xiang qi vs chess
xiang qi is good for people who are strong in tactics whereas chess is more suitable for those who are good in strategy. xiang qi is like a chess with no "opening stage", it thrust you quickly into the midgame of chess. this explains why the xiangqi player often excel at the midgame of chess and mate the chess game with not much of an endgame. but a very experienced chess player will able to parry off all those attacking often sacrificial moves, and a xiang qi player will be left with a material imbalance. then the chess player can force more material exchange and force a queening of the pawn and thus leave a xiangqi player bewildered as he's not use to pawn promotion. once the material advantage is overwhelmed, mate is imminent!
below is a book that talks abt the differences. i wont said its a good book because its quite hard to understand for me but it will help to answer some of yr questions abt the diff between xiangqi & chess:
Chinese School of Chess
by Liu Wenzhe
Though some of the earliest forms of chess are to be found in Ancient China, its entry into world tournament play came only in the latter part of the 19th century. In 1978, author Liu Wenzhe became the first Chinese player to defeat a western grandmaster and subsequently gained a reputation as China?s top chess trainer. He is thus ideally equipped to chart the dramatic progress of Chinese players over the past twenty five years, during which time we have seen Xie Jun and Zhu Chen become world women?s champions, Bu Xianghzi the youngest grandmaster of all time at 14 years of age and China?s leading men players performing at a consistently high standard and defeating even world champions in tournament play.This important work reveals for the first time the unique approach, training methods and secrets of the Chinese School of Chess, based on the Art of Thinking which has given Chinese players a quite distinctive style from their western counterparts.
About the Author
Liu Wenzhe is a former Chinese Olympic player and founder of the Chinese School of Chess.