-The King/Tµø'ng: smart, could give check, and can force a win by itself.
-The Pawn/Chô't: smart and responsive, and has its own goal.
-The Queen/Pháo: smarter, simpler, and more independent than the Chinese cannon.
-The Rook/Xe: able to hit-and-run and also could be blocked by another piece.
-The Bishop/Tµø.ng: simply a beautiful piece.
Official 8x8 Board:
Quang Trung Chess is played on an 8x8 checkered board. Thus, I have preserved the most important contributions of orthodox chess: The checkering of the board.
The Set Up:
The initial piece set up is arranged as in Figure-1 below. Starting from the middle of the back row is the King/Tµø'ng (on light square). To the right of the respective King is the Knight/Mã (on dark square). To the sides of the King and the Knight are the two Bishops/Tµø.ng, two Queens/Pháo, and Rooks/Xe--respectively. The remaining eight Pawns are spread out evenly across the third row. Black, on the bottom, goes first.
For more detail, click on the picture.
Figure 1. Quang Trung Chess Setup
Eastern Pieces / Western Pieces
The Goals of Quang Trung
*to pawnmate the opponent, you must get one of your pawn to the end of one of the four central columns safely--without being captured in the next turn.
Quang Trung Chess is played with a set of Chinese Chess or orthodox chess (FIDE) pieces. The use of Chinese Chess pieces is intended to serve as a continuity for most Vietnamese players (who currently are avid players of Chinese Chess) to learn the new game. Secondly, it is my way of paying respect to the game, which have been with us Vietnamese for many generations. The use of Western pieces is to promote Quang Trung Chess where orthodox chess has dominated--and thus, catered to both Eastern and Western tastes.
Out of respect for the chess tradition, I have kept Quang Trung Chess exactly at 32 pieces. Each side gets 16 pieces: 1 King (Tµø'ng), 2 Queens (Pháo), 1 Knight (Mã), 2 Bishops (Tµø.ng), 2 Rooks (Xe), and 8 Pawns (Chô't).
Right below are details to the six piece-types of Quang Trung Chess. For more details on each piece, click on the name of piece.
The Chariot moves and captures by sliding orthogonally in any number of squares. After a capture, however, it must move one more pace in the same direction into an empty square--a pace away from the captured piece.
|The Pawn (Chô't)
1. When the square behind the pawn is empty: the pawn move and capture one pace diagonally forward. 2. When the square behind the pawn is not empty: the pawn move and capture one pace vertically forward. 3. When a pawn reach the other side of the board and within the four central columns, it automatically won the game if it could not be captured by the opponent on the following move. This is what I called a "pawnmate."
The Bishop (Tµø.ng)
Make Your Own Quang Trung Set
The board is easy to obtain since Quang Trung Chess shares the same board with Western Chess (FIDE), which is available everywhere.