2010-08-19 08:04:26 UTC
Recently I played a game of Chinese chess against a friend where I
ended with a single horse, and he with just his 2 mandarins
(obviously, the generals were there too). I couldn't force a check-
mate (both of us are just starting to play the game) and we were
wondering if it were possible, when played perfectly, if my single
horse (with the help of my general) could win the game.
I suppose it might depend on the position of the pieces and whose turn
it is, so let's say that all pieces (red general, red mandarin, red
mandarin, black general and black horse) are all in the position they
originally started and the defending party is next to move: in other
words: there is enough time to make a good defense around the general.
My questions are:
1 - can black win the game?
2 - if so, how?
3 - is there an online list that states what material is needed to win
a game and when it will be a draw?
Thanks in advance!