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Chess in Chinese / Japanese...

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China xī yáng qí
Chess Vertical 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).


Japan seiyoushougi
Chess Vertical 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).


Japan go
Chess Vertical 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.

The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go

China wéi qí
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical 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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If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Simple Dictionary Definition

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Mandarin/ qi2
Taiwan ch`i / chi
Japanese go / ご
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese chess; chess-like game; a game of chess; CL:盤|盘[pan2]; chess piece; CL:個|个[ge4],顆|颗[ke1]
Japanese go (board game of capturing territory)

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Mandarin/ ma3
Taiwan ma
Japanese uma(p);ima(ok);oma(ok);uma / うま(P);いま(ok);おま(ok);ウマ
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese horse; CL:匹[pi3]; horse or cavalry piece in Chinese chess; knight in Western chess; surname Ma; abbr. for Malaysia 馬來西亞|马来西亚[Ma3 lai2 xi1 ya4]
Japanese (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; (surname) Mazaki; (surname) Masaki; (surname) Ma; (surname) Ba; (given name) Takeshi; (surname) Takama; (surname) Kura; (surname) Uma
aśva, a horse; a stallion; one of the seven treasures of a sovereign.


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Mandarin zhēng zhēng // dīng dīng / zheng1 zheng1 // ding1 ding1
Taiwan cheng cheng // ting ting
Japanese toutou / toto / とうとう    chouchou / chocho / ちょうちょう
The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go Vertical Wall Scroll
Chinese sound of chopping wood, chess pieces hitting the board etc; Tintin, cartoon character
Japanese (adv,n) clashing of swords; felling of trees; ringing of an ax


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


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


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

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Mandarin shì / shi4
Taiwan shih
Japanese shi / し
Chinese to serve as an official; an official; the two chess pieces in Chinese chess guarding the "general" or "king" 將|将[jiang4]
Japanese official; civil service; (given name) Tsukou

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Mandarin zú // cù / zu2 // cu4
Taiwan tsu // ts`u / tsu // tsu
Japanese sotsu / そつ
Chinese soldier; servant; to finish; to die; finally; at last; pawn in Chinese chess; variant of 猝[cu4]
Japanese (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

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Mandarin qiāng // jiàng // jiāng / qiang1 // jiang4 // jiang1
Taiwan ch`iang // chiang / chiang // chiang
Japanese masaru / まさる    masashi / まさし    susumu / すすむ
Chinese to desire; to invite; to request; general; commander-in-chief (military); king (chess piece); to command; to lead; will; shall; to use; to take; to checkmate; just a short while ago; (introduces object of main verb, used in the same way as 把[ba3])
Japanese (given name) Masaru; (personal name) Masashi; (personal name) Susumu

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Mandarin zhāo / zhao1
Taiwan chao
Japanese maneki / まねき    katsunori / かつのり    katsunari / かつなり    katsue / かつえ    akira / あきら
Chinese to recruit; to provoke; to beckon; to incur; to infect; contagious; a move (chess); a maneuver; device; trick; to confess
Japanese (surname) Maneki; (personal name) Katsunori; (personal name) Katsunari; (personal name) Katsue; (personal name) Akira
Call, beckon, notify, cause; confess; to invite

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Mandarin píng / ping2
Taiwan p`ing / ping
Chinese chess-like game

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Mandarin pán / pan2
Taiwan p`an / pan
Japanese ban / ばん
Chinese 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
Japanese (n,n-suf) (1) disk; disc; record; clock face; (2) tray; shallow bowl; (3) grid; board (e.g. in shogi); (personal name) Ban; (given name) Iwao
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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Mandarin guà / gua4
Taiwan kua
Japanese kei;ke(ok) / ke;ke(ok) / けい;け(ok)
Chinese squares of a chess board
Japanese line; rule

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Mandarin zhù // zhuó // zhe // zháo // zhāo / zhu4 // zhuo2 // zhe5 // zhao2 // zhao1
Taiwan chu // cho // che // chao
Japanese cho / ちょ
Chinese to make known; to show; to prove; to write; book; outstanding; to wear (clothes); to contact; to use; to apply; aspect particle indicating action in progress; to touch; to come in contact with; to feel; to be affected by; to catch fire; to burn; (coll.) to fall asleep; (after a verb) hitting the mark; succeeding in; (chess) move; trick; all right!; (dialect) to add
Japanese (1) work; book; (suffix) (2) (a book) by; (noun or adjectival noun) (3) obvious; striking; (personal name) Akira
To manifest, display, publish, fix; interchanged with 着. In a Buddhist sense it is used for attachment to anything, e.g. the attachment of love, desire, greed, etc.; To cover, put on; cause; place; complete; ought, must; zhuo2] ; zhuó] ; attachment ; ; making known

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Mandarin/ pu3
Taiwan p`u / pu
Japanese fu / ふ
Chinese chart; list; table; register; score (music); spectrum (physics); to set to music
Japanese (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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Mandarin jū // chē / ju1 // che1
Taiwan chü // ch`e / chü // che
Japanese sha / しゃ    kuruma / くるま
Chinese war chariot (archaic); rook (in Chinese chess); rook (in chess); car; vehicle; CL:輛|辆[liang4]; machine; to shape with a lathe; surname Che
Japanese (suffix noun) car; vehicle; (1) car; automobile; vehicle; (2) wheel; (surname) Chiya; (surname) Cha; (surname) Shiya; (surname) Sha; (surname) Kuruma
A cart, wheeled conveyance.

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Mandarin/ ju1
Taiwan chü
Japanese koma / こま
Chinese colt
Japanese (1) piece (in shogi, chess, etc.); (2) (archaism) horse; foal; (3) bridge (of a violin, etc.); (surname) Komazaki; (surname) Komasaki; (given name) Komaki; (surname) Koma


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Mandarin xià qí / xia4 qi2
Taiwan hsia ch`i / hsia chi
Chinese to play chess


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Mandarin zhōng jú / zhong1 ju2
Taiwan chung chü
Chinese middle game (in go or chess)



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Mandarin zhōng pán / zhong1 pan2
Taiwan chung p`an / chung pan
Japanese chuuban / chuban / ちゅうばん
Chinese circling in midstream; in the middle of a tray; middle game (in go or chess)
Japanese (n-adv,n) middle (stage)



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Mandarin bù jú / bu4 ju2
Taiwan pu chü
Chinese arrangement; composition; layout; opening (chess jargon)


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


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


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



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Mandarin guó qí / guo2 qi2
Taiwan kuo ch`i / kuo chi
Chinese abbr. for 國際象棋|国际象棋, chess


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Mandarin chéng bǎo / cheng2 bao3
Taiwan ch`eng pao / cheng pao
Chinese castle; rook (chess piece)



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Mandarin jiā jī / jia1 ji1
Taiwan chia chi
Chinese 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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Mandarin jiā gōng / jia1 gong1
Taiwan chia kung
Chinese attack from two sides; pincer movement; converging attack; attack on a flank; fork in chess, with one piece making two attacks


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


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Japanese yose / よせ Japanese (1) last moves (in go, shogi, or chess); endgame; (suffix noun) (2) gathering; collecting; coming together

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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
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