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Shatranj Kamil I. Large shatranj variant with new piece: camel. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Nuno Cruz wrote on Wed, Nov 5, 2008 11:33 PM UTC:

This is according to Murray's book:

King's Alfonso Book mentions also an Acedrex de las diez casas (Decimal Chess). There are no rules given. The only thing we now is the rules to make the special dice required. Besides King, Alferza, Roque, Cavallo and Alfil there is another piece called Juyz (judge). When describing the dice values and correspondence to which piece, the Juyz appears before the Alfil (been the Alfil the poorest valued piece besides the pawn).

Now, on the same page of is book, Murray (pg.348) says that Alfonso when describing the dice throws for Grande Acedrex (Great chess) 'follows what Alfonso considered the order of value of the pieces'.

Concluding: If this is true for the Decimal chess also (Murray does not say it), and since Judge is more powerful then Alfil...could we not speculate that this 'Judge' is the Camel from Shatranj Kamil I? The piece we all now call Dabbaba? Maybe this decimal formula has been more used then what we might think of and endured for a while, even achieving the 'merit' of reaching Europe... :)