An Encyclopaedia on Chinese History and Literature

Yishi 弈史

Oct 26, 2013 © Ulrich Theobald

Yishi 弈史 "A history of chess" was written during the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Wang Zhideng 王稚登 (1535-1614, correctly written 王穉登), who also wrote a book on painting, Wujun danqing zhi 吳郡丹青志. His short book on chess assembles sources to the history of chess-playing in China. it is written in a clear and refined way, and is enriched by a treatise on the topic in an appendix, in which Wang Zhideng criticizes the position of many authors who saw chess as a kind of skill for mantic purposes.

The Yishi is to be found in the series Xuehai leibian 學海類編.

Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰, eds. (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典 (Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe), Vol. 2, 1823.
Pan Mengbu 潘猛補 (2012). "Wang Zhideng Yishi bian wei 王穉登《弈史》辨偽", Tushuguan zazhi