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

from: The Psychology of the Chess Player
— Reuben FINE (the man who put the 'anal' into analysis)
"Chess is a contest between two men in which there is considerable ego-involvement. In some way it certainly touches upon the conflicts surrounding aggression, homosexuality, masturbation and narcissism which become particularly prominent in the anal-phallic phases of development. From the standpoint of id psychology, Jones' observations can therefore be confirmed, even enlarged upon. Genetically, chess is more often than not taught to the boy by his father, or a father-substitute, and thus becomes a means of working out the son-father rivalry."

So now you know... It's easy to be dismissive of this, but if you don't think there's anything in it, and are not easily offended, then I invite you to look at a few statements quoted in Dominic Lawson's The Inner Game. The most obvious caution against a psychodynamic interpretation of chess is that Short's anal rape fantasies here seem anything but "unconscious" or "repressed"!