<<夢入神機>> (Hanyu Pinyin: Mèng Rù Shén Jī)
This is another ancient manual, and one of the oldest. Allegedly, it had almost become 'extinct' and only remnants were found by the Ming Dynasty. A full copy has never been found and what we have today are the remains of it. The author was not known either.
According to the the preface in my book, on 26th Aug 1949, the remains of this ancient manual were saved from a mechant in JingHai County of TianJing City by a certain 鄭國鈞 Zheng GuoJun. He found that it was used as wrapping paper. Altogether 285 diagrams were saved in such a manner. After collecting the remains, he compared it with the diagrams in The Elegant Pastime XiangQi Manual and deleted 126 identical ones and gave the remaning 159 pictures to Lin YouRu 林幼如. Lin was one of the most respected XiangQi people of his time and he was the editor of the FuZhou XiangQi periodical. Lin did more work and deleted another 15 more recurring diagrams and thus we are left with 144 puzzles.
When Lin passed away in 1962, Lin's work was lost and could not be found.
Luckily in early 1977, a XiangQi enthusiast by the name of 郭柏Guo Bo, met up with a person called 程法陪 Cheng FaPei who coincidentally was the nephew of Lin. Upon further conversation, Cheng mentioned that he had brought the remnants of the manual back home to the countryside where it remained. Guo introduced Cheng to a few of his friends and after some soliciting, Cheng agreed to share the manual with the world, giving us what we have today.
The breadth of the book, whether it contained other XiangQi related material, who was the author, when was it first seen...etc are all unknown. What we have is basically the work by Lin YuRu.
Further contemporary study have analysed and made modifications.
The work you see on this site are basically a condensed version from several books and internet sources done my me.
If you see any mistakes, please email me at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
5 different puzzles have been published on each page. If there have been abridged or modified or updated versions, they would be added accordingly.
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First created: 12th Nov 2013
Last updated: 2nd Jan 2014
Acknowledgement: None yet
1. <<夢入神機>> abridged edition by 丁章照Ding ZhangZhao & 金啟昌Jin QiChang.
2. <<夢入神機>> abridged edition by 金啟昌Jin QiChang, 張志敏 Zhang ZhiMin & 蜀弈 Shu Yi
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