Sunday, April 2, 2017

My Books: The XiangQi Master From The Cave

My Books: The XiangQi Master From The Cave

The Xiangqi Master From The Cave

Xiangqi, or Chinese Chess which more Westerners may be acquainted with, is an ancient game with strategy that has been played for at least a thousand years. 

Through the ages, there have been many classics that were written about it, with the earliest publication on the form of Xiangqi that we know today in the late Song dynasty. Many have been lost through the ages, but a handful few have made are still present today. One of theses ancient classics is The Xiangqi Master from the Cave which was estimated to have existed at least over two hundred years ago. 
There are several unique features to this ancient manual. The Chinese name is made up seven Chinese characters, with each character representing a particular opening system being discussed. There are five games per character. The Chinese name of the book, if translated directly would be Invincible after coming out of the Caves. There are not many variations but there are many tactics, strategies and brilliant kills that are demonstrated. Although the level of play may seem simple by today's standards, it is nevertheless an ideal book for the beginner, amateur or even club level Xiangqi player to learn, for the ideas demonstrated form the basics of Xiangqi theory today. 
Detailed explanations have been provided to assist the reader in understanding the game. Ample diagrams have also been placed such that it would be easy to cross reference the moves and the actual situation on the board. 

The reader will be guaranteed to be amazed at the contents of the board, but more importantly, the reader will be able to appreciate the Chinese culture way back in the ancient times.

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Xiangqi For Absolute Beginners: Teach Yourself XIANGQI Step by Step

Xiangqi is becoming more popular in Western countries due to the rise of China. China's extraordinary economic growth and active diplomacy are already attracted Westerners' interest. Westerners want to learn more about Chinese's culture. One of the easier approaches is by learning Xiangqi. Unfortunately, there is always not easy for a Westerner or non-Chinese speaking person to learn Xiangqi by his own. 

This book is designed for the person who is absolutely no knowledge or little knowledge in Xiangqi, and would like to learn it by his own. The structures of the book are well designed. There are divided into 5 main chapters, which are Xiangqi Fundamentals, Xiangqi Basic Kills, Xiangqi Basic Endgame, Xiangqi Basic Midgame and Xiangqi Opening. The sentences uses are simple and easy English. The reader can just easily follows the chapter and learns Xiangqi step by step. 

There are more than 300 diagrams have been placed such that it would be easy to cross reference the moves and the actual situation on the board. At the end of each chapter, it consists of self-test or puzzles to assess the reader's competency level. There are more than 130 puzzles and the answers are provided at the end of the book.

At the end, the reader will be able to appreciate the Chinese culture through Xiangqi.

Enjoy this wonderful game.

Publication Date:
Jan 24 2017
9671436218 / 9789671436219
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Games / Chess / General

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