Keywords: Go term

Chinese: 手 (shou3)
Japanese: 手 (te)
Korean: -

The Japanese word te means move in the go context. It is also found in compounds such as

The on-yomi (Chinese reading) is shu, found in compounds such as

  • shudan - classic name for game of go, "hand talk"
  • akushu - bad move
  • kyoushu? - strong move
  • koushu? - good move
  • myoshu - superb move

Te can also have the nuance of "a move which works", as found in Japanese constructions such as te ni naru.

In the compounds uwate and shitate (lit. "upper-hand" and "lower-hand"), the reference is to a stronger or weaker player, based on another meaning of te as person. See /discussion.

In everyday Japanese, te means hand.

An alternative to te in the sense of "move" is chaku (着), used only in compounds such as:

  • 緩着 (kanchaku, slack move)
  • 着手 (chakushu, move)
  • 敗着 (haichaku, losing move)
  • 第一着 (dai-itchaku, first move)
  • 着点 (chakuten, point played)
  • 妙着 (myouchaku, see myoshu)
  • 勝着 (shouchaku, winning move)

In Japanese, there are a number of adjectives from the everyday language commonly applied to the word te. These words may provide helpful hints in understanding the semantic range commonly attributed to moves in that culture.

  • azayaka-na: flashy (tesuji)
  • atsui: thick
  • ayashii: dubious
  • hageshii: violent
  • karai: stingy
  • katai: tight
  • kibishii: severe
  • nurui: lukewarm
  • shibui: sober, restrained
  • shibutoi: stubborn
  • shitsukoi: obnoxious
  • surudoi: sharp
  • tsuyoi: strong
  • usui: thin

See also

Te last edited by hnishy on June 16, 2018 - 19:33
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