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MOC Olympics Round 3: Stuart Lucas vs Tyler Halliwell: Chinese Chess
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Xiang Qi, known in the West as Chinese Chess, is probably the most popular board game in the world, played by millions of Chinese people every day (it says here).
About this creation
This is an entry in the MOC Olympics, category: Board Games.

The talented Tyler Halliwell's candylicious entry.

And here's a link for almost everything you could want to know about Xiang Qi

Edit: 27.10.12 - now with decent photographs!

As a child I was a keen chess player, so when someone gave me a 'Chinese Chess' set I wass fascinated. Despite the obvious similarities and shared origin somewhere in Central Asia, I soon found that Xiang Qi had developed quite differently from its Western cousin.


First of all, the two halves of the board are divided by a river, which certain pieces (such as elephants) cannot cross. Also, rather than playing on the squares, the pieces are placed on the points where the lines cross, so the board is actually 9x10 rather than chess' 8x8. This makes for a faster and more open game. The points marked with 4 squares, and those with paired triangles, highlight the start positions for some of the pieces.


Each side has 16 starting pieces. The traditional colours of the teams are red and black.


Each team was one General, 5 soldiers, and 2 each of Advisors, Elephants, Horses, Chariots and Cannons. The game is won by capturing the opponent's general, just like checkmate in chess.


The General and his Advisors cannot move outside their own 'castle,' formed by a square of 9 points at each end of the board, which are marked by a diagonal cross.


The General can move 1 square left, right, up or down, but the Advisors can only move on the diagonals, making them the most restricted pieces on the board.

Moving away from the castle, we have:

Elephants!

Horses!

Chariots!

and Cannons!

I enjoyed designing these.



Add in 5 soldiers and red is ready to go. But where's the opposition?


That's more like it. Let's play Chinese chess!


A few moves in, this position recalls the historic occasion in 1923 when the great Mongolian Xiang Qi master, Li Shan Yu, advanced his chariot deep into enemy territory. This caused quite a stir as they were playing water polo at the time.


We're now well into the endgame. Three black Soldiers have the red General trapped, but it's red to play and his Chariots and remaining Cannon are poised to flank the black General. This one could go either way... I hope the same is true of this round of the MO, but I have my doubts!

Fourth wall: I was excited about drawing this category because I love board games, but it's actually been a really hard one. I think I spent almost as much time thinking up ideas, totting up how many bricks it would take to realise them, and discarding them, as I did building. Add to that a crazy work week and 2 boys' birthdays to celebrate, and it's been a tough round. Tyler's entry is top-notch so I'm not really expecting to progress, bt I'm pleased with what I've built and grateful to the judges for all their work, it's always stimulating to be made to build something completely different.

I'll leave you with one thought: statistically, 1 in 6 people in the world is Chinese. There are 6 judges in this competition. My money's on it being Cody G...



Comments

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  January 18, 2013
Great elephants. :)
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  October 26, 2012
The elephants are so awesome! Do you think you could post some instructions on how to make them?
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  October 23, 2012
Excellent game pieces!
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  October 23, 2012
Oh wow, that is an amazing chess board! Excellent job on the pieces, but the elephants really take the cake! Sorry you didn't make it into the next round, but this entry is truly a stunner!
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  October 23, 2012
Fantastic! I really like the board design, and the pieces are awesome.
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  October 23, 2012
Wow I loved learning about Chinese Chess with your build; it's something competely new to me. All the pieces look wonderful and the board itself is very well built. In a way I'm glad this matchup has already been decided because both you and Tyler's entries were excellent in very different ways. Thanks for playing and teaching me something new!
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  October 23, 2012
Quoting Thoy Bradley Mate this is awesome, the colour scheme to the pieces - which are all brilliant! Sad that you didn't get through with it, on the brighter side, now you can keep it up longer and have a few games :) A fantastic build in my eyes! ~Thoy
Thanks very much! I am itching to have a game with it, all I need now is an opponent!
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  October 23, 2012
Quoting David Roberts The elephants really stand out. They're neatly designed and fun. The thing that doesn't shout for attention but is a brilliant build is the beautiful board. I think this is excellent and looks very playable too.
Thanks David and everyone for the kind comments, the board was very much the lion's share of the build!
Stuart Lucas
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White Knight
  October 22, 2012
Excellent job !>.....well done
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  October 22, 2012
Mate this is awesome, the colour scheme to the pieces - which are all brilliant! Sad that you didn't get through with it, on the brighter side, now you can keep it up longer and have a few games :) A fantastic build in my eyes! ~Thoy
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  October 22, 2012
Great job. I like that you designed your own horses and cannons rather than use the ready made LEGO parts. Unfortunately, I am no good at xiang qi. I do OK at shogi though.
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  October 22, 2012
uniform board, cool pieces, and well done but i too have to give my vote to your opponent!
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  October 22, 2012
The elephants really stand out. They're neatly designed and fun. The thing that doesn't shout for attention but is a brilliant build is the beautiful board. I think this is excellent and looks very playable too.
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  October 22, 2012
Nice entry, but your choice of board game is a little too simple and rigid to beat out your opponent. My vote goes to him.
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  October 22, 2012
What a lovely thing. You could really play with this set. As others have said, the elephants are great, but technically the board itself is most impressive.
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  October 22, 2012
This is near perfect! Gotta love these elephants, horses and advisors... I would not like to be a judge on this one, I love both your entry and your opponent's... My personal choice would be yours though. It may seem dull (colour scheme), but it just perfectly fits the atmosphere of this kind of game. Good luck, sir!
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  October 22, 2012
Lovely elephants and horses! I knew about Majong but not about this! Fascinating game history! Very Best of Luck! :)
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  October 22, 2012
Fascinating and beautifully done. I love posts where I learn something new. Good luck!
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  October 22, 2012
Excellent details of the pieces. They look great! -LB Senior
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  October 22, 2012
Nifty build, especially the animals! Good luck!
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  October 22, 2012
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  October 22, 2012
Wow!
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  October 22, 2012
You really did a nice job on this and the 3D pieces opposed to the standard tokens with characters is a very nice touch.
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  October 22, 2012
Wow, this is fascinating! I'm a big chess fan, but I've not heard of this version before; I'll have to go look it up. Great build, and good luck in the competition!
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  October 21, 2012
Brilliant! I particularly like the elephants!
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  October 21, 2012
Those elephants are perfect. The little figures and characters are wonderfully made and the board is simply gorgeous. Well done and good luck!
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  October 21, 2012
Lovely scene, good luck!
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  October 21, 2012
I have never seen this game before, but it seems to be really cool. The figures are sculpted fantastically well, especially the elephants. I will have to remember that design for later use. It seems as though you chose a game that has strategy everywhere that Candy Land has simplicity. Although your entry may not stand out as much as mine, literally and figuratively, there are some very cool techniques used here and the board is very accurate and clean. The camera fail is unfortunate, but luckily the judges tend to be kind about those. Best of luck to you. It has been a fun round with a great opponent. Now I must get back to those studies that you were telling me to do earlier in the week and I mostly ignored. ;)
 
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