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Chaturanga with minor changes. A series of variants based on the (according to many) earliest form of Chess. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2005-06-27 UTC <p>Köksal Karakus has posted a XiangQi diagram with western-style pieces and colored squares. This one picture is worth a thousand words! Clearly a player's two Elephants can defend each other, but can never defend a friendly Mandarin (Ferz). <p>My 10-Chess Variant Contest entry 'Shatranj Kamil (64)' contains Generals (Ferzes) and Elephants (with the additional ability to make a noncapturing Dababbah move). Believing that these Elephants are equal in value to Generals, I arranged the game so that a General cannot capture the opposing General, but can be traded for either of the opposing Elephants. Your BATTURANGA initial setup happens to duplicate the 2x2 pattern of the King and General and two Elephants in my variant, but shifted three squares to each player's right. As you stated, this means that Elephant can capture Elephant in BATTURANGA .