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hairylarry
Oct 28 '19
I had the same problem finding my draft so after I figured it out I wrote this. https://gamerplus.org/blogs/10
hairylarry
Oct 9 '19
Great information. Thanks.
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
If you have any International Chess (IC) skills you'll find that they translate easily to Chinese Chess (CC). CC is a faster-moving game (same number of pieces, larger board). Where with IC you maybe have time, in a typical game to formulate one plan, then desperately switch to one other before the end-game, it's routine to make and discard plan after plan in CC. It's a far more dynamic game.

Big things to watch out for:
1. The cannons are killer. They're REALLY WEIRD and they can do some very nasty pins that are difficult (sometime impossible) to escape if you're unwary. Learning to use cannons effectively is a core skill.
2. The horses move like knights, but they DO NOT JUMP. They move one orthogonal away from point of origin, then one diagonal away. They capture on the second, diagonal part. A piece at that first orthogonal point will block the move. This is radically different from an IC knight which can't be blocked.
3. Generals (the equivalent of kings), although restricted to their palaces, are not allowed to "see" each other, thus giving them ranged influence on each other. It's a common ploy in the end-game to use the general to constrain the other's moves. Watch for it!

It's a fun game. For historical reasons I can't ever like IC, but CC I kind of love, even though I suck at it. :D
If you have any International Chess (IC) skills you'll find that they translate easily to Chinese Chess (CC). CC is a faster-moving game (same number of pieces, larger board). Where with IC you maybe ...See more
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
I ordered 5 plastic sets el cheapo for Christmas presents. I am looking forward to playing Chinese Chess.
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
Thanks. I am looking at them.
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
ZDL
Oct 8 '19
The traditional 2-player variants of Chinese Chess should be available in the dustier corners of almost any Chinese grocery store in the world. (It *is* the world's most popular board game by number of players!). https://www.aliexpress.com/...amp;switch_new_app=y is probably a better source of boards and pieces, though. If the prospect of reading the characters frightens, https://www.aliexpress.com/..._,searchweb201603_53 is a decent-looking set.The traditional 2-player variants of Chinese Chess should be available in the dustier corners of almost any Chinese grocery store in the world. (It *is* the world's most popular board game by number o...See more
hairylarry
Oct 8 '19
I just read through your five posts on Chinese board games and found them extremely interesting. Now I want to see them and play them. Maybe some Christmas presents for my board game loving family. (don't tell) I find these here but don't know anything about Chinese Chess so I don't know which would be good to try. https://www.thingiverse.com/...;dwh=675d9cc6a947a5f I appreciate your information.I just read through your five posts on Chinese board games and found them extremely interesting. Now I want to see them and play them. Maybe some Christmas presents for my board game loving family. (d...See more
hairylarry
Oct 5 '19
Thanks. I knew I recognized them but I couldn't place them.
ZDL
Oct 5 '19
Song quote. Closing lines of the album The Wall.

Sue me. I thought it was funny. :P
hairylarry
Oct 5 '19
So is that a song quote or from a poem? "All alone or in twos ..."

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