Chinese Chess board game against a computer opponent. To win you need to capture the general of your opponent. Xiangqi, also called Chinese chess or Elephant chess, is a strategy board game for two players. It is one of the most popular board games in China. The game represents a battle between two armies, with the object of capturing the enemy's general. Distinctive features of xiangqi include the cannon, which must jump to capture, a rule prohibiting the generals from facing each other directly, areas on the board called the river and palace, which restrict the movement of some pieces, and placement of the pieces on the intersections of the board lines, rather than within the squares.