In our previous post – Whole board seki game 1 – we showed a game which ended with seki positions all over the board.
Today we’d like to share its sister game and some background information with you, thanks to tchan001.
Two ancient Chinese games from the Ming dynasty
The games are from an ancient Chinese Go book from the Ming Dynasty (China, 1368-1644 AD) called 万汇仙机 (wàn huì xiān jī). This roughly translates to “Innumerable Opportunities from the Immortals”.
The name of the game record is 奕夺先天图 (yì duó xiān tiān tú) – if any readers are good with classical Chinese, please let us know what the translation of this is.
The diagonal star points opening, with four stones starting on the star points, is typical of Chinese weiqi during this era. During this period, a game of Go was usually setup with the four stones already in position like this and white would then play first.
Once again, we hope you enjoy this beautiful game. Let us know what you think!