New Internet Information on Chinese Chess

by Roleigh Martin

Copyright 1995

All Rights Reserved

The prior Web page provides many internet pointers on Chinese Chess. Here is some additional information about the game that is nicely provided here.


Picture of a Super Expensive 3-D Chinese Chess Set

First, you need to know what a conventional Chinese Chess Set looks like--it's traditionally a 2-D (dimensional) set.

A picture of the Chinese Chess pieces can be viewed now: CPIECES.GIF - 20KB GIF file The Westernized Chinese Chess images include some depictions taken, with permission, from the game pieces from Xian for MS Windows, software copyrighted by Leong Jacobs Inc., 2729 Lury Lane Annapolis, MD 21401. The author of Xian is Nick Jacobs (, to whom thanks is due. Nick's game, Xian, is the most beginner-friendly Windows-based program of 2-player Chinese Chess in existence.

A picture of what a Chinese Chess game looks like in it's setup can be viewed now. This image is again taken per permission of Nick Jacobs (, to whom thanks is due. CCHSET.GIF - 13KB GIF file

If you want to know how to pronounce the pieces, whether in Mandarin (mainstream Chinese) or Cantonese (Hong Kong dialect) or Korean, refer to my Web page on Korean Chess: koreanch.htm

A picture of two very expensive Chinese Chess sets is available for your perusal now. It is from an advertising brochure I found in Hong Kong. I have one of the two sets -- the set uses only the top seven figurines in two colors: gray and rust-red. (The 16 pieces per side are only for seven different functioning chessmen.) The pieces are about 3-4 inches tall and on their bottom they have the traditional Chinese writing for the piece. A super nice, thick cloth composes the board. The set costs a couple of hundred dollars ($US) but a firm price is not known as I negotiated the set down deeply due to light damage of the board (cloth). It had been sitting on the shelf for over a year exposed to the Sun. This GIF file is over 440KB large so you may not want to view it if you have a slow modem. CSETBRO.GIF - 441KB GIF file

If you can read Chinese, the brochure has contact information, including phone numbers. I believe the company is from Taiwan. If you know Chinese, could you please translate the information and email it to me? Thanks!

About the Dedicated Chinese Chess Computer: Novag

Yorter Electronics (H.K.) Ltd., Unit 5, 20/F, Cheung Fung Ind. Bldg., 23-29 Pak Tin Par St., Tsuen Wan, New Territories, Hong Kong, Telephone: (852)416-6636, Fax: (852)412-2220, produces three dedicated Chinese Chess Computers for either AA batteries or with an AC adaptor for 110V and 220V electric power:

The features for one or more of these computers include, per their marketing brochure:

The advertising brochure does not explain what are the differences between the three models. A picture of the three models can be viewed now: NOVAG.GIF - 44KB GIF file

I have an older model that looks almost identical to the #9300 version. It is a model 8710. The features of this model 8710 noticeably differ from the above list in that it only has 10 levels of difficulty and the program size is only 8kb--not the 32kb listed above. It does not have any visible built-in chess clock. It may differ in other aspects that I don't know about.

Please refer to Yorter Electronics directly for additional information. As of July, 1995, Mr. Samuel Yeung is their Marketing Manager.

The date of this information about Yorter Electronics is from July, 1995.

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Last updated November 24, 1995