directions. In order to successfully
evade all the asteroids, you have to be able to see the location and direction
of all the other asteroids coming at your ship, so you don’t
dodge one and crash into another. I was
never able to do that well.
|How the board is set up|
moves ahead. “If I go here, he will go
there, then I can go up here, etc.” The
problem is that when I make the move I didn’t see the opposing bishop, all the way across
the board, that immediately swoops down and kills my piece.
center of the board dividing the armies. The river is important because there are certain pieces, which cannot
cross the line. The soldiers actually increase in power as they cross the river. There is also the “palace,” which is the square that’s made up of four squares,
with crossed diagonal lines located on each side of the board. The pieces line up on
the intersection of the squares not centered like in “international” chess. A piece is
captured when an opposing piece is placed on the same intersection.
soldiers line up on the front line on the designated intersections. The cannons are on the next line on the
designated intersections. Finally, the
power pieces are in the back, with the General in the center and his guards on
each side, within the “palace.”
moves. The pieces move like this:
backward. It may not leave the Palace. You will notice that the opposing generals
are opposite each other on the board.
They cannot be opposite without another piece between them. The player that causes them to “meet”
automatically loses the game. (“Meet”
means that they do NOT have a piece between them.)
|The way the horse can move|
one space horizontally, but they cannot leave the palace.
any number of spaces, either horizontally or vertically across the board. He may not move diagonally.
to the knight in international chess. They may move one space horizontally or vertically then diagonally
one space. However, the horse may not jump over a piece. If there is a piece on the next
intersection, either vertically or horizontally, then the horse may not move in
the direction of the blocking piece.
two spaces horizontally, in either direction.
However, the elephant cannot move across the river. In addition, if there is a piece between the
starting point and ending point of the move, the elephant cannot jump that
piece, so it is prohibited from moving in that direction.
moves in the same ways as the chariot.
However, in order to capture an opposing piece the cannon must jump over
another piece. The piece that’s jumped
over can either be a friendly piece or an opposing piece. The chariot does not have to jump in order
|The cannon must jump a piece to capture|
allowed to move forward vertically one space until they cross the river. After crossing the river the soldier is
allowed to move both vertically and horizontally, but can only move one space
in either direction. The soldier cannot
move diagonally or backward vertically.
chess throughout the day and into the night.
There are usually a number of others watching and “helping.” The game seems to be pretty loud, with
pieces slapped down and banging against the chessboard. You play, taking on new opponents until you
lose, then the winner takes on others.
The park across from my apartment is equipped with chessboards and
benches that can be utilized for the game.
I’ve seen men out there playing until very late at night. Someday I want to be good enough to
challenge and hold the board for awhile.