Xiangqi in English.com is all about having fun with Xiangqi (aka Chinese Chess, 象棋, Elephant Chess) in English. Note: Xiangqi is the OFFICIAL term recommended by the Chinese Xiangqi Association, the World Xiangqi Federation, and the Asian Xiangqi Federation.

Content is added very frequently, and there were now over 2600 pages (as of June 2020) before the site moved. The Webmaster's mission is to share the basic and finer points of the game. And, Xqinenglish is entirely free!

Chinese Chess or Xiangqi is an ancient game that is deeply embedded in Chinese culture. Millions have played the game across Asia for the past few centuries. It is fast-paced, exciting, easy to learn, and intriguing. Xiangqi is also an indispensable part of the daily lives of many Chinese. There are well over one hundred idioms in Chinese that have their roots in Xiangqi.xqinenglish welcome page pic

Yet, outside of China or Chinese communities around the world, Xiangqi is relatively unknown. It is also alien to those unfamiliar with the Chinese language and would seem daunting. Perhaps the language barrier is the biggest reason.

The Webmaster sees no reason why the language barrier should deter those interested in the game and Chinese culture from experiencing Xiangqi, learning about the culture of the Chinese, and, most importantly, having fun. This website was created in 2011 to promote the intriguing game of Chinese chess to those who are interested but not familiar with the Chinese language.

Over the years, the Webmaster has added a Facebook Fanpage, a Youtube channel with over 2000 videos (as of Jan 2020), and a Twitter Account (search for "xqinenglish"). Uploads are posted on Facebook and Youtube at least five days per week. Announcements can be seen on the Facebook Fanpage. Links to the various social media can be found on the menu.


Xiangqi is an important part of Chinese culture.

After ten years of being the most prominent site on Xiangqi on the internet, the author has decided to re-do the entire site, so that mistakes can be corrected and that the organization of the site would be even more user- friendly. It would also reflect the changes and advances of Xiangqi over the past decade.

For visitors new to the site, please go to the "Announcements" section on the menu bar!

Over the years, the Webmaster has also written many English books on Xiangqi. Perhaps the most important book would be the world's first-ever Lexicon of Xiangqi! There are many more books that can be found under the Publications button in the menu.

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