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It was last modified on: 2008-10-29
 By Larry L. Smith. Xiang Hex. Missing description (9x7, Cells: 79) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Kevin Pacey wrote on 2018-03-01 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

I like attempts to extend notable chess variants onto hexagonal boards.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2014-02-10 UTCGood ★★★★
I also would suggest heavily-orthogonal variant: elephants moves as non-leaping dababahs (able to enter the river, but not cross it), and advisors moves as wazirs, and general still have only orthogonal moves.
But i love, how it plays with standart diagonal moves as well.

Vitya Makov wrote on 2009-09-16 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
It is good variant. So good that I choose to play it at Swiss Hippo
Tournament #2.

It looks aesthetically nice.

Chariot, cannon, knight and pawn are stronger than in Xiang Qi. Chariot in
the center of the board controls 26 hexes (1\3 of the board!). To make
defensive pieces stronger, I offer three ideas.

1) Elephant-move. Elephant moves like Hex Bishop just limited with the
river. Can enter the palace. Or more conservative: Elephant can move one or
two spaces diagonally.

2) Advisor (mandarin) move. Advisor moves orthogonally, not diagonally.

3) General move. General moves orthogonally and diagonally, so like a

I like first and third. Maybe this ideas can be used in Xiang Hex 2
(modern variation)... I will think about it! I don't want to change this
game, till somebody doesn't show path to forced win. Just to offer another
variant... I'd prefer to play with stronger Elephants.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2009-09-15 UTCBelowAverage ★★
Fergus Duniho's comments have emboldened me to say that I share his reservations but more forcefully. It is well worth taking heed of his expertise on both East Asian and hex variants, as you will see I have done. Had this been the first attempt by anyone at a hex analogue to Xiang Qi I would look more kindly on it, but there is already a history of variants combining these two elements and this one really adds nothing constructive to these earlier variants. The hex diagonal really is too different from the square-board one to suit pieces further restricted by Xiang Qi's internal boundaries. This is why Roberto Lavieri's Toccata dispenses with diagonal pieces altogether and my own progression of Xiang-Qi-influenced hex variants relegate diagonals to their Wellisch usage. The orientation is also Wellisch, following the lead of hex Shogi. Indeed my one variant that does adopt the Glinsky/McCooey orientation and use of diagonals also adopts Yang Qi's radical changes in diagonal pieces to match orthogonal ones, as its name of Liu Yang suggests.

John Smith wrote on 2008-11-21 UTCGood ★★★★
Doesn't the board need to be one rank longer?

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