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The Chess Variant Pages

A Western Xiangqi Board

January 2000, Köksal Karakus wrote in an email:

I think that most of the people in the west find XiangQi hard to learn because its traditional board and pieces are hard to learn for our western eyes. But if we can learn it in a western way, it would be much easier to transfer our knowledge into traditional board etc.

So in the attachment, I am sending you the XiangQi board in a modern way. The blue line in the middle of board is the River, the red lines around the king define the Palace. Instead of lines in traditional XianQi here is the western squares.

It is easier to visualize isn't it?

Text by Köksal Karakus; webpage made by Hans Bodlaender.
WWW page created: January 24, 2000.