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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Crazy Adam
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Toronto
Ontario
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Year of Release:
600s (approx.)

Designer:
Unknown

Mechanics:
Grid Movement

Game Summary and Significance:
There are few games whose history is so contentious as that of xiangqi. Depending on what source you have read, xiangqi either found its roots in the Indian game chaturanga, or in the even more ancient Chinese game luibo. Some sources even say it was luibo that influenced both the Indian and Persian games mentioned already here on this list and thus any perceived influence of those games on xiangqi are false, with all of these games being influenced from luibo, the godfather of many early games. Whether or not this is true is lost to history. Even the rules to luibo have been forgotten.

What we do know is that even with wide geographic differences, there are commonalities to all of these "chess" games. Where they came from may be obscure, but what we do know is that one game had a great influence on all chess games and especially Western chess, which would become the standard by the 15th and 16th centuries. Xiangqi may of have been that game.

Xiangqi (translation: "elephant chess") is played on the intersections of a grid and not on the squares. Like any chess game, each player has a set of pieces, with each piece having its own movement properties. The goal is familiar: capture the opponent's king. What sets xiangqi apart is the river that sits in the middle of the board and prevents some movement, and the peculiar rule that prevents the two kings (or "generals") from "seeing" each other, and the "palace" where the general and his advisors must stay. Otherwise, each of the pieces have rules peculiar enough that they easily set themselves apart from the movement rules known in Western chess, but they are still as simple to execute, intriguing to consider, and difficult to master.

Xiangqi is still a massively popular game in China and in other parts of the Eastern world. It deserves to be popular in the West as it is no mere chess variant (Western chess came hundreds of years after). Xiangqi is a high-water-mark chess game.

Fun fact: like most early chess games, xiangqi was not played on a checkered board. Eventually the checkered board was introduced and the pieces were actually played in the squares. There is no certainty to when and why xiangqi moved its pieces to the intersections.

Do I Own It?
I do. I was fortunate enough to come across a copy of it at a thrift store years ago and was immediately hooked into the nature of this game. Copies are easy to come by cheap in your local Chinatown shop or off the internet.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Eric Shearer
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Thornton
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A copy of Chinese chess with the large wood disks and paper board for $1 (or maybe half price at $.50). The paper map isn't in the best of shape but the pieces are kinda cool if nothing else. Hmm I think it was $.50 but who knows, I already took the trash out. hehe
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Douglas Fost
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This is also known as Chinese Chess and has a few different rules that I kinda like. I.E. the king can never leave his castle.

It has a date of 762, but who really keeps a track of those things?
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Anthony Kingsley Frizzera
Italy
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Condizioni: B-, scatola con un grosso strappo sul retro, contenuto in perfette condizioni e mai utilizzato (pedine in plastica)

Lingua: inglese

Dipendenza: nessuna

Spedizione:
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Condizioni: A, solo defustellato

Lingua: italiano

Dipendenza: bassa

 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Scribes
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d10-2 After the initial learning surge; Rarely.
d10-3 Surge & Stall*

Only came across this in adulthood. This is my preferred Chess variant, and I have fits and starts of playing against AIs each year.

I also have a "westernised" upright plastic set I use to introduce others to the game. I bought this set in the toy section of a Malaysian supermarket (~2000/2001) for the equivalent of £3.
*This has been on the "vs Crib Oppo" for sometime, but yet to make it to the table.
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Frank S
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$3.99 V.V. Baggie section

Complete, nice looking set with a thick rule and strategy book. Plastic counters are still on sprue.

This edition:
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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The Chinese Chess have a large number of cult followers, too, and I doubt most of them play other games often.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Scribes
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d10-2 Xiang Qi (aka Chinese Chess)(762) Completed 23 Jun.
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+ I don't remember being able to beat QH when I last played. However this time I found it was easily beaten with Double-Cannon Check. Continued PC play may need to add-on a 3rd party Increased Strength AI.

mb Tried this for Phase 2 using Action Chinese Chess (Longo) - Lost 0-10 against Level 1 AI. Didn't come close to threatening Check.
 
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Casey Lee
United States
Lexington
South Carolina
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Condition: New in shrink wrap. GM me for picture.

Starting Bid: $9

BIN: $13
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Condition: New in shrink wrap. GM me for picture.

Starting Bid: $9

BIN: $13
 
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Casey Lee
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Condition: New in shrink wrap. GM me for picture.

Starting Bid: $9

BIN: $13
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Geir Erik Ø
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My brother bought my a copy of this when he was in Vietnam. It is an intresting chess variant with long tradition in China and neigbour countries.
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
rebecca
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Cool vintage Chinese Chess. $4.99 @ VV
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Casey Lee
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Condition: New in shrinkwrap. Paper board. GM me for pics.

Price: $10
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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Except for cannon, pieces capture by replacement as they move.

Cannon is odd in that to capture, it must first leap
over an intervening piece of either color. Capture is then by replacement.
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
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Cool little set of this. $1.50
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Thomas MacLaney
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The biggest Chinese Chess board I've ever seen: 17.5" square. Unlovely, though: simple black printing on a piece of MDF (I think.) On the river is stamped "Detroit Chinese Culture Services Center.", and it's printed on the back for Wei-chi.

The pieces are nice, though. They resemble Mahjong tiles, although circular and with a clear layer in the middle.

With a 50% coupon, it came to $0.91.
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Forrest & Ryan Driskel
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Really nice set. Same place. $2.00
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Adam 'Fenn' Fenton
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New in shrink. Contains a book to teach the game as well.

Free postage to UK, or free pickup in Edinburgh. Will pay first £10 of postage to EU (balance via Paypal, you pay fees.)

English language set, no in game text.
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
John McDonough
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Will probably move up once I get the symbols and mechanics down.

Edit: Yup, moving higher.
 
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Board Game: Xiangqi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:886]
Daniel Danzer
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Stuttgart
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Ancient abstract games still known today are still known today for a reason.
Now, this seems too obvious or already said? I don't think so. When we talk about "old" abstracts like mainly mentioned in this list, we talk about just some of many more, which were around, but not remembered.
When the rules of GO have not been modified for 3 - 4000 years, there is a reason. They are linked to something deeply human. A quality you will not find easily in a "modern" game, produced for a "market" or "target group".
I chose Xiangqi for this, because its rules are also known unaltered for over 1000 years. When you play it, you can feel its purity, its perfect balance, the philosophy behind it. Different from reading old texts or listening to "old" music you really SHARE the experience of playing the game, as people did 1000 years ago.
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Robert Beachler
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Found some more of these cool bits for 99 cents as well. Will add to the ones I already have.
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