Traditional Chess pieces but with Chinese style characters including playing board neatly contained in a leather bound wood carrying case with brass hardware. I really nice gift for the descriminating chess player. Case measures about
|3" Tall||13" Long||7" Wide|
This form of chess has been played for many centuries throughout China. Pronounced “shyahng chi,” it sometimes is translated as “the elephant game.” Although only beginning to become widely known in the west, Xiangqi is probably played by more people than any other board game in the world — including the familiar western “international” chess.
Xiangqi (Chinese: 象棋, p Xiàngqí), also called Chinese chess, is a strategy board game for two players. It is one of the most popular board games in China, and is in the same family as Western (or international) chess, chaturanga, shogi, Indian chess and janggi. Besides China and areas with significant ethnic Chinese communities, xiangqi (cờ tướng) is also a popular pastime in Vietnam.
The game represents a battle between two armies, with the object of capturing the enemy's general (king). Distinctive features of xiangqi include the cannon (pao), which must jump to capture; a rule prohibiting the generals from facing each other directly; areas on the board called the river and palace, which restrict the movement of some pieces (but enhance that of others); and placement of the pieces on the intersections of the board lines, rather than within the squares.