Chinese Chess Set (2D) (chess variant/board game)

Chinese Chess Set (2D) (chess variant/board game)

Chinese Chess Set (2D) donated to Exeter Chess Club by Franco Kuan.

Confusing?

The pieces sometimes have slightly different names and symbols, depending if they are red or black. The back row is RNBMKMBNR, R = chariot, N = Horse, B = Elephant, M = Minister, K = King. The Persian for Chariot is Rukh, and the piece has the same moves; you can see a rather square wheel as part of the character (not sure how we ever ended up with a Tower/Castle). The little squiggle under the character for Horse shows the four legs, and you should be able to pick out the elephant's trunk. The Cannons on the third rank are a piece unique to Chinese Chess (Xiang Chi).

Chess Quotes

"O life, what art thou? Life seldom answers this question. But her silence is of little consequence, for schoolmasters and other men of good will are well-qualified to answer for her. She is, they inform us, a game. Which game? Bagatelle? No, life is serious, so not bagatelle, but any game that
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