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Archchess. Large chess variant from 17th century Italy. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Jean-Louis Cazaux wrote on Wed, Oct 19, 2022 08:52 PM UTC in reply to H. G. Muller from 07:42 PM:

Yes indeed, I had not noticed how unclear is this page! There is not a word about castling at this variant in the original Italian text. It safely can be supposed that castling, pawn's promotion, etc. were following the standard chess rules that Piacenza was playing with. In my book with Rick K we wrote the following:

"Piacenza did not provide other rules specific to this game. It may be supposed that they follow those he gave for regular chess.i Castling is free according to the Italian fashion of the time in which the King may move to any of the vacant squares between King and Rook, and the Rook moves around the King to any spot up to the King’s square of departure. Pawns promote only to Queens."