Saturday, June 17, 2006

The Last Emperor's Weiqi Set

Puyi (溥儀), the tenth and last emperor of the Qing Dynasty to rule over China.

Some of you might have seen the movie entitled, The Last Emperor. It was a dramatization of the life of Puyi (溥儀), the last emperor of China.

Pong Yen of Yellow Mountain Imports shared with me three photos he took of the emperor's weiqi set. Surprisingly, it was a rather simple one that included a pragmatic folding board.

I imagine that the emperor may have had a few weiqi sets. This may have merely been the one that survived the cultural revolution.

Notice the beautiful gold artwork on the bowls. The colors for the stones were dark and light blue.

This side-shot shows some interesting flecks within the stones themselves. Perhaps they were made of glass or some semi-precious stone? The bowls are also different from the Japanese Kitani-style.

The star points were not marked with a dot but with emphasis lines. In this photo too, you can see what is either flecking on the stones or the remnants of some design.

Back to KGS matches

I'm going to try to get in a few weekly games on Kiseido Go Server. I haven't been playing much for a long while thanks to all the hullabaloo at work. I expect to be clobbered but it would only get worse if I don't play. I also want to experiment with some new ideas and advice that I received.

Fuseki Quiz 10/20

Black to play. Miyamoto-sensei says to use your intuition.
I chose E.

Scoring of Last Weekend's Fuseki Quiz 9/20
(Jump to last week's quiz!)
  • A = 6
  • B = 2
  • C = 8
  • D = 10, A severe move. Note only does it attack the Black stone in the lower right but it also threatens W-H3 as a follow-up move. Black would be forced to play H3 himself.
  • E = 4


At 6:42 AM, June 21, 2006, Blogger Adam said...

'E' looks like the best tactical move. But neither it nor any of the others seems really urgent to me. So I have to wonder if a strategic move would be better. Something like 'A', which threatens to either take the corner or build big on the left side.


At 12:02 PM, June 24, 2006, Blogger JMP said...

I think Black needs to be more aggressive than E, it seems black is behind on territory. E is big but both sides have a good chance of living even if separated. I am going to go with B, prevented the corner enclosure. If I relied on my intuition I think I would still be a 20k.


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