Undertstanding the Elephant Series

This series was created with the aim of introducing the basics of Xiangqi in detail so that the newcomer will have a firm foundation that will last a life-time. Work is still going on. Thus far, there are four volumes that have been written. Work is still under way for new instalments that discuss other aspects of Xiangqi.
There are print versions and ebook versions for all the differerent books in the series that are available on Amazon.
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UTE 1: The History of Xiangqi

The History of Xiangqi has long been a topic of debate between Chinese historians and their Western counterparts. However, most English material on the subject was written decades or centuries ago where there was inadequate understanding of China. There are very limited books written in English about the topic by Chinese scholars. This book is a short primer to introduce the viewpoints of the Chinese scholars and also introduce the rich culture associated with Xiangqi.
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UTE 2:  Basic Introduction and the Basic Kills

The second instalment in the series is a short primer introducting the game and also the basic kills. The basic kills is the most important subject to learn for the beginner and there are over thirty different combinations to master.
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UTE 3: Endgame Introduction and Endgame Tabia

The third instalment is divided into two different volumes which focus on the endgame phase. Because there is no queening in Xiangqi, the endgame phase can be studied with respect to the various combinations left on the board. There are specific ways of winning or forcing a draw in various situations which have been discussed in the book. Such situations are called Endgame Tabia which represents another fundamental skills in Xiangqi.

Because of the sheer size of the content, the book has been divided into two thick volumes.
Links to UTE 3a: Print version, Ebook version.
Links to UTE 3b: Print version, Ebook version.