Xiang Qi, Xiangqi, or Hsiang-chi's is the most popular game in China. For rules of playing the game, refer to
XiangQi: Chinese Chess Homepage from TXA [Toronto Chess Xiangqi Association. http://txa.ipoline.com
Provides in its menu news, news group, on line play, photo album, software, practical end game, puzzle, data base, profile of masters, clubs, fans, on line magazine, rules, books, equipment, rating, survey, and other links. Rules gives Basics of Chinese chess by Sam Sloan, and Another basic rule in chess variant.
The Clubs menu provides a number of clubs and association, such as Los Angeles Chinese chess Association, Xiangqi Association of American, New York Chinese chess Association,, and United East Athletic Association, Xiangqi Club. Addresses, telephone numbers, and some with e-mail are given.
The board has nine ventricle lines and ten horizontal lines In the middle which lines do not go through is called "international border". There are sixty-four squares. In each side are two diagonals consisting of four squares, called "the palace". The board is shown below:
There are thirty-two pieces with sixteen pieces for each side colored red and black for distinction. Sixteen pieces are :
Each piece is set on the intersection. The position of pieces at beginning of the game is shown below:
The player moves in alternate one piece at a time. When the piece moves across the intersection if there is an adverse piece on the intersection, it captures the adverse piece. Attack by the cannon requires jumping over a piece whether adverse or not to capture the adverse piece. No other pieces can jump.
The checkmate and drawn game
The purpose of the game is to capture the general. If the general is captured, it is checkmate. and the game is won. However, the game is drawn if neither side is able to capture the general of the other side.