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Tezhi Luzhanqi - Chinese army chess. Chinese strategic game.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Rick Knowlton wrote on 2009-05-07 UTC
Free rule booklets for this game can be downloaded from
The site usually carried playing sets as well.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-10-03 UTC
Related to this game appears to be another called:

Hai Lu Kong Zhan Qi [Chinese Sea-Land-Air Battle Chess]. 

A company called Flying Horse Factory located in the in the Peoples
Republic of China apparently makes it.  I would not consider these as
actual chess variants because they are more like Stratego than chess.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-10-01 UTC
There was a question about playing this game on-line.  I have a method that
would work.  The players use a referee (as stated in the preferred variants
of the rules posted at CV).  The following then happens:
1)players place their own pieces in a way, only visible for themselves,
according to the rules.
2) players each send their setup to the referee
3.a)Players take turns sending their moves via e-mail to the referee.  A
player knows his own piece identity, but not hte opponents.  The referre
knows both. 
3.b) The referee sends moves back to the appropriate player.
4) As stated in the rules, Quote: ''A player can try to take a piece of
the opponent by moving (following the normal movement rules) a piece to a
square that contains a piece of the opponent.) Then, the referee compares
the two pieces, without revealing the identities of the two pieces to the
players, and then removes the pieces that are taken. The players do not
see which piece was of the opponent, whether or not it was taken.''

Note (as stated in the rules): If a player loses his general (sili), then
he must show the opponent the position of his flag.

See complete rules here at CV.  There are 2 ''Referee'' variants so
players would need to agree on the desired variant.

My set should be arriving this week.  I would be glad to referee a game if
there are 2 interested players.

Gary Gifford wrote on 2006-09-30 UTC
I just bought a Tezhi Luzhanqi Chinese Army Chess game from ebay for a relatively low price... there were 2 left if anyone is interested. I know of no on-line version of this. This game has much in common with Stratego (which I like very much). Because pieces have hidden values and a myriad of different setups, what is simple in face-to-face game playing becomes much more complicated on-line. It can be done... but has it? Note that Stratego on-line would destroy the 'memory' aspect of the game because hidden values, after being identified, are again hidden (this is a bigger factor in referee versions of Chinese Army Game were you would only know that a piece in battle was of greater value than yours - the referee informs you of the result, a bit like Kregspiel (sp?)... but on-line players can write down a revealed piece (for Stratego) and keep track of it... and make notes for Chinese Army, such as 'Piece __ is > X' thus the important memory element of these games would be lost when played on-line. Sort of like playing the memory tile game while taking notes.

Anonymous wrote on 2006-09-30 UTCGood ★★★★


I am Chinese and I have experience playing this game. I want to know if there is an online browser based version, like Chess or Checkers. So that I can easily play this game with my friends.

Andy Thomas wrote on 2006-03-21 UTC
i looked at this some more, and it looks like a variant... there are 6
naval type of ships, with gridpoints on the river and notation for the
spots where the ships set up... there are the barricades at the back of
the map, and the aircraft bases in the corners... this version i have has
a dual rail line across the river, rather than the 3 rail lines i see in
the picture...

oh... this one has the 9 different 'soldier' or 'army' type of pieces,
but only 1 of each of these... you can see that they have differing ranks
by the slightly varying pictures, but moreso by the obvious changes in
chinese characters from piece to piece... 

i looked at the pictures of the original game provided with the article
here and see that the pieces are wooden... 

these here are plastic...

anyway, what i have appears to be a variant on the same game... rail
lines, but not in the same locations... navies and naval movement added
in, with the same basic 'forts' and 'airbases' and 'depots' and


Andy Thomas wrote on 2006-03-19 UTC
i seem to have found a variant on this game... i purchased it at a chinese
bookstore... it has a river, like the one here appears to have... but it
has 2 bridges instead of 1... and it has diagonals (with interlocking
points) drawn in the river, and naval pieces (in addition to army,
artillery, and air)... it has 30 pieces per side... i will try to get some

Min wrote on 2004-01-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Hans, I played this game with my father and brother when we were children every Saturday night. I absolutely loved this game and always had fond memories of it. I had been thinking about it lately and decided to see if maybe I could find some information on it online and am pleased to see your page with rules and also pictures! Did I already say I love this game? Thanks for bringing back old memories. Now I'm going to hunt down a game for myself. THanks!

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