very deep at the same time.
2005-12-13*
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United States
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9.5
Mar 2007*
Supposedly, more than a billion people play this game. If so, Puerto Rico, eat your heart out! If international chess is a stately dance of death, then xiangqi is a barroom brawl. Xiangqi seems to be almost completely, and wonderfully, tactical. If there is any long-term strategy, it escapes me, although certain short-term strategic principles, like seizing ranks and files with rooks, obviously apply. On the other hand, I'm just a beginner, so you shouldn't take my word for it. Also note that the game tends to be somewhat drawish. As far as I can tell, about one-third of professional-level games end in a draw. For me, however, draws do not detract from the game at all. Because perpetual check and perpetual chasing (especially in the endgame) are sometimes difficult to adjudicate, I recommend the detailed rules available at the World Xiangqi Federation website: www.wxf.org. I don't really agree that this is a faster game than chess. It is subject to quite lengthy endgames. However, the endgames are very engaging ! Fun thing I've done: played kibitzer to the lively xiangqi games in Portsmouth Square in San Francisco. Fun thing I want to do: play a game of xiangqi by squatting on the ground over a paper board like they do in China.
2007-03-28*
United States
Minden
Nevada
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9.5
Jan 2012
It's rare for a board game to make your blood pump, but Xiangqi is simply a gripping experience. A truly magical, utterly immersive game.
2012-02-25
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one man
Taiwan
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9.5
Apr 2015
總分:9.5
國粹 不得不給高分
我幼稚園大班就會玩全盤棋 印象很深刻 還不放我表姊(大概20歲)走
一直要她陪我玩象棋
現在陪老爸下復健棋(怕他老人癡呆)
也開始教小孩(四、五歲)認識棋子符號
總之就是我最早玩的桌遊
2015-04-09
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Mark T. Edwards
United States
Unspecified
Connecticut
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9
Aug 2009*
Faster and more aggressive than Western chess.
2011-12-26
Nelson Lamoureux
Canada
Montreal
Québec
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9
Mar 2004*
By far, my favorite variation on the chess game. Faster, more agressive, more open, it's just so much better than western chess. Easy to learn and hard to master, it's a sure hit with anyone even remotely familiar with chess. Highly highly recommended.
2004-03-01*
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Sef V
United States
chicago
Illinois
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9
Aug 2004*
Great game, more fun than a regular game of chess.
2004-08-13*
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Ryan Stich
United States
Warner Robins
Georgia
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Sep 2004*
I love CHinese CHess. I rather dislike western chess. What's the difference? Less pieces, with more intricate relationships, maybe. less possible moves, less headache, but still the same challenge as western chess. Pieces are hard to recognize, especially since, (same with western chess) the characters may vary from one set to the next, and also from side to side.
2004-09-08*
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Benjamin Tsai
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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9
Nov 2004*
A timeless classic and great game. Personally I prefer it to International Chess, but that might have something to do with ego. =) Either way, both are great recreational games and shouldn't be enjoyed at the exclusion of the other.
2004-11-04*
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Daniel Wang
Norway
Oslo
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9
Oct 2005*
A fascinating Chess variant. An enormous amount of Chinese know how to play it, making Xiangqi the most played board game in the world. Particularly noteworthy is the cannon which moves like a rook but captures by jumping over a piece (whether your own or that of your opponent). The main drawback with the game is that it tends to be very drawish between equal players, the same sort of weakness that Western Chess struggles with. A considerable strength is that one does not need to rely too heavily on opening theory to play a good game. I prefer Shogi (Japanese Chess) over this game, but I prefer Xiangqi over Chess.

