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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2009-03-23
 Author: David  Howe and   Various. Inventor: Jìndé  Zhèng. The Game of Three Friends. A variant on Chinese Chess for three players. (Cells: 135) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2009-03-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Dear Yu Ren Dong,

Do you have informations on Sanguo Qi (3 Kingdoms Chess) as well?
Some authors mention only 16 pieces (no Flag/Fire/Wind), others give different moves to that piece.
And what about Siguo Xiangqi (4 Kingdoms Chess). Have you ever found something on that in the Chinese sources?
Another strange and mysterious variant is http://www.chessvariants.org/xiangqivariants.dir/chincrosses.html. Anything on this?

Great job!

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2009-03-13 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Many many thanks for that image, and all your comments.
I've sent a private mail to you to pursue this conversation further.
Thanks too to chessvariants.org for permitting such encounters!

Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on 2009-03-12 UTCPoor ★
A good illustrated diagram (apparently coming from von Möellendorff, 1876, who was the source used by Murray) is reproduced in David Li's 'The Genealogy of Chess', p273. 
It shows all characters used on all pieces. 
Beware, there is a big mistake here: this game is not The Game of Three Friends, it is The Game of the Three Kingdom, Sanguo Xiangqi !!!

amxre wrote on 2006-04-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
it looks SOOOO fun!but i hope there will be a 2-player version of this!

Sean Humby wrote on 2005-08-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have to say after playing this game, I've gotten a great appreciation
for it. This is the best balanced 3 player chess variant I've ever
played. (And I've tried a few... mostly garbage...) Please note that as
in regular 2player Xiangqi the Generals may 'throw their spears'. Now,
when they are in the middle position they are actually able to check both
other generals at once! The middle ground is prime real estate and
generally quite difficult to hold for any prolonged time.

The only really difficult task is creating the board itself. It took me a
few minutes to figure out how to make a regular hexagon from scratch. ;D

I HIGHLY recommend this game.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-01-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Presumably movement between 2 of the central 5-way junctions can only count as an orthogonal move and not a diagonal one, as there is no change of file. The extra piece could be uniformly called a Camel in European/American usage, as it is a Chinese-style version of the piece generally called a Camel

Anonymous wrote on 2003-10-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
hmm awwwesome.. never seen this before... could be very interesting.. wonder if there are copetitions to make this game more widely known.. would be interesting to have the whole world know of this game..

Sean wrote on 2002-11-23 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I would love to know how the WIND piece works.

Sam wrote on 2002-07-07 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This page is really good. Keep up the good work. Oh, if possible could you make a board that is really big so I can print it out and play on it. Thanks.

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