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John Ayer wrote on 2010-03-26 UTC
According to Murray in his celebrated History, chess among the Malays has been heavily modified by the example of European chess. It is called Main (game) Chator (chaturanga). The markings on the ashtapada have been reduced to two lines marking the long diagonals. Actually other patterns are known, but this pattern, apparently brought from Burma, has influenced the pawn-promotion rules. The starting array has each king standing just left of the centerline, and each minister just right. The king moves one square in any direction, and on being checked for the first time (or, on other islands, only if he has not been checked) can leap to any square on the second perimeter (on yet other islands, he can never leap). The minister (or lord; the pieces have different names on Java) moves as the queen. The elephant (or minister; Dutch influence here) moves as the bishop. The horse leaps as the knight. The chariot or boat moves as the rook. The pawn moves one square forward, capturing one square diagonally forward, except on Java and Borneo, where it can make a double first move, with no capture en passant unless the capturing pawn is blocked from moving forward by another pawn. Among the Batak tribesmen there was no pawn promotion: on reaching the farthest rank the faithful little figurine spun on his heel and marched back toward his master's home-row, on reaching which he would turn again and march again toward the enemy's camp, and so indefinitely. The usual rule was that a pawn reaching a rook's home square promoted at once, usually to queen but optionally to any other piece. A pawn reaching any other square on the last rank had to retreat diagonally one, two, or three squares to the long diagonal before promoting. This could apparently all be done in one move, unless the pawn captured on reaching the last rank. The rules governing check, checkmate, stalemate, and bare king were quite varied.

Flowerman wrote on 2010-03-24 UTC
Thanks, John Ayer. But i also found that i also don't know what is Malaysian chess :). I tryed to use google search, but here only page wich have word 'Malaysian' is here. So what is Malaysian chess?

John Ayer wrote on 2010-03-10 UTC
Wei chi, or wei qi, is known in Japanese as I-Go, and in America usually as Go. It is a game of territorial possession, played on a grid of nineteen points by nineteen, with pieces of black or white that are placed on intersections and then never moved (though they may be captured and removed). Sic bo and pai gow are Chinese gambling games, suitable for casino play.

Flowerman wrote on 2010-03-09 UTC
I have another question. What is wei chi, weiqi, Sic bo, Pai gow?!! There was writen what Xian-qi is NOT these games (i know about other games from this list).

Anonymous wrote on 2008-04-14 UTC
The contact for Singapore Xiangqi General Association is incorrect. Please refer to for the correct information.

Anonymous wrote on 2008-02-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
It isn't very often you get a great manual on how to play like that. There is even openings (very useful for beginners), where to get books, and etc. etc. The ONLY weakness I found (mind the word ONLY) is that there aren't good diagrams. The ascii art is ok, but tiring for the eyes. Oh, and a little pointer, Steve, how about including a wee bit of strategy and pointers, ok?

Laurent Schneider wrote on 2006-10-27 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Thanks for the address. After the 3rd try, I finally managed to play a few games at Xiangqi Association of America, 153-A Waverly Pl, San Francisco, CA.

The club is not very open to foreigners, but they are very nice guys and even let me win one game ;-)

I guess I was the first white person to go there !

Kiat wrote on 2005-10-31 UTC
Well, the FAQ really helps me a lot. Now that I know that my friends are wrong and I'm correct. But I still have 1 more question. What if I accidently left my king facing the other king? Can my oppenent 'eat' my king? Or I must undo the move and move my king the other way? Pls answer it by posting the answer and question at the website. TQ

clarence wrote on 2003-12-10 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I have been trying for the longest time, trying to play chinese chess & out of alot of sites doesn't reccomened to show You anything & of how the pieces move. Now I know how to play Thank You sincerely aka blaqking My Den

Anonymous wrote on 2003-01-03 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

Anonymous wrote on 2002-09-19 UTCGood ★★★★
It's a very informative site with lotsof good info. I live in the Bay Area
and wanted to know where I can find chinese chess
clubs to join.

huey wrote on 2002-08-20 UTCGood ★★★★
i got a chinese chess board in china town, NY in the chinese supermarket. It is a popular game in the park but it is hard to aully watch them play. This site really haelpes me learn how to play the game

David Howe wrote on 2002-04-06 UTC
I just visted <a href=''></a> on and it appears as if the FAQ hasn't been updated in some years. If anyone knows where we can get an up-to-date (or more up-to-date) FAQ document, please contact us. Thanks.

Jeffry Simmons wrote on 2002-04-06 UTCGood ★★★★
Very informative! But are the listings for clubs, organizations, and world's strongest players current?

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