Rock Paper Scissors World Championship

By: Hernando Gomez Salinas - Published: Sep 23, 2006 • References: worldrps and theuncoolhunter
The traditional game "rock, paper or scissors" is considered a children's game but some adults use it to solve their problems and it is also a “sport” controlled by an international association and it is played in tournaments in many countries.

According to several sources, the highest authority in RPS is the World Rock Paper Scissors Society located in Toronto, Canada (with branches spread in several countries).

This society regulates and promotes this sport and it also organizes conferences, an annual retreat for those who practice this sport and monthly tournaments in clubs and institutions, apart from the World Championship that will take place in Toronto on November 11th.

The world champion will get a juicy prize of USD 7,000 and the glory and respect of all the fans of “rock, paper, or scissors”.

According to the specialists, in this sport two players must be face to face and after saying “rock, paper, or stone” at the same time, they must show a hand showing the gesture of the weapon at the same time. Rock is represented with your fist, paper is gestured by showing your hand and separating the fingers and scissors are represented by showing your forefingers and middle fingers making a “V”.

The rules say that the stone defeats the scissors because you can break the scissors with a stone, the scissors defeat the paper because they can tear the paper and the paper defeats the stone because the stone can be wrapped with the paper.

In order to know the origins of this game we must search among the members of the Society in the year 200 BC and it comes from Japan where the game is known as “Jan-Ken” just like in Peru and Brazil. This sport must have migrated to Europe about the middle of the XVIII century.

Other theories say that the game has its origins in Africa and Europe but there is no doubt of its universality. In Indonesia there is a version of this game known as “Jan-Ken” while it is called “Cachipún” in Chile, “Mook-Chi-Pa” in South Korea and “Piedra, Papel o tijera” in Argentina.

Some researchers have attributed abstract symbolisms to the stone (power, strength, aggression), to the paper (passivity, caution and wisdom, also money) and to the scissors (perversion, evil, and technology).

Nowadays the researchers are looking for the origins of another ancestral sport: the “bread and cheese” and it consists of performing a sort of duel between the captains of two soccer teams before starting an amateur match. The main goal is to choose the players for each team. The winner of “bread and cheese” has the right to choose the best player.