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External Link: MiniXiangqi

Xiangqi on a 7x7 board, without Elephants and Mandarins. The object is to checkmate the opponent's General by attacking it so that it has no safe positions to move to. It's also a win to stalemate your opponent so that he can't move — this usually only happens when a player is reduced to a lone king. A player may not force a repetition of moves. Generals cannot face each other on a file with no intervening pieces. The 3x3 boxes at the top and bottom of the board are the Generals' imperial palaces or fortresses. The Generals may not leave their fortresses. Chariots (rooks) are the most valuable pieces. The Horse is less valuable than the Cannon in the opening, but becomes stronger as the game progresses. Soldiers (pawns) can move forward left and right, immediately from the beginning (unlike in normal Xiangqi). MiniXiangqi was invented by S. Kusumoto, 1973.

A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2011-04-09. Web page last updated: 2011-04-09