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What is wrong with Shou Dou Qi?. Comments on the rules of Shou Dou Qi - the Animal Game.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
ColonelCrockett wrote on 2010-09-13 UTC
An player can win in the 'drawing' situation when 1)the opponent's rat
is pinned away from the action of the center by an opposing rat and 2)the
elephants, lions, and tigers all oppose one another by occupying squares
preventing the opponent from moving. take the following example from a
strongly played game ...

black had only to place his dog and leopard on b1 and b2 (it doesn't
matter which piece is used where) and then sacrific on c2. white must
capture with the stronger lion or elephant and allows either lion-b3
followed by the offer of a lion sacrifice or elephant-d3 threatening to
capture the lion and sacrifice the elephant to jump into c1 and then the
den. the end is obvious from this point.

I'm not saying you're wrong ... A jungle game should be a draw ... but so
should a shogi, chess, and tictactoe game. I think this game deserves a
better analysis placing it closer to chess than to tictactoe.

addendum: I play as 'ColonelCrockett' on brainking and will accept almost
any challenge in Dou Shou Qi.