In an earlier post, we introduced the free Chinese chess Xiangqi game app. Beginners are often clueless and do not know how to get started. Today, we will discuss how to use this app to learn Chinese chess from the first beginning.
Basic rules first
First of all, you have to learn the basic theory and rules of Chinese chess. The app provides basic chess guides for beginners. Run the Xiangqi app on your iPhone or iPad, click on Me button in the bottom right.
Then choose Help & Guide > Chess guide of Chinese Chess. Here you will be learning object of the chess game, the pieces, the board, move rule of the pieces, basic kills and other basic theory.
Endgames study second
So, now that you know the rules it is time to start getting some practice. Just like Western chess, a Chinese chess or Xiangqi game, can be divided into three phases, the opening, the middlegame, and the endgame. Each phase has its own characteristics. The opening phase is perhaps the phase of the game where beginners are most interested in. However it is often not the best place to get started. There are so many opening systems and variations. In the Endgame phase, however few pieces are left on the board, less complicated than the opening and midgame phases.
Open the free Xiangqi app on your iPhone or iPad, choose Play Endgames, you will then get a long list of hundreds of endgames, puzzles to learn.
For example, you can start from 4000 Endgame Puzzles > Classic Levels or Level 1 Beginner to Hard.
You may find many endgame puzzles are locked. It is because you have to solve one puzzle to proceed and unlock more puzzles or endgames.
Endgame compositions offer a dizzying array of tactics to learn. Some require the player to be aggressive and others that require the player to adopt a defensive stance. Whenever you need help, tap on Suggest button, the chess app will show you the best move to help you win the game. Tactics that are commonly seen would include sacrificing material, trading pieces, and maneuvering the pieces. It may be difficult in the beginning. Don’t give up. Remember that practice makes perfect.