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Grant Acedrex

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This is the Game Courier Preset for Grant Acedrex, played according to the rules cautiously derived from the original Spanish codex Libro de los Juegos by King Alfonso X (1283).

Game Courier preset written by Daniel Zacharias.

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King: steps 1 square in any direction. On his first move, it has a privilege detailed below.

Pawn: moves as in medieval regular chess at this epoch. That means that the initial non-capturing double step is allowed for all Pawns. There is no en-passant capture.

Rook: identical to the modern chess Rook, except there is no castling.

Anqa: moves 1 diagonal step followed by any number away on lines or columns. It may not jump over occupied squares. A.k.a Gryphon.

Cockatrice: moves exactly as the modern chess Bishop. Represented as a crocodile.

Giraffe: it is the (3,2) leaper, meaning that it may go to the opposed square of a 4x3 rectangle, leaping over occupied squares if any. This move is also made by stepping 1 square orthogonally followed then 2 squares diagonally. A.k.a. Zebra in modern chess variants.

Unicorn: it leaps like a Knight then, proceeds diagonally away from its starting square any number of vacant squares. Represented as a rhinoceros.

Lion: it leaps 3 squares orthogonally or 2 squares orthogonally followed by 1 diagonal step. It may leap over occupied squares. Therefore it combines the moves of the Camel and the Threeleaper of modern chess variant nomenclature.


King's privilege: for its first move, the King can go 2 squares in any direction, leaping over the intermediate square if it is occupied. It may leap to the 2nd square in straight line: straight ahead, diagonally or sideways, but not like a chess Knight. It may pass over an occupied square. The King cannot capture when jumping. It may not jump to escape a check or pass over a square controlled by the opponent.

Pawn's promotion: when a Pawn reaches the opposite side of the board it is replaced by the piece corresponding to the file on which it lands. On the g-file (the King's file), the Pawn is promoted to an Anqa (Gryphon).

End of game: win by checkmate or stalemate. Baring the opponent's King is also a victory.

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Author: Jean-Louis Cazaux and Daniel Zacharias.

Last revised by Jean-Louis Cazaux.

Web page created: 2023-12-03. Web page last updated: 2023-12-03