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Xiongqi (Chinese: 熊棋; pinyin: xióngqí) is a strategy board game derived from Xiangqi, the Chinese form of Chess.


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Xiongqi starting setup


Xiongqi has only two differences from Xiangqi:

Bears slide any distance diagonally to move and capture. They may not jump over intervening pieces. The bear is sometimes known as the bishop by English-speaking players, since it is the same as the bishop in Western Chess. Unlike elephants in Xiangqi, bears can cross the river.

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By Cyril Kato.
Web page created: 2019-04-28. Web page last updated: 2019-04-28