Etymology of Go

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"Go" comes from Japanese igo 囲碁 which in turn comes from Chinese weiqi 圍棋 (simplified: 围棋).

In Chinese, wei 圍 means "surrounding" and qi 棋 (see ki character) means "board game" (also used for Chinese chess); weiqi is thus "the game of surrounding".

囲 is the Japanese simplification of 圍. It is used in conjunction with the go character 碁 to refer to the game in Japanese.

See also names for go in other languages.

Etymology of Go last edited by BobMyers on November 12, 2005 - 13:24
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