Chinese chess game
( Xiangqi, Xiang Qi, Hsiang-Ch`i, Jeuhng Keih )
The Xiangqi or Chinese Chess game appeared in China about 3500 years
ago. The Chinese character "xiang" means elephant and "qi"
means chess, from where the
name Elephant Chess. In order to explain this name, one of the well
known hypotheses recalls that the first emperor Huang Di used a herd
of elephants in its army. During the centuries many references to
the Xiangqi are registered in the Chinese literature starting
several centuries before Christ until our days. Although it finds
its origin many centuries ago, this traditional Chinese chess game
is now adapted to the new technologies and may be played its newest
version on desk top computer and pocket PC.