Xi Gua Qi


The name of this Chinese strategy game means “Watermelon Chess.” What is has to do with watermelons is anybody’s guess. Maybe it’s the roundness of the board pattern. It has even less to do with chess, except that it is a two-player strategy game. It’s a traditional folk game from Hangzhou generally played by school children. The origins of the game are unknown, but the pattern of the board is a pleasing geometric design that begs to be played on. This design has been found in ancient ruins on every continent, including the mosaic patterns of the Persians and the civilizations of Central and South America. The circular symmetry hints at spiritual symbolism, a powerful aspect of many ancient games, and the cardinal directions of north, east, south, and west.

This game can be played by 2 players ages 6 and up. One game of Xi Gua Qi takes about 10 Minutes to play.

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