Re: Proposal to encode dominoes and other game symbols

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Tue May 25 2004 - 05:27:12 CDT

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    On Tue, 25 May 2004 10:23:19 +0100, Michael Everson wrote:
    > Now that you mention it, it could well be that Chaturunga and Chinese
    > Chess both could be considered extensions to a unified Chess
    > repertoire:
    > WHITE CHATURANGA COUNSELLOR (-> white chess queen)
    > WHITE CHATURANGA ELEPHANT (-> white chess bishop)
    > BLACK CHATURANGA COUNSELLOR (-> black chess queen)
    > BLACK CHATURANGA ELEPHANT (-> black chess bishop)
    > WHITE XIANGQI MANDARIN (advisor, assistant, guard)

    I don't think that a unified chess repertoire would be useful. Although
    individual pieces in chaturanga, chess, xiangqi and shogi may correspond to each
    other in function, they are represented differently (Western chess pieces are
    represented by pictures, xiangqi pieces by ideographs in a circle, shogi pieces
    by kanji inscriptions in a five-sided figure), so that I do not believe that
    there would be a single character of the "unified chess repertoire" which would
    be common to any two chess families. You would, I think, have to encode each set
    of characters used to represent games pieces separately for each chess family.


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