Xiangqi is the member of the Chess family
played in China. If you look past the
surface details, the overall board plan and movement style
to chess; but there are a lot of interesting details.
The board is 10x9,
are placed on the intersections rather than in the
center of the board is called the river,
which elephant pieces
cross, and soldier
become more powerful after crossing the river. A 3x3
edge of the board is called the palace. The opposing generals and
their guards are confined to
their respective palaces.
The pieces, which
are red and
black, are tradionally just discs wiht chinese characters
Boardspace defaults to westernized icons, but the
characters are one-click available..
are identical or very similar to Chess, but
others are unique, especially the cannon.
Chess, but perpetual check is forbidden, and stalemate is a
win for the
Complete rules can be found here.