How To Play Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) For Beginners
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How To Play Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) For Beginners

Learn the basics of Chinese Chess - how to setup the board, how to move the pieces, and play your first game!
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Created by Nathan Rose
Last updated 5/2020
English
Current price: $20.99 Original price: $29.99 Discount: 30% off
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This course includes
  • 1.5 hours on-demand video
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Everything you need to play your first game of Xiangqi
  • How to setup the board
  • All the pieces, and how they move
  • The rules of gameplay
  • Basic strategy - including opening moves, development, and tactics
  • How to avoid the most common beginner mistakes
  • Students will be ready to start learning more advanced Chinese Chess / Xiangqi concepts
Requirements
  • There are no prerequisites or previous knowledge needed for in order to take this course
  • This course will teach you Chinese Chess / Xiangqi from scratch
Description

Chinese Chess (Xiangqi) is China's ancient game of strategy.

Played by millions of people, it is one of the world's most popular board games.

Players of regular (Western) chess will find Chinese Chess to be similar enough to feel familiar, while also different enough to be a distinctive playing experience.

Just like regular chess, Chinese Chess is a 2-player strategy board game, and the aim is to trap your opponent's King.

However, with a larger playing board and different playing pieces, Chinese Chess tends to be faster, more dynamic, and more tactical.

Chinese Chess is an amazing game which you can now learn for yourself!

This course is taught by Nathan Rose (Author of "Chess Opening Names") - a native English speaker and international chess enthusiast.  The lessons regularly highlight the differences and similarities between Chinese Chess vs. regular chess... but even if you don't know how to play regular chess, this course will teach you Chinese Chess - absolutely no prior knowledge is assumed.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to setup the board

  • All the pieces, and how they move

  • The rules of gameplay

  • Basic strategy - including opening moves, development, and tactics

  • How to avoid the most common beginner mistakes

  • ... and, you can download a "Cheat Sheet" to remind yourself of the most important principles while you play

This course offers everything you need to play your first game of Chinese Chess (Xiangqi).

Ready to get started? Click "Buy Now" and let's begin!

Who this course is for:
  • Newcomers to Chinese Chess / Xiangqi
  • Chess enthusiasts who want a fascinating new challenge
  • Lovers of strategy board games and Asian culture
  • Those who want to improve their critical thinking skills
Course content
Expand all 27 lectures 01:34:45
+ The Pieces
9 lectures 25:34
Moving, Capturing, Turn-Taking
04:54
The General
03:19
Advisors
01:11
Elephants
02:28
Horses
02:44
Chariots
00:47
Cannons
03:34
Soldiers
02:23
Board Setup & Relative Value Of The Pieces
04:14
+ Gameplay
2 lectures 14:01
Check, Checkmate, Stalemate, Perpetual
08:10
Other Rules
05:51
+ Basic Strategy
3 lectures 24:18
Openings
05:36
Development
05:52
Tactics
12:50
+ How To Avoid Beginner Mistakes
9 lectures 13:32
Understand The Cannons
02:42
The Horse Can Be Blocked
00:58
The General & Advisors Can't Leave The Palace
01:12
Opposing Generals Are Forbidden
01:26
The River Is Not A Barrier
01:23
Soldiers Can Move Sideways Once They Cross The River
01:02
Don't Allow Your Opponent To Get Doubled Cannons
01:21
Don't Fall For The Back-Rank Checkmate
01:14
Final Thoughts & Next Steps
02:14
+ Bonus Content
1 lecture 02:30

Go here to grab the free bonus resources, and links to recommended ways to play Xiangqi online and in-person.

Bonus Content - Free Downloads & Recommendations
02:30