‘Chess’ Archive

Playing Xiangqi with xboard 2014-12-08 1 Comment

Introduction Out of the box, xboard is expecting you to play western chess. It does support Xiangqi, but the default setup uses ugly western pieces and western square fields rather than lines: You can make it look more traditional .. .. but it is not really trivial to get there. Windows users have WinBoard Xiangqi […]

Introducing Gambit to Gentoo 2014-11-16 1 Comment

Hi! I would like to introduce you to Gambit, a rather young Qt-based chess UI with excellent usability and its very own engine. It has been living in the betagarden overlay while maturing and just hit the Gentoo main repository. Install through emerge -av games-board/gambit as usual.

Designer wanted: Western pieces for Chinese chess 2014-09-21 1 Comment

Background Chinese chess is a lot easer to get into for non-Chinese people if a horse looks like ♞/♘ rather than 馬/傌, for the first few games. Publicly available piece set graphics seem to all have one or more of the following shortcomings: Raster but vector images Unclear or troublesome licensing Poor aesthetics ([1], [2], [3], […]

LaTeX xq: Bugs in 0.3 fixed with 0.4 / My first contribution to CTAN 2014-09-20 No Comments

Hi! When writing about Xiangqi (Chinese chess) in LaTeX, it’s tempting to use package xq. When Wolfgang Reher and I used it for a while, we ran into bugs with it: some bad enough, I can only ask you to upgrade to 0.4 asap and not render anything with 0.3 any more. For details, there […]

My first cover on a printed book 2014-09-13 No Comments

A few days ago I had the chance to first get my hands on a printed version of that book I designed the cover for: Einführung in die Mittelspieltaktik des Xiangqi by Rainer Schmidt. The design was done using Inkscape and xiangqi-setup. I helped out with a few things on the inside too. A few […]

Generating Xiangqi setup images, publishing/print level quality 2014-08-04 No Comments

(Last edit 2014-08-31) I wrote a tool that takes the board setup from a WXF file (example below) and produces an SVG image visualizing that setup. Different themes for board and pieces are supported (including your own), the gap between pieces can be adjusted, output width can be adjusted, too. It’s called xiangqi-setup. Internally, the […]

Things not to do when publishing a book on Xiangqi (or any other topic) 2014-08-03 No Comments

One minute version If you’re buying an English book on Xiangqi do not buy “A Beginners guide to Xiangqi” by Tyler Rea: It’s a ripp-off and does more harm than good. For something in English, you could go with “Chinese Chess: An Introduction to China’s Ancient Game of Strategy” by H. T. Lau for print […]

EGF Xiangqi file format tool and documentation 2014-07-06 No Comments

Hello 🙂 I don’t get to playing with code much lately. Yesterday and today I put some effort into trying to understand and document the EGF file format used by Xie Xie to store Xiangqi games including per-move comments and a bit of other metadata. Status quo includes a simple command line tool: # ./egf/cli.py […]

(German) Rückblick: Chinesisches Schach mit der Sprach- und Kulturbörse bei der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften 2014 2014-05-11 No Comments

Worum geht es? Am Samstag den 10.05.2014 habe ich mit/für die Sprach- und Kulturbörse der TU Berlin im Rahmen der Langen Nacht der Wissenschaften im ersten Stock des Foyers im Hauptgebäude der TU Berlin interessierten Besuchern Chinesisches Schach erklärt und im Spiel ausprobieren lassen. Informelle Sicht Mitgebracht hatte ich: zwei Spiele mit hybriden Spielsteinen (chinesisch […]

Differences of Janggi (Korean chess) to XiangQi (Chinese chess) in game play 2014-03-27 No Comments

Since I have the opportunity to play a game of Janggi (Korean chess) tomorrow, I made a summary of the differences in game play to XiangQi (Chinese chess) for myself. 99% of this is based on this page at chessvariants.org. Here is my summary: Setup and Start Kings start at the center of the palace Each […]