Chinese Chess in Chinese...

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  1. Chess

  2. The Game of Weiqi / Weichi / Go

  3. Shogi

  4. Soldiers

  5. Warrior

  6. King


 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).

 qí
 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.

 jiāng qí
 shou gi
Shogi Scroll

将棋 is the title for shogi or Japanese chess.

 bīng
 hei
 
Soldiers 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

 wǔ shì
 bu shi
Warrior Scroll

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

By far, 武士 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

 wáng
 wong
 ou
 
King 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 the 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




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Below are some entries from our dictionary that may match your chinese chess search...

Characters

If shown, 2nd row is Simp. Chinese

Pronunciation
Romanization
Simple Dictionary Definition


see styles

    ma3
ma
 me
    め

More info & calligraphy:

Horse
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.

see styles
shì
    shi4
shih
 tsukou / tsuko
    つこう
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

see styles

    zu2
tsu
 sosu
    そす
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
suddenly


see styles

    ju1
chü
 chiya
    ちや
war chariot (archaic); rook (in Chinese chess); rook (in chess)
(n-suf,ctr) car; vehicle; (surname) Chiya
A cart, wheeled conveyance.

將帥


将帅

see styles
jiàng shuài
    jiang4 shuai4
chiang shuai
commander-in-chief, the equivalent of king in Chinese chess

徐俊

see styles
xú jun
    xu2 jun4
hsü chün
Xu Jun (1962-), Chinese Chinese chess grandmaster

棋具

see styles
qí jù
    qi2 ju4
ch`i chü
    chi chü
checkers (board and pieces for go 圍棋|围棋 or Chinese chess 象棋 etc)

老將


老将

see styles
lǎo jiàng
    lao3 jiang4
lao chiang
lit. old general; commander-in-chief 將帥|将帅, the equivalent of king in Chinese chess; fig. old-timer; veteran
See: 老将

象棋

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

軍棋


军棋

see styles
jun qí
    jun1 qi2
chün ch`i
    chün chi
land battle chess, Chinese board game similar to Stratego

四色牌

see styles
 suusoopai / susoopai
    スーソーパイ
four-color cards (Chinese playing cards) (chi: sì sè pái); four-suited chess cards

象棋賽


象棋赛

see styles
xiàng qí sài
    xiang4 qi2 sai4
hsiang ch`i sai
    hsiang chi sai
Chinese chess tournament

中国将棋

see styles
 chuugokushougi / chugokushogi
    ちゅうごくしょうぎ
Chinese chess; xiangqi

中国象棋

see styles
 chuugokushougi / chugokushogi
    ちゅうごくしょうぎ
Chinese chess; xiangqi

捨車保帥


舍车保帅

see styles
shě jū bǎo shuài
    she3 ju1 bao3 shuai4
she chü pao shuai
rook sacrifice to save the king (in Chinese chess); fig. to protect a senior figure by blaming an underling; to pass the buck

Variations:
中国将棋
中国象棋

see styles
 chuugokushougi / chugokushogi
    ちゅうごくしょうぎ
Chinese chess; xiangqi

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
xiyangqi
hsi yang ch`i
hsiyangchi
hsi yang chi
Chessgoqí / qi2 / qich`i / chi
The Game of Weiqi
Weichi
Go
圍棋
围棋
wéi qí / wei2 qi2 / wei qi / weiqiwei ch`i / weichi / wei chi
Shogi将棋shou gi / shougi / sho gijiāng qí / jiang1 qi2 / jiang qi / jiangqichiang ch`i / chiangchi / chiang chi
Soldiersheibīng / bing1 / bingping
Warrior武士bu shi / bushiwǔ shì / wu3 shi4 / wu shi / wushiwu shih / wushih
Kingou / owáng / wang2 / wang
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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