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Yishi 弈史 "A History of Chess"

The Yishi 弈史 "History of Chess" was written by the Ming period 明 (1368-1644) scholar Wang Zhideng 王稚登 (correctly written 王穉登), author of the book Wujun Danqing zhi 吳郡丹青志. The short book 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 superstitional art. The Yishi is to be found in the collectaneum Xuehai leibian 學海類編.

Source: Li Xueqin 李學勤, Lü Wenyu 呂文鬰 (1996). Siku da cidian 四庫大辭典, Changchun: Jilin daxue chubanshe, vol. 2, p. 1823.

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