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Xiangqi is the chess played in China and some neighbouring countries.

It is the most played strategy board games in the world even if it is not very well known in the West.

First traces would be from 569 (but controversial) and 800.


Two opponents called Black and Red.

To win you have to checkmate the General of your opponent.


The board is a 9x10 grid but is virtually divided into 2 fields separated by a river. Each field has a palace.

Pieces’ positions are called points defined by line intersections.


for each team:

We made a western set of pieces for players who might not be familiar with the traditional chinese version. From left to right: General, Advisor, Horse, Elephant, Chariot, Cannon, Soldier. (red and black pieces are different in the traditional set, not in the western set)

Initial setup

Pieces actions and properties

(cheat sheet available below)

You can use our cheat sheet for a start, for more detailed rules and explanations, you can also read the Xiangqi Wikipedia page.

Jocly Xiangqi cheat sheet

Higher resolution is available on our wiki

Available skins

2D skins are available for all, 3D skins need WebGL so please use Chrome or Firefox.

3D Classic

3D Wall

3D Western

3D Western Wall

2D Classic

2D Western


Jocly implementation