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Chinese Games


Ivan L.

on 15 February 2010

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Chinese Games
Chinese Chess
Anciently China had 4 traditional arts: music, painting, calligraphy, and strategy games. The second syllable of Xiangqi, "qi" is the Chinese word for strategy games. The first syllable, "xiang" is the word for elephant. This spelling is Mandarin, in Cantonese the game is called Jeuhng Keih. Like Western chess, Chinese chess descends from the game of Chaturanga, from India. From India it spread throughout Asia and also to Medieval Euroupe. In China, the game reached its current form during the Song Dynasty (960-1279 AD). http://www.mandarintools.com/chinesechess.html

Pictures of the chinese chess board
{The Chinese chess board is made up of 10 horizontal lines (ranks) and 9 vertical lines (files)}. The pieces are placed on the lines rather than in the squares as in Western chess. The lines are broken by the blank space that runs horizontally through the middle of the board. The blank space is the river. At each end there is a square with intersecting diagonals. These are the palaces, one for red, and one for black. The other markings are for aids in placement of the pieces at the beginning of the game.
Chinese Checkers
The aim of the game is simply to enter all of one's ten marbles into the opposite "Home base" (star point) on the opposite side of the board before any other player in the game finishes entering his/her pieces likewise. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_checkers#History
Picture of the chinese checkers board
Chinese Poker
In Chinese Poker, each player receives a 13 card hand from a standard 52 card deck. Each player then has to divide his cards into three poker hands (known as "setting"): two containing five cards each (known as "the middle" and "the back"), and one containing three cards ("the front"); the back must be the highest ranking hand, and the front, the lowest ranking hand (note that straights and flushes do not count in the three card hand.) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_poker

Here is a picture of a possible hand and how you should set the cards up
Mahjongg is an ancient Chinese solitaire game. The object of the game is to remove all of the tiles from the board by selecting two free tiles of the same kind. A tile must have at least one side unblocked in order to be playable. There are four tiles for each character. Flowers and seasons are different and have only one of each kind - therefore you can match any flower with any flower or any season with any season. http://www.primarygames.com/holidays/chinese/games/mahjongg/start.htm
Go is a strategic board game for two players. It is also known as igo (Japanese), weiqi (Chinese) or baduk (Korean). Go is noted for being rich in strategic complexity despite its simple rules.

The game is played by two players who alternately place black and white stones (playing pieces, now usually made of glass or plastic) on the vacant intersections of a grid of 19×19 lines. The object of the game is to control a larger portion of the board than the opponent. A stone or a group of stones is captured and removed if it has no empty adjacent intersections, the result of being completely surrounded by stones of the opposing color.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Go_(board_game)
By: Ivan Lin 601
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