You are on the backup site for Chessvariants.com. Any posts, moves, or other changes you make here will not be permanent, because the pages and database from the main site will be backed up here every midnight EST. Additionally, things may not be working right, because this site is also a testbed for newer system software. So, if you are not here to test, develop, or merely read this site, you may want to change .org to .com in the navigation bar and go to the main site.



The Chess Variant Pages




[ Help | Earliest Comments | Latest Comments ]
[ List All Subjects of Discussion | Create New Subject of Discussion ]
[ List Earliest Comments Only For Pages | Games | Rated Pages | Rated Games | Subjects of Discussion ]

Single Comment

Chaturanga. The first known variant of chess. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jason L. wrote on 2012-02-10 UTC
http://history.chess.free.fr/papers/Banaschak%201997.pdf

Here is a good paper from a German researcher that has a strong usage of
Chinese to actually examine the origin of Xiangqi directly.

The author has been quoted as disputing David Li's theory of Xiangqi
coming specifically from a general from the end of the Warring States
Period and does not necessarily subscribe to any particular theory.

Unfortunately, Banaschak is misquoted in places as a researcher who is
disputing that Xiangqi has a Chinese origin. This is certainly not his
position. He is simply disputing David Li's theory and not that Xiangqi
has a Chinese origin.

From his paper, it looks as if he personally believes that Xiangqi has a
Chinese origin, but concludes there is not enough evidence to prove any of
the possible theories of its origin but believes that future archeological
findings could support one theory or another.