This section would feature the Xiangqi Manuals that are still extant since the Souther Song Dynasty a thousand years ago. Most of the material is in a mess and I will try to upload as much as possible over time.

Xiangqi (Chinese Chess) ancient manuals are not only treasures of the Chinese culture, they are also THE BEST WAY to start learning about Xiangqi. There are about 30 ancient manuals that are still extant.

By definition, ancient manuals are defined as books on Xiangqi that have been published in the Qing Dynasty and earlier, which would be before 1911.

The Elegant Pastime Manual is one of the oldest Xiangqi ancient manuals there is. However, it has proved itself to also be one of the most useful and beneficial ancient manuals for players of all levels.

The Plum Flower Manuals were written by different authors from different periods of time. However, they had common themes and most of the original Plum Flower Manuals were extensions or improvements of the earlier ones. There were also overlaps in content in the earlier Plum Flower Manuals.

The original Plum Flower Manual was by Wang Zaiyue.
Some of the exact dates of publications of the Plum Flower Manuals is not known but the general consensus of the order is as follows:

  • 01 Wang's Plum Flower Manual
  • 02 Wu Shuang Pin Plum Flower Manual
  • 03 Chong Ben Tang Plum Flower Manual (1865AD)
  • 04 Plum Flower Springs Manual
  • 05 Zheng's Plum Flower Manual (1897AD) (originally known as 《梅花五子变》)
  • 06 Wu's Plum Flower Manual (Late Qing Dynasty)
  • 07 Shan Qing Tang Plum Flower Manual
  • 08 Anti-Plum Flower Manual by Ba Jiren


《梅花泉》Plum Flower Springs Manual 

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