The Name Chess in Chinese / Japanese...

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Chess 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 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 your wall in your game room.

seiyoushougi
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).

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).

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.


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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
Chessgoqí / qi2 / qich`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
The Game of Weiqi
Weichi
Go
圍棋
围棋
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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Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition

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    qi2
ch`i
    chi
 go
    ご
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
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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    ma3
ma
 uma(p); ima(ok); oma(ok); uma
    うま(P); いま(ok); おま(ok); ウマ
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
horse; CL:匹[pi3]; horse or cavalry piece in Chinese chess; knight in Western chess
(1) horse; (2) (うま only) (See 競馬・けいば) horse racing; (3) (うま only) (abbreviation) {shogi} (See 竜馬・りゅうめ・2) promoted bishop; (surname) Me
aśva, a horse; a stallion; one of the seven treasures of a sovereign.

丁丁

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zhēng zhēng
    zheng1 zheng1
cheng cheng
 toutou / toto
    とうとう
    chouchou / chocho
    ちょうちょう
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
sound of chopping wood, chess pieces hitting the board etc
(adv,n) clashing of swords; felling of trees; ringing of an ax

将棋

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 shougi / shogi
    しょうぎ
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
shogi; Japanese chess; xianqi

ルーク

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 ruuku / ruku
    ルーク
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
rook (chess piece); (personal name) Luc; Luke

西洋棋

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xī yáng qí
    xi1 yang2 qi2
hsi yang ch`i
    hsi yang chi
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
chess

西洋将棋

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 seiyoushougi / seyoshogi
    せいようしょうぎ
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Scroll
(dated) (See チェス) chess

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shì
    shi4
shih
 shi
    し
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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    zu2
tsu
 sotsu
    そつ
soldier; servant; to finish; to die; finally; at last; pawn in Chinese chess
(1) low-ranking soldier; (2) (abbreviation) (See 卒業・2) graduation; outgrowing; moving on (from); (3) (abbreviation) (See 卒族) low-ranking samurai (1870-1872); (4) (abbreviation) (See 卒去) death (of a noble, etc.); (given name) Sosu
suddenly

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zhāo
    zhao1
chao
 shō
    まねき
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; to invite

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píng
    ping2
p`ing
    ping
chess-like game


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pán
    pan2
p`an
    pan
 ban
    ばん
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
(n,n-suf) (1) disk; disc; record; clock face; (n,n-suf) (2) tray; shallow bowl; (n,n-suf) (3) grid; board (e.g. in shogi); (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; a dish

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guà
    gua4
kua
 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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    pu3
p`u
    pu
 fu
    ふ
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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    ju1
chü
 sha
    しゃ
war chariot (archaic); rook (in Chinese chess); rook (in chess)
(suffix noun) car; vehicle; (surname) Chiya
A cart, wheeled conveyance.


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    ju1
chü
 koma
    こま
colt
(1) piece (in shogi, chess, etc.); (2) (archaism) horse; foal; (3) bridge (of a violin, etc.); (surname) Komazaki

上辺

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 jouhen / johen
    じょうへん
upper side (go, chess, othello board); (surname) Uwabe

下棋

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

下辺

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 kahen
    かへん
lower side (go, chess, othello board); (surname) Shimobe

中局

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

中盤


中盘

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zhōng pán
    zhong1 pan2
chung p`an
    chung pan
 chuuban / chuban
    ちゅうばん
middle game (in go or chess); (share trading) mid-session; (abbr. for 中盤商|中盘商[zhong1 pan2 shang1]) distributor; wholesaler; middleman
middle stage; middle phase; middle game; midfield

佈局


布局

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

博弈

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

右辺

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

名手

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míng shǒu
    ming2 shou3
ming shou
 meishu / meshu
    めいしゅ
master; famous artist or sportsman
(1) master; expert; (2) expert board game player (chess, go, shogi, etc.); (place-name, surname) Nate

和棋

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hé qí
    he2 qi2
ho ch`i
    ho chi
draw or tie in chess etc; CL:盤|盘[pan2]

國手


国手

see styles
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

國棋


国棋

see styles
guó qí
    guo2 qi2
kuo ch`i
    kuo chi
abbr. for 國際象棋|国际象棋, chess

城堡

see styles
chéng bǎo
    cheng2 bao3
ch`eng pao
    cheng pao
castle; rook (chess piece)

夾擊


夹击

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jiā jī
    jia1 ji1
chia chi
pincer attack; attack from two or more sides; converging attack; attack on a flank; fork in chess, with one piece making two attacks

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