Meaning of Chinese chess

Chi'nese chess'

Pronunciation: [key]
  1. a Chinese game, resembling chess, played on a board consisting of two halves, each eight squares by four, with a strip separating them: pieces representing the military of ancient China are placed on the intersections of the lines and the game is won when a general is checkmated.
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