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Jan Paerke wrote on 2004-03-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I like the idea of Eurasian chess combining 'Western' and 'Eastern'
chess variants: it adds a global flavour to the chess concept. However,
someone earlier on this list indicated that the name 'Eurasian chess'
implies a chauvinistic western standing, and the writer suggests the name
'Asiropean' chess. 

Another possibility is to create another global chess variant named
Asiropean chess and stipulate the rules. So here we go:
- Asiropean chess are played exactly as Eurasian chess with following

- Pawns move like in chinese chess: on the home side area of the river
they move only one step straight ahead. Pawns never move diagonally. In
the area on the opposite side of the river they move one step
orthogonally(?), that is either one step straight ahead or one step
sidewards (never diagonally).

- Pawns may promote when entering the eighth line, or after a move on the
eighth, ninth or tenth line (if there are pieces allowing promotion
according to the Eurasian chess rules).

- Bishops and knights are not allowed to cross the river. However pawns
may promote to bishop or knight, but they are still not allowed to cross
the river.

I have not play tested those rules. Hope there are no bugs.

Jan Paerke

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