not sure if this went through the last time I tried to send it.
I think that I accidentally put one of the pages I was
trying to link in as an attachment instead, which I think the list does not
See my message below, which hopefully will help
your sister out some more.
Dan Isaac 2 [mailto:disaac2@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Thursday, April 13,
2006 11:35 AM
To: General Wunderland.Com Discussion
Subject: RE: [Something] Sz'kwa...
don't think that the Tafl games are what Laurie and her sister are looking
for. Those games are based on moving pieces around on a board to try to either
escape or capture your opponent (depending on which side you are
However, from the websites I have found regarding
Sz'Kwa it does look much more like Go, which is a game of placing pieces onto
a board to create capture by surrounding opponents pieces. The placed pieces
never move other then to be removed when they are
are the two main sites that I found about Sz'Kwa, and if you know how to play
Go, these sites seem to give enough info to play Sz'Kwa.
is definitely a much simpler game then Go, as the board is much smaller, you
don't need to worry about territories, and you do not need to worry about
rules like Ko since you have a limited number of pieces.
is a site which talks about teaching Go, but it is more geared to telling
people who already know how to play how to teach new people how to play. I'm
not certain if there is enough information on the site to teach a person from
scratch though. But you would only need to learn the stuff discussed in "Stage
1" to play Sz'Kwa.
Note that the site say to teach Go using a 9x9 board. That would be
81 positions, versus the the 21 positions that there are on the Sz'Kwa board.
A full Go board is 19x19. That's 361 playing positions.
you are unable to learn the basic rules of Go from that site (and thus learn
Sz'Kwa), I am certain that people here (myself included) could help with more
Another source of info might be to try to contact the
Author of the book "Alien IQ Test". There is a chapter in that book called
"Hyperdimensional Sz'Kwa". He might be able to provide additional information
about the basic game.
P.S.> I would imagine that it would be pronounced
similar to "Tsa Kwa" since it appears to be a South Taiwan game. And from one
source I saw, it might translate to something like "Four Directions." Also,
there seems to have been a discrepancy on the number of starting stones
(either 20 or 25 each).
Closest thing I could find so far...
that help at all?
On 4/12/06, Laurie J.
My sister is a content editor at
a math company, and she's looking for details (particularly pronunciation,
but rules/play as well) for a game that she says is somewhat similar to Go
and is called Sz'kwa. Does anyone know of this game, or where I
could find out more? The few sites I found when I googled weren't
terribly detailed -- my guess is that there's more than one way to spell
"Every gun that is
made, every warship launched, every rocket fired, signifies in the final
sense a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold
and are not clothed."
President Dwight D. Eisenhower
April 16, 1953