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The Chess Variant Pages

Turkish Great Chess, variation II, 

known as Atranj or Qatranj

By John Ayer



This game, called Atranj or Qatranj, is described by H. J. R. Murray in A History of Chess. The work from which Murray took it is actually Indian.  

Variant:  John Gollon, in mining A History of Chess for his Chess Variations, inadvertently left out each player's two central knights. 


The board is ten squares by ten, presumed uncolored.  (The graphic is checkered for clarity -- Ed.)



There is no castling. The stalemate rule has not survived; stalemate may not have been permitted.


 Chess board illustration made using the Play by Mail system, by Tony Quintanilla.