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Abagoren Macedonian Chess

This is a rules file for Zillions of Games, a Windows program that will let you play any puzzle or strategy board game you can feed it the rules to. With Zillions-of-Games installed, this rules file will let you play this game against your computer.

Abagoren Chess {"rising chess"} is said to have originated in medieval Macedonia and West Bulgaria. I found the game described on the website {this website no longer exists} along with Bolyar {Bulgarian} Chess. Some have questioned whether these two games are genuine historical variants. The object is to checkmate the enemy King {or the Emperor, once the King is promoted}. The initial pieces resemble the pieces in F.I.D.E. chess, with the addition of two princes which are placed in front of the two queens. The Princes have the power to move to any adjacent square, or jump to any square two spaces away. Pawns do not have an initial double-move. Pieces are restricted to forwards movement unless they are making a capture or until they have been promoted. Even when capturing they are unable to move more than two spaces in any backward direction. Knights, bishops and rooks have extra forward-sliding movements (in addition to their FIDE counterparts) but without capture as illustrated: If you capture an unpromoted Rook, Knight, Bishop, Queen or Prince it becomes yours. You may enter a captured piece onto either of the two corner squares on your side of the board to fight on your side. The promoted pieces {Boat & General} and the Pawns are permanently removed if captured. All pieces must promote on reaching the farthest rank. - The King promotes to the Emperor, which moves one step in any direction with no restriction on moving backwards. The Emperor can also create new pawns, placing then on the second rank and on the same file it is occupying. - The pawns promote to become a Boat, which slides orthogonally without restriction on backward movement. - The Princes, Queens, Rooks, Bishops & Knights promote to become a General, which can slide diagonally or move one step orthogonally without capturing. The General is not restricted from backward movement. Whenever you promote a Pawn to Boat, or promote any of your other pieces to General, you can return the King to any vacant square on the back-rank in the same move.

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By Malcolm Webb.
Web page created: 2013-01-25. Web page last updated: 2013-01-25