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Chinese Chess : An Introduction to China's Ancient Game of Strategy - H.T. Lau

Chinese Chess

An Introduction to China's Ancient Game of Strategy

By: H.T. Lau

Paperback Published: 1st September 2003
ISBN: 9780804835084
Number Of Pages: 248

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Learn the ancient and fascinating game of Chinese Chess with this expert guide.

Chinese chess, or "elephant chess," has intrigued the powerful and the quizzical for centuries. Although its rules are similar to the well-known Western game, subtle and fascinating variations must be mastered in order to understand the strategies it requires. A great way to learn Chinese Chess, this book is simple enough for Chess beginners but contains a wealth of information and tips that experienced players will find useful as well.

In Chinese Chess, author H.T. Lau explains the game's fundamentals-the rules, the board, and the basics with dozens of insightful diagrams. With the aid of 170 diagrams, Chinese Chess walks players through the board, the movement and values of the pieces, basic rules for capturing and defeating an opponent, techniques and game-winning tactics. Once he's covered the basics, Lau introduces advanced tactics, methods for escaping difficult positions, and cunning strategies for winning.

This book includes eighty mid- and end-game exercises designed to sharpen playing skills and strategy, and concludes with two appendices devoted to the elegantly constructed games found in The Secret Inside the Orange and The Plum-Blossom Meter, two classic seventeenth-century works on Chinese chess.

Introductionp. 9
The Basics
The Board and the Piecesp. 15
Rules of Playp. 24
Values and Uses of the Piecesp. 28
Notationp. 31
Playing the Game
Opening of the Gamep. 37
Lead Movesp. 37
Response Movesp. 40
The Mid-Gamep. 44
Guidelines for the Mid-Gamep. 44
Sacrifice and Countersacrificep. 45
The End-Gamep. 56
One Rookp. 56
One Rook and One Pawnp. 69
One Rook and Two Pawnsp. 73
One Rook and One Knightp. 74
One Rook and One Cannonp. 75
Two Rooksp. 78
One Knightp. 79
One Knight and One Pawnp. 83
One Knight and One Cannonp. 86
Two Knightsp. 87
Two Knights and One Cannonp. 90
One Cannonp. 91
One Cannon and One Pawnp. 96
One Cannon and Two Pawnsp. 98
Two Cannonsp. 99
One Pawnp. 102
Two Pawnsp. 102
Three Pawnsp. 104
Mid-Game and End-Game Exercisesp. 106
Answers to the Exercisesp. 127
Appendixes
The Secret Inside the Orangep. 165
The Plum-Blossom Meterp. 197
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ISBN: 9780804835084
ISBN-10: 080483508X
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 248
Published: 1st September 2003
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 20.3 x 13.3  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.37

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