new online contest based on Chinese Chess (Xiangqi). I haven't tried it yet, but it looks fairly brutal.
The goal is to use the opening setup shown above, and then "determine the number of different positions that can occur after the first player’s (Red’s) second move in a game of xiangqi, if both of Red’s moves are made with cannons. That is, after Red moves a cannon, Black replies with any legal move by any piece, and Red moves a cannon again (either the same cannon as before or the other one), how many different positions can appear on the board?"
Check out the site for the full instructions and details on how to enter the contest. The prizes are a year's subscription to Games Magazine. Deadline is July 1st.
NOTE: This is a republication of a post lost by the Blogger software. Originally posted 5/12/2011.