The name Chess in Chinese / Japanese...

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 xī yáng qí
Chess Scroll

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

Chess 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 Scroll

棋 is the most simple or generic way to write “chess” in Asia.

棋 is part 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 the 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 the wall in your game room.

The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go

 wéi qí
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go 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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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your chess search...


If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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chess; chess-like game; a game of chess; CL:盤|盘[pan2]; chess piece; CL:個|个[ge4],顆|颗[ke1]
go (board game of capturing territory)

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horse; CL:匹[pi3]; horse or cavalry piece in Chinese chess; knight in Western chess
(1) horse; (2) (See 競馬) horse racing; (3) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 竜馬・2) promoted bishop; (4) {cards} knight (court card in mekuri karuta and unsun karuta); (surname) Me
aśva, a horse; a stallion; one of the seven treasures of a sovereign.

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 tsukou / tsuko
to serve as an official; an official; the two chess pieces in Chinese chess guarding the "general" or "king" 將|将[jiang4]
official; civil service; (given name) Tsukou

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(bound form) commander-in-chief; (bound form) to lead; to command; handsome; graceful; dashing; elegant; (coll.) cool!; sweet!; (Chinese chess) general (on the red side, equivalent to a king in Western chess)
(See 大宰府) director of the Dazaifu; (given name) Tsukasa

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plate; dish; tray; board; hard drive (computing); to build; to coil; to check; to examine; to transfer (property); to make over; classifier for food: dish, helping; to coil; classifier for coils of wire; classifier for games of chess
(1) board (in shogi, go, chess, etc.); (2) (phonograph) record; disc; disk; (suffix noun) (3) board; panel; plate; (personal name) Ban
A dish, plate; round, to coil, wind up; to go about, travel, convey; to inquire about, interrogate. Translit. pa, ba, bha, va; cf. 般, 半, etc.

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war chariot (archaic); rook (in Chinese chess); rook (in chess)
(n-suf,ctr) car; vehicle; (surname) Chiya
A cart, wheeled conveyance.


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miào shǒu
    miao4 shou3
miao shou
 myoushu / myoshu
miraculous hands of a healer; highly skilled person; brilliant move in chess or weiqi (go) 圍棋|围棋
(1) spectacular move (chess, shogi, etc.); brilliant move; (2) expert; virtuoso; master


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xiàng qí
    xiang4 qi2
hsiang ch`i
    hsiang chi
 shanchii / shanchi
Chinese chess; CL:副[fu4]
(See 中国将棋) xiangqi (chi: xiàngqí); Chinese chess


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chess; (personal name) Chess


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speed chess; blitz chess


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zhēng zhēng
    zheng1 zheng1
cheng cheng
 toutou / toto
    chouchou / chocho

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sound of chopping wood, chess pieces hitting the board etc
(adv,n) clashing of swords; felling of trees; ringing of an ax


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 shougi / shogi

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shogi; Japanese chess; xianqi


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 ruuku / ruku

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rook (chess piece); (personal name) Luc; Luke


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xī yáng qí
    xi1 yang2 qi2
hsi yang ch`i
    hsi yang chi

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 seiyoushougi / seyoshogi

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(dated) (See チェス) chess

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soldier; servant; to finish; to die; finally; at last; pawn in Chinese chess
(1) (hist) low-ranking soldier; (n-suf,n) (2) (abbreviation) (See 卒業・1) graduation; (n-suf,n-pref) (3) (abbreviation) (See 卒業・2) moving on (from); outgrowing (something); (4) (abbreviation) (hist) (See 卒族) low-ranking samurai (1870-1872); (5) (abbreviation) (See 卒去) death (of a noble, etc.); (given name) Sosu

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to recruit; to provoke; to beckon; to incur; to infect; contagious; a move (chess); a maneuver; device; trick; to confess
(surname) Maneki
Call, beckon, notify, cause; confess.

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chess-like game

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 kei; ke(ok) / ke; ke(ok)
    けい; け(ok)
squares of a chess board
(1) rule; (ruled) line; (2) line (on a go board, shogi board, etc.)

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chart; list; table; register; score (music); spectrum (physics); to set to music
(1) (sheet) music; (musical) note; (musical) score; (2) genealogy; family tree; (3) (abbreviation) (See 棋譜) record of a game of go, shogi, chess, etc.

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(1) piece (in shogi, chess, etc.); (2) (archaism) horse; foal; (3) bridge (of a violin, etc.); (surname) Komazaki


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upper side (go, chess, othello board); (surname) Uwabe


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xià qí
    xia4 qi2
hsia ch`i
    hsia chi
to play chess


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zhōng jú
    zhong1 ju2
chung chü
middle game (in go or chess)



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zhōng pán
    zhong1 pan2
chung p`an
    chung pan
 chuuban / chuban
middle game (in go or chess); (share trading) mid-session; (abbr. for 中盤商|中盘商[zhong1 pan2 shang1]) distributor; wholesaler; middleman
(1) middle stage; middle phase; middle game; midpoint; (2) {sports} midfield (in soccer)



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bù jú
    bu4 ju2
pu chü
arrangement; composition; layout; opening (chess jargon)


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bó yì
    bo2 yi4
po i
games (such as chess, dice etc); gambling; contest


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(1) {math} (See 左辺・1) right side (of an equation, expression, etc.); RHS; (2) right side (go, chess, othello board)


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hé qí
    he2 qi2
ho ch`i
    ho chi
drawn game (in chess or other board game); CL:盤|盘[pan2]



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guó shǒu
    guo2 shou3
kuo shou
(sports) member of the national team; national representative; (medicine, chess etc) one of the most highly skilled practitioners in one's country

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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西洋棋xī yáng qí
xi1 yang2 qi2
xi yang qi
hsi yang ch`i
hsi yang chi
Chessgoqí / qi2 / qich`i / chi
The Game of Weiqi
wéi qí / wei2 qi2 / wei qi / weiqiwei 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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The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll

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The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical Portrait
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Horizontal Wall Scroll
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical Portrait

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