Chinese chess, or xianqi, is an extraordinary game in which the endless tactical subtleties are far more important than the eventual outcome. It has a distinguished history. Tamerlane, the brilliant but ferocious Mongol warrior who became the scourge of Asia in the 14th century, was utterly obsessed by it. The military who saw it as a perfect way to try out strategies and tactics that would stand them in good stead on the battlefield have always favored the game.
The fascination of xianqi is very wide and with the Chinese Chess Pack you have everything you need to master the game. As well as a board and play pieces, this pack includes a book that not only explains the moves and rules, but also describes tactics in detail, the all-important endgame, and some of the dirty tricks you may expect from your opponents. The whole book is beautifully illustrated to make the instructions crystal clear.
|Product dimensions:||8.86(w) x 8.82(h) x 1.47(d)|
About the Author
James Palmer is a graduate of Jesus College, Cambridge. He has worked part-time for the International Consultancy on Religion, Education and Culture for several years. He has written several books on Chinese religion, astrology and mythology.