Animal Chess (Dou Shou Qi, Jungle Chess) is a traditional Chinese game played on a seven by nine board. No information is yet available about the history of this curious game. It may be a development of Chinese Chess comparable to Draughts in Europe.
Each player has eight animals: Elephant, Lion, Tiger, Panther, Wolf, Dog, Cat, and Rat with strengths or powers of 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, and 1, respectively. A more powerful animal can eat a weaker one.
The goal is either to move any of one’s animals into the opponent’s den or eat all of his/her animals.
Each board is made of 11-ply premium ¾” (1.895 cm) thick Birch plywood for long-term durability. Since wood is a natural product, each board has a unique grain making it one-of-a-kind. The boards are sold as either unstained or stained. The stained boards are satin clear-coated for maximum protection and easy cleaning. Each game comes with two sets of distinctly colored game pieces as well as detailed rules and how-to-play instructions booklet. The colors of game pieces are subject to availability.
Dimensions: 31.375″ X 23.375″, 79.7 cm X 59.4 cm
Average Weight: 10.33 lbs, 4.68 kgs
Board Stain Color: Light Walnut
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