Xian Ji Wu Ku Problems
Xian Ji Wu Ku (仙機武庫) is a famous classical chinese go manual from the Ming Dynasty composed of eight scrolls. The problems below come from the Leather and Wood scrolls. As with a lot of other Chinese problems, these problems do not always produce a clear life and death solution. Think of them as trying to get the best result in the situations and accept that ko can be an answer.
The problems are usually grouped into named sections and each problem usually has a name attached. However some of the chinese characters are illegible or missing in the surviving copies of the original manuscript. Therefore names can only be shown to the extent of what is available. I will replace missing and indecipherable characters with an X. For some illegible characters, I have used a reproduction of the actual manual to make a best guess effort on what the actual name is. Best guess effort means doodling on a chinese input IME until the computer returns a character which best fits what I can make out from the bits, pieces, and shape of each illegible character.
As my understanding of classical chinese is quite poor, if someone wants to translate the names of the sections and problems, please go ahead.
Leather Scroll (革集)
疏豁角 (Loose Corner) 1-49 (Thumbnails)
- 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10
- 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20
- 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30
- 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40
- 41, 42, 43, 44, 45, 46, 47, 48, 49
內間角 50-61 (Thumbnails)
團聚角 (Clustered Corner) 66-80 (Thumbnails)
實條角 81-84 (Solid Rod Corner)(Thumbnails)
斜行角 85-88 (Diagonal Corner)(Thumbnails)
蟬聯角 89-97 (Thumbnails)
兩家角 98-108 (Thumbnails)
糾纏角 109-115 (Thumbnails)
高起邊 116-122 (Thumbnails)
高起角 123-124 (Thumbnails)
尖折角 125 (Thumbnails)
渡邊角 126-129 (Thumbnails)
層沓角 130-141 (Thumbnails)
鉤彎角 142-146 (Thumbnails)
緊密角 147 (Thumbnails)
整齊角 148 (Thumbnails)
Wood Scroll (木集)
There seems to be at least 419 problems.
There is an online source in Chinese, and apparently allowing interaction.
This site did not work properly for me (either in Microsoft Internet Explorer 8, or Firefox 3) -- it failed with "sgf load failed". However, the SGF source files seem to be available from URIs like this
http://www.weiqidc.com/qipu/UploadFiles_4846/200807/%E4%BB%99%E6%9C%BA%E6%AD%A6%E5%BA%93/1.sgf -- replacing the "1.sgf" with "N.sgf" where "N" is the appropriate problem number
There are 42 non duplicate problems missing from the leather scroll problems above. And the 'at least 419 problems' refers to combined total of leather and wood scroll problems.