Xiangqi (Chinese: 象棋; pinyin: Xiàngqí) is a two-player Chinese board game in the same family as Western chess, chaturanga, shogi, Indian chess and janggi. The present-day form of Xiangqi originated in China and is therefore commonly called Chinese chess in English.
More rules : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiangqi Chinese chess (Xiang Qi) is one of the most popular board games worldwide,
being played by approximately one billion people in China, Taiwan,and wherever Chinese have settled.
Having a long history, the modern form of Chinese chess was popular during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127–1279 A.D.).
The earliest record of a Chinese-chess game and a book on the theory of the game originates from that time.
Each player in turn moves one piece from the point it occupies to another point. Generally pieces are not permitted to move through a point occupied by another piece. A piece can be moved onto a point occupied by an enemy piece, in which case the enemy piece is “captured” and removed from the board. A player cannot capture one of his own pieces. Pieces are never “promoted” (converted into other pieces), although the pawn/soldier is able to move sideways after it crosses the river.
More rules : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xiangqi