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Janggi - 장기 - Korean Chess. The variant of chess played in Korea. (9x10, Cells: 90) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sam wrote on 2002-06-27 UTCPoor ★
Nice page, but it has no history in it. Why are some pieces smaller then others. Tell us. Thank you.

Shawn wrote on 2002-07-20 UTCGood ★★★★
Hello, nice site. I read your instructions and they were enough to get me playing my first game without too many problems! I was just wondering of you knew of any places to play online, since I can't seem to access Korean game sites (they require some kind of Korean registration ID number that foreigners don't have). Let me know if you are aware of a place to play online. Thanks.

new wrote on 2002-07-26 UTC

Sam Lam wrote on 2002-11-16 UTCGood ★★★★
I want to learn to play Korean chess and this site gives me a good introduction. But point 7. b) and 8. make me confused. For point 7. b), if my opponent captures one of my pieces and thus his king faces my king nakedly, then I will be in advantage and I will not be willing to let him draw. Is it a rule that it is a draw game under that suitation ? For point 8., can a soldier (or pawn) move backward from row 10 to row 9 by moving through the diagonal line in the enemy's fortess ? Please answer me, my e-mail is Thanks a lot.

ian stanley wrote on 2002-12-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Anybody know of a supplier of korean chess sets - i have been playing for
a number of months on the computer or with my chinese chess set - but want
the real thing for my collection?

Kev wrote on 2003-01-08 UTCGood ★★★★
The (plastic) sets can be purchased at your local Korean grocery or gift
stores.  Search the yellow pages.

Bit-Jang, or one king calling a 'check' on the opponent king, as explained
'naked path between two kings', means 'check to tie'.  If your opponent
captures one of your pieces and thus his king is facing your king nakedly,
then his king is 'checking to tie' your
king.  If you do NOT want the tie, then you must be out of the naked path
by either putting a piece in between kings or changing the king's position
side ways.  If you do agree to tie, then the game is declared

A soldier (or pawn) cannot move backward from row 10 to row 9 by moving
through the diagonal line in the enemy's fortess.

Usually, there are three sizes to pieces.  Kings are largest.  Cha
(chariott), Po (Cannon), Ma (Horse/Knight), Sang (Elephant) are all
considered officers and medium sized.  Jol/Byung (pawns) and Sa (guards)
are soldiers and the smallest.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2003-04-13 UTC
A small point on 'If your opponent captures one of your pieces and thus his king is facing your king nakedly'. A piece cannot make the Kings face each other by capturing an intervening piece, as it in turn BECOMES an intervening piece. You can do it by moving the intervening piece but whether that piece captures another piece (as long as it is non-intervening) is irrelevant.

Oddball wrote on 2003-05-01 UTCGood ★★★★
I'm living in Korea now, and am learning from a couple of experienced Korean players. They told me that the initial placement of the Horse (Ma) and Elephand (Sahng) are reversible. That is, as long as they are opposite their opponent's piece of the same rank. Any insights about that?

Simon Spalding wrote on 2003-05-09 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Bravo to this author as well as to Roleigh Martin for making instructions for the game available in English! As anyone interested in East Asian Chess variants will have found, Korean Chess is much harder to find (instructions or equipment) than Xiangqi or Shogi. Supermarkets in Korean neighborhoods of Southern California often stock cheap pieces, occasionally stock cheap composition boards (made by, who are primarily a Go/Weiqi board maker), but I have yet to find a source for nicer-but-not-too-expensive equipment. Hint to those seeking equipment: bring a drawing of the board and pieces with you to show the shop clerks what you are looking for. Has anybody found nicer-quality equipment for sale outside Korea? E-mail me at, please!

Jay wrote on 2003-08-17 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
International chess has a rule of thumb values of the chess pieces. Like
Knight and Bishops are equal to 3 pawns, Rooks are about 5 worth. Queen is
worth 9 etc.
Korean chess has some references like the Elephant(Sang) is worth 2 pawns
(Jol) or one guard (Sa). Anyone know what the Cha,Po,Ma,Sang are worth in
comparison values ?

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-09-13 UTC
cha (car) rook : 13 points 
poe cannon : 7 
ma horse knight : 5 
sang (elephant) xiang bishop : 3 
sah guard : 3 
byoung, chol pawn : 2 

Is this what you want?

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-09-14 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
This is the official homepage of Korean Chess Association <p>It is only in Korean now <p>

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-09-17 UTC
a commnet here : 

2002-06-27 Sam  Poor Nice page, but it has no history in it. Why are some
pieces smaller then others. Tell us. Thank you. 

my reply :

I copied the history of Korean chess (=janggi) form official homepage
of Korea Janggi Association to here

It is only in Korean
and is there anyone who wants to try this page
with an automated Korean to English translator?

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-09-17 UTC
a message here : 2003-05-09 Simon Spalding 

-- snip -

 occasionally stock cheap composition boards (made by,
who are primarily a Go/Weiqi board maker)

--- snip -

my comment : 

it is

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-09-29 UTC

'bada Janggi' is a freeware with which you can play a Korean chess game
against a computer.
It runs on PC with windows 3.1 or above with 1 M ram

It uses usual janggi rules except that
it does not recognize 'bik jang' (= faced  Kings)

Downloading link is here

Screen shot is here.

a Quick and dirty manual by me is :

F5 : New game
F7 : load a saved game
F8 : save a game
Alt+F4 : Exit

Its author calls it  'bada janggi'
as he was a college student near a 'bada' (=Ocean).
In my understanding, he went to 'Busan University'

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-10-09 UTC
Hi, I have uploaded one of the most popular janggi (Korean chess) opennings It is 404 k bytes. You can <a href=>download</a> and play it with Swiff Player from

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-10-09 UTC
You can download and play it with Swiff Player from


Oops !

You have to right-click on 'download' 
and choose 'save as ...'

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-10-10 UTC
Another popular janggi opening is here

Pay attention to the way two blue army horses support each other
like 'beloved birds'

The opening strategy by blue army is called 'Beloved birds' opening.

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-10-13 UTC
You can pay a Korean chess with a computer here

It is a Java applet loaed into Explorer

janggi wrote on 2003-11-05 UTC
You can download very strong Janggi program from <a href=''></a> <br>This site was originally created and maintained by Seongmo Yoon.

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-11-07 UTC
a new Korean chess playing software with English menus and English pieces
It is a freeware (beta version)

It runs on Windows.

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-11-07 UTC

Visit here
and use left mouse button or right mouse button
to download

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2003-11-13 UTC

Mr. Kim, kyungjoong got the 3rd KBS Janggi Wang cup 
('wang' = king)

Blue army player in this game is Mr. Kim, kyungjoong
He has all the Pro Janggi tournament titles in South Korea

I uploaded a link here 

I used IE 6.0 on Windows

One hour a game.

.................... wrote on 2003-11-28 UTCGood ★★★★

Seongmo Yoon wrote on 2004-01-13 UTC
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