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Yáng Qí. Yankee ingenuity adds new power to Chinese Chess. (9x10, Cells: 90) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Charles Gilman wrote on 2006-07-17 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Recently, through a crossword, I discovered that there is a musical instrument called a Yangqin, a kind of dulcimer. According to the article at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yangqin it has used two different characters for Yang, originally one meaning foreign, and later replace by one meaning acclaimed. Oddly enough the name of this variant works just as well with either of these characters. The 'foreign' sense is obvious - a non-Chinese variant adding in the non-Chinese Bishop. The 'acclaimed' sense is, I would argue, demonstrated by all the positive previous comments from connoisseurs of variants.

The rating is because I am now won over to the Cannon family of pieces, and have now used them in a few variants of my own.