Traditional Chinese Chess Game
Today, we are going to learn how to play a popular Chinese board game – Chinese Chess! It actually bears some resemblance to the western game of chess you may be used to, but with a few key differences such as a river running down the middle of the board and placing the pieces on the intersections of the lines rather than the squares. The game is designed to resemble the battle between two opposing armies, with the ultimate goal being to kill the other team’s general.
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How to Play Traditional Chinese Chess
Chinese chess is played on a simple 9 x 10 board which uniquely has a “river” running through the centre. Players start with their pieces arranged along their side, then take turns to move one piece at a time – with the ultimate goal being to kill the other team’s general.
There are many similarities to western chess, for example some of the pieces are the same. The main differences are that the pieces are placed on the intersections between the lines, rather than inside the squares, and there are restrictions on which pieces can cross the river or move inside the fortress.
At the start of the game, each player places their pieces on the board as shown on the right. Red usually starts, then they take turns to move one piece each go.
You can capture your opponents’ pieces by landing on them, with the ultimate goal being to kill the enemy’s general in order to win the game.
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