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Chinese Chess Pack Hardcover – September, 2000
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Over priced for just a set.
On p. 14, the author states that the adviser can move to E3, which is of course nonsense.
On p. 39, diagram 12 purports to show the dangers of a premature attack, but does so by placing the elephant on a point it cannot reach!
On p. 50, diagram 5 is supposed to show the filed chariot opening, but in fact red has failed to move his screening cannon and therefore is about to lose his chariot.
On p. 66, both diagrams show a blue soldier at the center of its own fortress, which is impossible. (Evidently this piece was intended to be an adviser.)
On p. 100, it is impossible to tell what the sequence of moves is that supposedly leads to mate in diagram 30. The only combination I can see in the previous diagram begins with chariot x adviser check, but diagram 30 shows both blue advisers still surviving.
I found all these mistakes in a few minutes, so I dread to think how many other serious errors the book contains. It is bound to be more of a hindrance than a help to anyone trying to learn the game.
Moreover, the sample game does not even give the complete sequence of moves, so you are left to "reverse-engineer" the diagrammed positions.
So when I saw this package I promptly went and Purcahsed It.
I think is is well worth the money paid for it BUT.....
Upon opening the Package I was delighted to see the top quality of the Package. It is of very well presented and very pleasing to behold - Board and Pieces excelent quality.
The Actual Book with its rules and tactics and examples cant be faulted
However Upon opening the book the book fell apart (Page by Page) maybe I got a badly glued copy (not the writers fault)
The book while been easy to read and understand is unfortunately full of flaws and discrepencies.
While I admit I am not an expert in Chinese Chess, the errors and discrepencies are enough to confuse a beginner.
Some of the digrams are confusing when incorrect pieces are shown in places they could never get to and Pieces suddenly appear from out of the blue somewhat alkin to Shogi drops.
Also rule explaination in the diagram for the Elephant is confusing and contary to the stated rule and from checking in other books incorrect
The book unfortunately was not proof read and it shows badly
A great pity because it is an excelent set and well worth getting just for the game.
Value 6\10 due to the errors and book falling apart
Diagrams and explainations 10\10 for presentation 4\10 for all the errors
Dispite my harsh words I would definity recommend this set to anyone but with the caution that they check up on any statemnets made in the book which seem to be contradictory to what was stated in the basic Rule Pamphlet[...]