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

"I wasn't sure what square to take the rook to. Because there were three alternatives (e8, d8 and c8), I decided to go for the middle one."
— Timman, NIC 1998 No 2. (via Mark Brodie)