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Xiangqi (Trigault) DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Eastern Asia, Northern Asia, Southeastern Asia

Category Reconstruction, Pending, Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Xiangqi


This game, a version of Xiangqi played in China in the early seventeenth century, was described by the Jesuit missionary Nicholas Trigault.


5x8 board. Five pawns, one king, two scholars, two horses, two cauldrons. The king begins on the central spot of one of the short rows of the board, flanked by two scholars, which are flanked by two horses. The cauldrons are in front of the horses, and the pawns are one square in front of all the pieces. The cauldron moves any number of spaces orthogonally. The scholars move as queens (either one space diagonally or any number of spaces diagonally or orthogonally). The king cannot be in check.



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Hyde 1694: 160-164

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Hyde, Thomas. 1694. Mandragorias, seu Historia shahiludii, De ludis Orientalium libri primi pars prima, quæ est Latina.



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