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The Name Chess in Chinese / Japanese...

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Quick links to words on this page...

  1. Chess
  2. King
  3. Shogi
  4. Soldiers
  5. Warrior
  6. The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go


Chess

China
Japan go
Chess Wall Scroll

棋 is the most simple or generic way to write "chess" in Asia. 棋 is parts of other more specific words for board games of strategy such as the western version of chess, Chinese chess, Weiqi, or Go.

In Japanese, this single character is pronounced "Go" and often refers to game known in the west as "Go" (not just the 5-in-a-row version but also the complicated encirclement game of strategy known in China as Weiqi).

In Chinese, this can be more ambiguous as to which game of chess you speak.

If you like any version of chess, or games of intense strategy, this can be the character to hang on your wall in your game room.

Chess

Japan seiyoushougi
Chess Wall Scroll

西洋将棋 is the Japanese title for the game of Chess (western style as opposed to Chinese Chess, Weiqi, or Japanese Go).

Chess

China xī yáng qí
Chess Wall Scroll

西洋棋 is the Chinese title for the game of Chess (western style as opposed to Chinese Chess, Weiqi, or Japanese Go).

King

China wáng
HK wong
Japan ou
King Wall Scroll

王 is wang which means king. It is not pronounced the way you think in Chinese. It is more like English-speakers would want to pronounce wong. It has roughly the same vowel sound as tong, song, or long in English.

Note that this means king only, not emperor. An emperor is higher than a king, and theoretically is chosen by God, according to ancient Chinese culture. However, the definition is often blurred at various points in Asian history.

王 can also be defined as ruler, sovereign, monarch or magnate. It is also can refer to a game piece in the chess-like Japanese strategic game of shoji.

Note: This can also be a family name in Chinese, Korean and Vietnamese (in Vietnamese it's Vương).


See Also:  Queen

Shogi

China jiāng qí
Japan shou gi
Shogi Wall Scroll

将棋 is the title for shogi or Japanese chess.

Soldiers

China bīng
Japan hei
Soldiers Wall Scroll

兵 can be used to express soldiers, troops, a force, an army, weapons, arms, military, warfare, tactics, strategy, or warlike. The final meaning depends on context. It's also part of the Chinese title for the Terracotta soldiers. In fact, this character is usually used in compound words (words of more than one character). Sometimes this single character is the title used for the pawns in a chess game (in a related issue, this is also a nickname for soldiers with the rank of Private).


See Also:  Military | Warrior

Warrior

China wǔ shì
Japan bu shi
Warrior Wall Scroll

The first character is the spirit or essence of a warrior. The second character means soldier, officer, or official. 武士 is also used appropriately enough to describe a piece of a chess game. This can also be translated as soldier, cavalier, palace guard, or samurai and sometimes as knight. I've occasionally seen this translated as strong man or tough man (gender not necessarily implied).

By far, this is the most common way to write warrior in Chinese characters, Japanese Kanji, and old Korean Hanja.

Note: In Japanese, this is Bushi, as in Bushido.


See Also:  Knight | Army | Marines | Samurai

The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go

China wéi qí
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Wall Scroll

圍棋 is the Chinese title for the ancient game of strategy known as Weiqi or Wei Chi in Chinese, and Go in Japanese.


碁 Note: In Japanese, this game is known by a different single Kanji as seen to the right. If you want this Japanese "Go" character, click the Kanji to the right instead of the button above.




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The following table may be helpful for those studying Chinese or Japanese...

Title CharactersRomaji(Romanized Japanese)Various forms of Romanized Chinese
Chess goqí / qi2 / qi ch`i / chi
Chess 西洋将棋seiyoushougi
seiyoshogi
Chess 西洋棋xī yáng qí
xi1 yang2 qi2
xi yang qi
xiyangqi
hsi yang ch`i
hsiyangchi
hsi yang chi
King ou / owáng / wang2 / wang
Shogi 将棋shou gi / shougi / sho gi / shogijiāng qí / jiang1 qi2 / jiang qi / jiangqi chiang ch`i / chiangchi / chiang chi
Soldiers heibīng / bing1 / bing ping
Warrior 武士bu shi / bushiwǔ shì / wu3 shi4 / wu shi / wushi wu shih / wushih
The Game of Weiqi
Weichi
Go
圍棋
围棋
wéi qí / wei2 qi2 / wei qi / weiqi wei ch`i / weichi / wei chi
In some entries above you will see that characters have different versions above and below a line.
In these cases, the characters above the line are Traditional Chinese, while the ones below are Simplified Chinese.

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When the calligrapher finishes creating your artwork, it is taken to my art mounting workshop in Beijing where a wall scroll is made by hand from a combination of silk, rice paper, and wood.
After we create your wall scroll, it takes at least two weeks for air mail delivery from Beijing to you.

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A nice Chinese calligraphy wall scroll

The wall scroll that Sandy is holding in this picture is a "large size"
single-character wall scroll.
We also offer custom wall scrolls in small, medium, and an even-larger jumbo size.

A professional Chinese Calligrapher

Professional calligraphers are getting to be hard to find these days.
Instead of drawing characters by hand, the new generation in China merely type roman letters into their computer keyboards and pick the character that they want from a list that pops up.

There is some fear that true Chinese calligraphy may become a lost art in the coming years. Many art institutes in China are now promoting calligraphy programs in hopes of keeping this unique form of art alive.

Trying to learn Chinese calligrapher - a futile effort

Even with the teachings of a top-ranked calligrapher in China, my calligraphy will never be good enough to sell. I will leave that to the experts.

A high-ranked Chinese master calligrapher that I met in Zhongwei

The same calligrapher who gave me those lessons also attracted a crowd of thousands and a TV crew as he created characters over 6-feet high. He happens to be ranked as one of the top 100 calligraphers in all of China. He is also one of very few that would actually attempt such a feat.


Check out my lists of Japanese Kanji Calligraphy Wall Scrolls and Old Korean Hanja Calligraphy Wall Scrolls.

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