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Thursday, June 23, 2005

Ancient Chinese go stories

The English edition of the Korea Times has published a short collection of ancient go, a.k.a. weiqi in China and baduk in Korea, anecdotes from China. Here's the introduction:

"The 4,000 years of baduk has left ample anecdotes and lessons surrounding the most creative game invented by humans in the world. The following stories provide us with a quick glance at how Chinese have traditionally looked and enjoyed the board game. The next series is on the Korean ancient stories."


Ruilong said...

Thanks Chris for the interesting posting about weiqi aka go. This strategic board game is very popular in China, Korea and Japan and originated in China as you mentioned. The board is marked by a grid of 19 horizontal and 19 vertical lines to form 361 intersections. Of the 361 pieces, 181 are black stones and 180 are white. The player with the black stones begins by placing a stone on any intersection. The players alternate turns. The object for each player is to form an "eye" to completely encircle the opposing player's stones. The stones within the eye are then removed from the board. Scores are tallied by subtracting the number of stones a player has lost from the number of stones the player has remaining on the board.

thrashor said...

I know! Go is an amazing game. I have been adicted to it for a few years now. The game is among China's greatest gifts to the world.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed the stories, thanks for the link.

The Go Link Explorer

thrashor said...

Don't thank me, thank the Korea Times!

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