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an early Chinese Chess program by Nick Jacobs which was commercially available in 1988 for the IBM PC running under DOS, later also ported to Windows [1]. Xian played the 1st Computer Olympiad,London 1989 [2]. Xian guarantees never to make an illegal repetitive move, but still lacks the knowledge to handle cases when a repetition would be legal - and in some cases it allows the opponent to make an illegal repetitive move [3].


Xian's DOS Screen with on-line tutorial [4]

Selected Publications

Forum Posts

External Links


  1. ^ Re: rec.games.chinese-chess FAQ (Part 2 of 2) by Nick Jacobs, rec.games.chinese-chess, December 19, 1994
  2. ^ Xian's ICGA Tournaments
  3. ^ Chun Ye, Tony Marsland (1992). Selective Extensions in Game-Tree Search. Heuristic Programming in AI 3, pdf
  4. ^ Robert Nisonoff, M. Stephanie Ricks (1988). To Catch a King: East Meets West in the Game of Chess. PC Magazine, October 31, 1988, pp. 506

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