Can move one space vertically or horizontally (i.e. left, right,
forward, backward) at a time.
The King cannot move diagonally.
The King may never leave his or its palace or fortress.
The King cannot move to a position that is under enemy attack.
Attacks on Kings or Checks must be cancelled or parried immediately.
A Check which cannot be parried results in mate.
Rules for the Counselor
The counselor is, like the King, confined to the palace-fortress. He
can move one point diagonally.
Rules for the Elephant or Minister
The minister or elephant can move exactly two points in any diagonal
direction. This piece can be blocked by another piece on any
intervening square, and is not allowed to cross the river.
The horse can move first one point along the horizontal-vertical lines,
and then one point diagonally. This is similar to the Knight in
traditional Iranian chess. However, the Chinese horse can be blocked
by an intervening piece.
The chariot moves exactly as the rook in classical Iranian chess.
Cannon or Catapult
It moves exactly like the chariot or rook when not capturing a piece.
But to capture a piece it must have a piece to jump over.
This piece can move one point forward.
After it crosses the river, it can also move to the right and left.
However, it can never move b ackward.