Images of olden times


Yin-Yang fighting:




They, off course, can’t be fighting really, because Yin and Yang are always in balance… A Perfect Circle…


I thought one was male and the other one female.


Thats just one of the dualities, but there are many more:

Complementary Energies. Yin-Yang energies are often thought of as dualities or polar opposites. Dark-light, cold-hot, female-male, matter-spirit, earth-heaven, down-up, soft-hard, closing-opening, and yielding-aggressive are other ways of characterizing these forces. However, one can also think of these energies as complementary, and sharing a common source.



Two Chinese scrolls from the Art Institute of Chicago.

It’s interesting to note that the board dimensions in these scenes appear to be 25x17. I’m curious if anyone knows if this was just the artist’s choice, or if this was actually the standard size of the time?


I’d assume that the artist probably wasn’t a Weiqi player … AFAIK, before 19x19 was established as standard board size, they played on 17x17.



Description : Stone Go board excavated in 1952 from the Han dynasty tomb M1 at Wangdu 望都 in Hebei province.

Date : Late Eastern Han period (25–220).

Size : 69 × 69 cm.

Grid : 17×17, with the five primary star points marked.


Cats and Go, what more do you need?


“Black Moyo”?

(ref: another thread)


…and tea, it would appear.



Cats again :wink:


I thought I finally had found a community where I wouldn’t have to look at pictures with cute cats. No such luck it seems. :wink:


Fooled You! :rofl:



Qí 棋 is a board game and art form which is now called wéiqí (圍棋) in Chinese (go in Japan and the West), literally meaning “surrounding game.” Current definitions of qí cover a wide range of board games, and given that in classical Chinese qí could also refer to other games, some argue that the qí in the four arts could refer to xiangqi.[1] However, xiangqi is often considered a popular “game of the people,” whereas wéiqí was a game with aristocratic connotations.


These remind me a lot of DGT (digital transmission) chessboards, which are used to transmit the move of a pro game live to a website like Chess24. When received by the website, they’re displayed automatically onto an interface. I had always just assumed that because of the light stones and smaller playing spaces on a goban (DGT boards use the weight of the pieces to track the moves, afaik), the technology was simply impractical for use on them. But this has gotten me thinking again: why not make DGT gobans?

Let’s for a moment assume that weight-based DGT gobans would be impractical, so we’re left with magnetic DGT boards. For this, I have an idea: instead of painted metal stones, what about making the stones out of a mixture of glass and powdered metal? For instance, nickel with clouded glass for the white stones and brass with dark-tinted glass for the black stones? Hopefully those would have enough magnetism.


From left to right: Tamura Yasuhisa (Honinbo Shusai), Honinbo Shuei, Karigane Junichi.

For some reason, it looks like there are only white stones on the board.

This image isn’t inlining for me, anyone else?


Maybe they just don’t show due to the low resolution of the image?

Yup, same here. I guess the site doesn’t like deep linking.