Understaning China Through Wei Qi

David has sent along a link to an article at the Wall Street Journal about how the ancient game of wei chi (wei qi in pinyin) is reflective of the geopolitical strategy of China.

A 2,000-year-old board game holds the key to understanding how the Chinese really think—and U.S. officials had better learn to play if they want to win the real competition.

[…]  Learning the ancient board game of wei qi, known in the U.S. as Go, can teach non-Chinese how to see the geostrategic “board” the same way that Chinese leaders do […]

Very interesting, especially when keeping in mind how the game was used in Chung Kuo. Read the full article at the WSJ here.

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  1. Are any of you guys interested in learning to play wei chi? Here’s a good start…there are two web sites that i have been learning and practicing on. http://www.flyordie.com and http://www.gokgs.com . To actually learn by study you can start with “Learn to Play Go” volume 1 by the author Janice Kim. This book shouldn’t be too expensive used off amazon. If you start, please be patient with yourself and realize that you’re going to have to lose a lot at first before you start getting strong. That’s how it is. It’s gonna take time. But once you start improving, words cannot describe how fun it is to play against an opponent that is equally matched with you. If you’re very new to go and you’re interested in the most basic tutorial, visit this website first: http://playgo.to/iwtg/en/

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