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# Opulent Lemurian Shatranj

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Opulent Lemurian Shatranj is an large chess variant that features two of Joe Joyce's shortrange pieces from Lemurian Shatranj.

King - This is the royal piece. As in Shatranj, it moves 1 square in any direction. It may not move into or remain in check.

General - This nonroyal piece also moves 1 square in any direction.

War Elephant - This colorbound piece slides 1 or 2 squares like a ferz. It may not jump. It may change direction during its move. It may not make a null move [move off and then back onto its starting square]. A capture immediately ends its move, no piece in this game is allowed to capture twice. This is the same piece as in my Shatranj Kamil X, but not the same piece as in Joe Joyce's Lemurian Shatranj.

Knight - As in Shatranj, it leaps 2 squares, moving 1 square orthogonally, then 1 more square diagonally outwards

Rook - As in Shatranj, this piece is a linear slider, moving orthogonally across as many empty squares as desired.

Shaman - This colorbound piece (also called the Bent Shaman) is an inclusive compound of alfil and ferz. It may step 1 square diagonally and/or jump 2 squares diagonally, for a maximum of 3 squares moved per turn. It may: step 1 square; or jump 2 squares; or step 1 and jump 2 squares; or jump 2 squares then step 1 more square, always diagonally. It may change direction during its move.

Hero - This piece (also called the Bent Hero) is an inclusive compound of dabbabah and wazir. It steps 1 square orthogonally and or jumps 2 squares orthogonally, for a maximum of 3 squares per turn. It may: step 1 square; or jump 2 squares; or step 1 and jump 2 squares; or jump 2 squares then step 1 more square, always orthogonally. It may change direction during its move.

Pawn - As in Shatranj, it moves 1 square orthogonally forward and captures 1 square diagonally forward. A Pawn can always promote to a General on the last rank. See the game rules for other options

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By David Paulowich.
Web page created: 2007-05-04. Web page last updated: 2007-05-04﻿