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Magic River


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The blue area between files 5 and 6 is known as the Magic River. It is a river that has magical transformative powers, turning an Englishman into a Chinaman and vice versa. All Xiang Qi files widen into FIDE Chess files except the center. The colored dots on the Xiang Qi points are guides for matching the colors of the FIDE Chess squares.


Same as FIDE Chess and Xiang Qi.


On completion of a move that crosses the Magic River, a moving piece changes into its counterpart.

Pawn / Soldier
Rook / Chariot
Knight / Horse
Bishop / Elephant
Queen / Advisor
King / General

Generals and Advisors cannot cross the Palace walls but can move outside of Palaces. A General can capture another General an unobstructed orthogonal line away, but not a King.

This 'user submitted' page is a collaboration between the posting user and the Chess Variant Pages. Registered contributors to the Chess Variant Pages have the ability to post their own works, subject to review and editing by the Chess Variant Pages Editorial Staff.

By John Smith.
Web page created: 2008-11-21. Web page last updated: 2009-05-13