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From taejo 2011-10-25 09:37:59 To duchamp 2011-11-30 06:02:49
Based closely on ancient Chinese military strategy, '''XiangQi''' draws comparisons to European Chess, and indeed, both are descended from the ancient Indian game of [gameid=18011]. Based closely on ancient Chinese military strategy, '''XiangQi''' draws comparisons to European Chess, and indeed, both are descended from the ancient Indian game of [gameid=18011].
-'''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 [gameid=188], the game is played on the intersections of the gameboard. The area of play is divided into two territories by a river in the middle of gameboard. 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 other pieces in the game include Chariots, Horses, Elephants, Advisors, Cannons, and Soldiers. +---
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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 [gameid=188], the game is played on the intersections of the gameboard. The area of play is divided into two territories by a river in the middle of gameboard. 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.
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 +The pieces on both sides and their movements & special rules are:
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 +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.
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 +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. 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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