In1984, the Asian Xiangqi Federation (AXF) approved a set of Graphic Xiangqi as part of their effort to promote xiangqi to the world, in particular, the non-Mandarin speaking communities. However, the project was not sustained for some reasons. The AXF design of Graphic Xiangqi has gradually faded out of our memory since 1995.
During its 40th anniversary celebrations held in Xingyang, China this year, the subject of Graphic Xiangqi was raised at a meeting of the council members present. A resolution was then reached to revive the Graphic Xiangqi project. The Singapore Xiangqi General Association is the first member association who has responded positively to this move. It has plan to organise a National Open Tournament using Graphic Xiangqi in 2019 in conjunction with the Racial Harmony Day (21 July).
The dynamic xiangqi board created by dpxq.com (东萍网) is a very useful tool for presenting xiangqi games, be it game commentary, endgame study or tournament game webcast. The owner of dpxq.com is Mr Chen Guang (nick name Dong Xie) for whom I have highest respect. We have chatted online, but never met. When I asked his consent for replacing the pieces with the AXF graphic set, he gladly passed me some useful technical details that enable me to import the graphic pieces into the DP dynamic board.
Here is my first webpage presenting a brief game annotation using the full size DP dynamic board. It is the game between WGM Tang Dan and the veteran GM Liu DaHua played in the recent “Baobao” Cup Xiangqi Masters Open Invitational Tournament.