Chinese Chess: An Introduction to China's Ancient Game of Strategy

Chinese Chess: An Introduction to China's Ancient Game of Strategy

by H. T. Lau

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Chinese Chess: An Introduction to China's Ancient Game of Strategy by H. T. Lau

Learn the ancient and fascinating game of Chinese Chess with this expert guide.

Chinese chess, or "elephant chess," has intrigued the powerful and the quizzical for centuries. Although its rules are similar to the well-known Western game, subtle and fascinating variations must be mastered in order to understand the strategies it requires. A great way to learn Chinese Chess, this book is simple enough for Chess beginners but contains a wealth of information and tips that experienced players will find useful as well.

In Chinese Chess, author H.T. Lau explains the game's fundamentals—the rules, the board, and the basics with dozens of insightful diagrams. With the aid of 170 diagrams, Chinese Chess walks players through the board, the movement and values of the pieces, basic rules for capturing and defeating an opponent, techniques and game-winning tactics. Once he's covered the basics, Lau introduces advanced tactics, methods for escaping difficult positions, and cunning strategies for winning.

This book includes eighty mid- and end-game exercises designed to sharpen playing skills and strategy, and concludes with two appendices devoted to the elegantly constructed games found in The Secret Inside the Orange and The Plum-Blossom Meter, two classic seventeenth-century works on Chinese chess.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804835084
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Publication date: 07/15/2003
Edition description: 1st Edition
Pages: 248
Sales rank: 708,491
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction9
Part 1The Basics
1.The Board and the Pieces15
2.Rules of Play24
3.Values and Uses of the Pieces28
4.Notation31
Part 2Playing the Game
5.Opening of the Game37
Lead Moves37
Response Moves40
6.The Mid-Game44
Guidelines for the Mid-Game44
Sacrifice and Countersacrifice45
7.The End-Game56
One Rook56
One Rook and One Pawn69
One Rook and Two Pawns73
One Rook and One Knight74
One Rook and One Cannon75
Two Rooks78
One Knight79
One Knight and One Pawn83
One Knight and One Cannon86
Two Knights87
Two Knights and One Cannon90
One Cannon91
One Cannon and One Pawn96
One Cannon and Two Pawns98
Two Cannons99
One Pawn102
Two Pawns102
Three Pawns104
8.Mid-Game and End-Game Exercises106
Answers to the Exercises127
Appendixes
1.The Secret Inside the Orange165
2.The Plum-Blossom Meter197

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