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Chinese Chess VS Western Chess Although the two might sound quite similar, what is the difference between the well-known game of Western Chess and the ancient game of Chinese Chess? Xiangqi, which can also be referred to as Chinese Chess, is a form of the popular game that originated in China about 3,500 years ago around the time period of Christ. Xiangqi had evolved from an ancient game native to the Chinese culture called Liubo, which was created approximately during the year 400 BC. As time went by and generations came, Liubo was altered by many different people to take on its modern form of Xiangqi. The wide spread Western Chess, on the other hand, came from India during the 6th Century, or sometime before the seventh, and is said to have evolved from other ancient eastern strategy chess-like games including shogi and janggi. When looking at Chinese and Western Chess, many individuals may not be aware of what either of them are, or how they differ from one another (Genius Prophecy 2009). Starting off, many people may be more familiar with Western Chess, or even call it the “normal form of chess” because it is more wide spread throughout the world, and because Chinese Chess is much, much older than its more popular counter part. First of all, the very boards of each type of game are dramatically different. In Western Chess, there is an checkered eight by eight board that contains a total of sixty-four squares in total. In Chinese Chess, there is an nine by ten board containing sixty-four squares that are separated by a river that goes down the middle of the board. Also, in Chinese Chess, the board restricts the movents of the general, or the “king”, and the guards, or the “pawns” to a specific space on the board on the grounds that toward that point because whole territory is supposedly the king’s assigned place, and he is not allowed to exit it. The pieces, instead of being placed inside of the squares, are played by being put on the intersection of the rows and columns. These positions on where the Xiangqi pieces sit are called “points”. The kingdom, or palace, is located nine points around the king (general), restricting the motion of both the king and the pawns (general and guards). The river through the middle of the play board is a line that restricts the motion of elephants, but revitalizes soldiers if they go through it. The pieces of Xiangqi include: The General : (very close to king) , who has identical movements as a king, an exception being that it can’t move diagonally or out of the nine points that surround its given place, or the palaceThe Guard : (can also be referred to as the advisor), the motion includes moving one point, or intersection, diagonally, and not being able  to leave the palace ( giving them only five available pointsThe Elephant: (very close to bishop) , elephants can move specifically two intersections diagonally , but cannot jump over pieces or cross the “river”The Horse: ( same as knight in western chess) , can move in a long “L” shape as long as there is no piece blocking its way, and can always move in the short “L” shapeThe Chariot: the most powerful piece in Xiangqi (exact same as rook)The Cannon: move both vertically and horizontally, but can only capture its target piece by jumping over exactly one pieceThe Soldier: (fairly close to pawn) , these pieces move and capture in a forward manner when they are located behind the river, but can also capture horizontally after crossing the line, or riverWestern Chess is a one on one player game famous for being played all around the world. The pieces of the game are placed inside of the sixty-four squares when a game is in action. There are sixteen parts to  each of the six types of pieces.The different pieces of Western Chess include :The King: (similar to the general in Xiangqi) , is able to move only one square in any possible direction (forwards, backwards, horizontally, vertically), and can participate in an action called “castling”, in which it moves a rookThe Rook: ( exact same as the chariot) , is able to move along any given number of squares, unless there is a piece in the way, and is also incorporated into the move called “castling”The Bishop: ( slightly similar to the elephant) , cannot pass through any pieces, but can move any given number of squares diagonallyThe Queen: is able to move sideways, forwards, and diagonally, unless interrupted by another piece being in the wayThe Knight