Supposedly comes from the area around
Chang-an at a caravan crossing point on the Yellow River. The game is the
battle between the merchants and the bandits and is supposed to be popular
with ferrymen and drovers of all ages. If anyone has conflicting or
additional information, let us know.
may be set up anywhere in the row they are on, moves any
number orthogonally [like a standard cannon?] but must
always jump exactly one piece whether it captures or not.
moves any number diagonally.
may be set anywhere in their row not already occupied by
a Camel, jumps 2 orthogonally.
1 or 2 in any direction.
any number vertically forward but may not cross the river.
"There is no capturing" [?]. Win by surrounding the opposing Prince so that
he cannot move, regardless of whether any other piece can move. No piece
may jump over a Prince. Players are Red and Black. Red sets his pieces
on the board first. Black then sets his pieces on the board and throws
the die first. Players take turns throwing the die, without moving any
pieces, until one of them throws a 5. That player makes the first move
using the 5. Play then becomes turn-and-turn about, each moving according
to the throw of the die. The die is a long, 4-sided stick (chop stick?)
with the numbers 2/3/4/5 on its sides.
A throw of 2 the player moves an Artillery piece.
A throw of 3 the player moves a Horse
A throw of 4 the player moves a Camel
A throw of 5 the player moves a Soldier or his Prince