Chinese chess, xiang qi, developed independently from regular chess, commonly referred to as 'international chess' in China. Some say that Chinese chess dates back to Huang Di, one of the earliest Chinese emperors, and some say it could be even older. In any case, xiang qi has a long history and is a precious part of Chinese culture. Slowly, the Chinese people perfected the rules and strategy, and now it's extremely popular. Xiang qi and regular chess have a lot in common, including strategies and theories used in playing. So if you play chess, you can probably pick up xiang qi in no time.

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