I bought a cheap paper set with wooden pieces (£4) at Village Games in Camden, London.
2005-10-01*
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Andrew Pidcock
Canada
Baie d'Urfe
Quebec
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9
Oct 2005*
Fantastic, far easier to "See" the battle than the more abstract western chess
2005-10-13*
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Paul McKinney
United States
Houston
Texas
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9
Oct 2005*
I believe that this chess variant is better than its western counterpart. Almost from the beginning one is thrown into a dynamic struggle due to the more open and tactical nature of the game as opposed to western chess which can bog down in lots of positional moves. Also Chinese Chess does not require you to have to learn a large opening repertoire just to make sure you stay even into the middle game. I've only played a handful of times but look forward to playing more to see if my enthusiasm is justified. I was going to start stuydying to try to become decent at Go but Chinese Chess seems to me just more fun. When learning, don't let having to know the Chinese characters for the pieces scare you off. After a short time learning the game you will get used to the characters and will have no problem telling what piece is what.
2005-10-30*
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Franklyn Cook
United States
Virginia Beach
Virginia
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9
Jan 2006*
This game ought to see more play in the West, but won't due to its use of Chinese writing on the pieces. As a game, it stands above much in its game-type.
2006-01-05*
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Scott Haag
United States
Northfield
Minnesota
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9
Jan 2006*
Neat varient on Chess, I like the cannon pieces and the trapped King.
2006-01-26*
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Elijah Lau
Singapore
Singapore
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9
Oct 2011
I find Chinese chess more interesting and challenging than Western chess, mainly because of the unique movement of the pieces and the more complex board (with its inclusion of the "river"). The "pao" add an interesting twist to the game, then you have pieces like the "xiang" that can't cross the river, the "shi" and the "Jiang" that are restricted to that small quadrant of the board and the "ma" whose "legs" can be blocked.
2006-11-08*
De Waey Joeri
Belgium
Oostende
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9
Apr 2006*
I like Chinese chess more than the Western one. It's faster and it has some limitations, what makes it sometimes more difficult than western chess.
2006-04-17*
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Dylan Kirk
Canada
Ottawa
Ontario
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9
Sep 2007*
I play this whenever I get the chance now. Fast, the openings are lightning short, the endgames can be interminable.
Still, I love it.
2007-09-05*
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Karl Wilde
United Kingdom
Blackpool
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9
Mar 2007*
The best Chess there is!
2007-03-06*
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Jerome McCauley
United States
Sycamore
Illinois
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9
Apr 2007*
I played this while in China and got my butt kicked every time (some of those older Chinese guys are GOOD) - yet it was always great fun to play. Just wish I was better at it and also wish I had someone to play here in the States.
2007-04-01*
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ART
Norway
Tromsø
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9
Jun 2007*
I need to get a nice set with a wooden board and fancier pieces.
2007-06-16*
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John Curran
United States
Ypsilanti
Michigan
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9
Jun 2007*
One of my colleagues claims this is a much deeper game than Western chess, and that the Chinese invented chess. Xiangqi is certainly chess's equal, but I can't agree with those claims. It strikes me that Xiangqi should be more draw-ish than Western chess, at least for equally matched players. There is limited promotion and more restricted movement, notwithstanding the fact that the king or general is more vulnerable. Xiangqi is an outlier when compared to other regions' chess. It is the only one played on the points rather than the squares, the only one with topography (fortress, river) and the only one with a cannon piece (which is pretty cool.) It's hard to see how the "original" game would be so different from the others that stretch half-way round the globe.
2010-09-02
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Alain Dekker
South Africa
Farnborough
Hampshire
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Jul 2007*
In the West we view Xiangqi as a variant of our chess, when its actually had a stable ruleset for much longer. While both are excellent games, I prefer Xiangqi. In chess, opening preparation can be more important than creativity and attacking flair. The opening, provided it is played reasonably well, is not as critical in Xiangqi and the open files and absence of locked pawn chains make for an aggressive game. The endgames are more interesting (and complex) than in chess. All in all, this is a superb classic and deserves much better attention in the West.
2013-08-07
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Brad Engels
United States
Carmel
Indiana
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9
Jan 2008*
Well, this game is a must TRY for every chess player. It comes with a bit of a learning curve because trying to remember the pieces poses half of the challenge. Then once you get past that, you must remember how the cannon attacks. Finally, once you can identify ALL the pieces on the board, and you keep in mind which pieces the cannons on each side are attacking/defending, you must come up with a good move to make. Here's the point where the rest of your experience begins.

This game feels faster and more cutthroat than western chess. If you have a pleasant partner to play with, this is an excellent game and I highly recommend it. It's hard to find people who know how to play the game though, so you might have to make your own.

I bumped this up to 9. On repeated plays it's just as fun for me as Western Chess.
2008-01-10*
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Pen sa tor
Spain
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9
May 2009*
2 players. Traditional abstract game.
2008-03-20*
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Winky Blinky
Canada
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9
Nov 2007*
A much more dynamic feeling game than international chess.
2007-11-08*
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Jason Cheng
United States
Catonsville
Maryland
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9
Nov 2007*
Admittedly I'm not very good at this, and I don't play it too often, but I have to say I enjoy it a lot more than its western counterpart (i.e. chess). Another central pillar in the Chinese gaming culture, it was a great way to spend time with my father when we had limited options in terms of boardgaming.
2007-11-29*
Philippe D.-P.
Canada
Quebec
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9
Mar 2010
Fast and tactical, even more so than international Chess, a step in the wrong direction, in my opinion.
2008-02-29*
Matthew Hodkinson
Canada
Toronto
Ontario
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9
May 2008*
A must play for anyone who calls themselves a board gamer.
2008-05-26*
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stephen skipp
United States
Pennsylvania
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Nov 2008*
It's like chess, except you're in the thick of battle from move two. I play this on a casual level, and it's fun beyond description. Cannons fly, chariots charge and elephants... well, they kinda limp around in a passive-defensive way, but still, elephants! Lots of cruel tactics can be discovered on-the-fly, and I like that checkmate can be delivered with very little material.

The only reason this isn't a ten for me is that the soldiers feel a bit pointless. They've never been of much consequence in my games, but I play at a very low level.
2008-11-24*
Richard Alison
United Kingdom
Norwich
Norfolk
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9
Feb 2009*
Great game. Would like to play it more!
2009-02-10*
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Natural born viking
Sweden
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9
Dec 2009*
I rate this higher than traditional western chess.

The different movement patterns make this game much more open. Especially I like the cannons which really changes the tactical aspects.
2009-12-30
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Jimmy CHAN
Hong Kong
Tseung Kwan O
New Territories, HK-SAR
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9
Mar 2010
Always play with my buddies!
2010-03-26
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sunday silence
United States
Maryland
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9
Dec 2012
CHinese chess, a very tactical game that does not involve the long drawn out end games of euro chess, although maybe that is just my experience. It does have some unusual concepts like cannon and elephants that dont cross rivers and the fortress that take some getting used to but it's well worth looking at just for the many nice ideas alone.
2012-09-02

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