There is evidence in China of Go equipment from over 2000 years ago (found in Imperial tombs).
The game suffered a decline in China in the 19th and 20th centuries. During the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) there were only 30 government sponsored professional players. In the quarter century since Mao, the game has come back in a massive way. By 1981, the current professional system of China was established. At this time, Chinese pros are as strong as their Korean and Japanese counterparts.
Charles This page needs a lot of work:
- the date is poorly supported by evidence
- we don't know that go's origin is in China
- mention the institution of a pro system in 1982
- mention Zhongguo Qiyuan
amongst other things.