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Xiongqi

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

Setup

Xiongqi starting setup

Pieces

North Player:

Chinese Name English Name Japanese Name Abbr. Han Character Western Name
熊 (pinyin: xióng) Bear b Bishop
砲 (pinyin: pào) Catapult c Cannon
騛 (pinyin: fēi) Flying rabbit e Empress
馬 (pinyin: mǎ) Knight h Horse
玉 (pinyin: yù) Jade k King
卒 (pinyin: zú) Pawn p Pawn
車 (pinyin: jū) Rook r Rook

South Player:

Chinese Name English Name Japanese Name Abbr. Han Character Western Name
雄 (pinyin: xióng) Hero B Bishop
炮 (pinyin: pào) Cannon C Cannon
妃 (pinyin: fēi) Concubine E Empress
傌 (pinyin: mǎ) Horse H Horse
王 (pinyin: wáng) King K King
兵 (pinyin: bīng) Soldier P Pawn
俥 (pinyin: jū) Chariot R Rook

Rules

  1. Board and Setup: Played on an 8x8 chessboard, Xiongqi merges traditional chess setups with influences from Xiangqi.
  2. Unique Pieces:
    • Empress (妃/騛): A combination of a Knight and a Rook, offering versatile movements and strategic options.
    • Bear (雄/熊): Moves diagonally like a Bishop in chess, replacing the Elephants from Xiangqi.
  3. Movement and Capture Rules:
    • Pawns move one step forward before crossing the board's midline and gain the ability to move and capture sideways after crossing.
    • The King moves like a chess King and is not confined to a palace area.
  4. Special Rules: Incorporates the river concept from Xiangqi, allowing for dynamic piece movements.
  5. Objective: The goal is to checkmate the opponent's King, combining the strategic depths of chess and Xiangqi.

Xiongqi is a unique blend of Eastern and Western chess traditions, offering a complex and engaging strategic experience. It retains the essence of both games while introducing new tactical elements, appealing to chess enthusiasts and strategists alike.

Notes

For additional information on Xiongqi, visit xiongqi.page.



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By Cyril Veltin.

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Web page created: 2019-04-28. Web page last updated: 2019-04-28