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Gwangsanghui(광상희). A large, historical variant of Janggi, with two more generals that lead each flank and 6 more kinds of pieces.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2021-11-01 UTC

Maybe Zhao Buzhi’s “Guangxiangxi” was the ancestor of the Korean Gwangsanghui?

Theresa H. wrote on 2021-11-01 UTC

I have read about this variant on Chris Bogert’s Chaturanga Family site, and it seems to have the “Chinese Elephant” (lame Alfil) and “Korean Elephant” (lame Zebra) co-existing. Maybe this was the immediate predecessor of modern Janggi, and linked to a lost “missing link” large Xiang-Qi variant: based on a quick Google Translate from Korean to Traditional Chinese, maybe called “Guang-Xiang-Qi” (光象棋)? Shogi and Chaturanga both had large variants, but a large version of Xiang-Qi has not yet been discovered. However, if a large Janggi exists, I can assume that a large Xiang-Qi exists as well. Which brings rise to some more questions:

  1. The piece that moves like the FIDE Mad Queen is restricted to the 3 rows which contain Palaces. Assuming that the hypothetical “Guang-Xiang-Qi” had a River, this piece was probably originally restricted to its own side of the River, like the Elephants in Xiang-Qi. But when the Koreans removed the river to produce Guangsanghui, this piece became too powerful, and was eventually restricted to the 3 rows of the palaces.
  2. I would assume the vice-royal “Generals” on each flank were originally restricted to the Wazir move, like the Xiang-Qi King, but the Koreans added the diagonal palace moves.
  3. Maybe the “Korean Elephant” (lame Zebra) originated from “Guang-Xiang-Qi”, since it coexists with the “Chinese Elephant” (lame Alfil) in the Korean Guangsanghui. The modern FIDE Bishop originated as a German variant piece, the Courier, before eventually replacing the Alfil from the original Chaturanga, and becoming the Bishop we all know and love. It is possible that the Koreans found the lame Zebra to be a better piece than the lame Alfil, and when they adapted “standard” Xiang-Qi to fit with their large Guangsanghui, they swapped out the pieces.
  4. The Cavalry has a 1-square orthogonal sideways move, as well as its 1-square diagonally forward move. I assume that in “Guang-Xiang-Qi”, it gained this move once crossing the River, like the Infantry/Pawn/Point does as well. But the Koreans removed the River, and to compensate, they added the sideways moves from the start.
  5. There is a piece that moves like the Chu Shogi Lion, but restricted to diagonal movement. I assume that the Chinese borrowed the Lion from the Japanese, and added it into “Guang-Xiang-Qi”, but the Koreans found it too powerful, and weakened its move to diagonal directions only.
  6. There are two pieces that move like a Rook/Chariot, but restricted to sideways movement. However, the one that starts behind the King can transform itself into a Pawn as a move, and the one that starts in front of the King can not do so. I’m not sure whether this originated from the Chinese, or the Koreans, but I’d bet it originated from the Chinese.

Vao. moves like bishop but must jump when taking.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2021-10-20 UTC

Originally posted on Pemba, where this piece is called a Crocodile.

Calling the diagonal Cannon a “Crocodile” makes zero sense. I prefer Gilman’s term for the piece: Arrow.

Big Battle. Commercial chess variant on 10 by 10 board. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2021-10-03 UTC

I know this is a really old commercial variant from the late-90s, but the moves of the Queen and the Prince should be swapped. That way, the Queen (=Amazon) remains the most powerful piece, and it makes sense to have two Princes (=Queen) and one Queen (=Amazon), instead of two Princes (=Amazon) and one Queen (=Queen).

Accounting Chess. Modern Business Chess: win by capturing or indicting the opposing CEO (King), or bilking all of your Stockholders (Pawns). (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2021-08-24 UTC

In a hypothetical Grand Accounting Chess, the Marshal and Archbishop would respectively be renamed as the COO and CMO, and along with long-range moves, using their Knight moves would make them Crooked.

KMF's 12x12 Dozenal Chess. Adds rifle-capturing archers and royalty-inheriting princes.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2021-03-30 UTC


Cannon Shogi and Cannon Chess. Played on a 9x9 Shogi board, feature various types of 'Cannon' pieces. (9x9, Cells: 81) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Theresa H. wrote on 2019-05-17 UTC

Combine Cannon Shogi with Okisaki Shogi on a checkered board and you've combined European, Japanese, Chinese, and Korean cheeses into one chess.

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Theresa H. wrote on 2019-05-12 UTC

Cloudflare is slowing things down and only showing me a bogus timeout error (I know it's bogus because the site works fine on my other browser) when I use Safari. Please fix this ASAP. --KD

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