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External Link: Capablanca Shatranj

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.

'Capablanca Shatranj' plays just like 'Capablanca Chess' except the 'Chancellor' and 'Archbishop' are replaced by the 'Minister' and 'HighPriestess', and pawns can only promote to these pieces. 
* Minister: dabbaba-wazir-knight
* HighPriestess: alfil-fers-knight 
Everything else is normal chess, pawns have their 2 step first move and castling is allowed. All variants in the Capablanca family of games are featured. 

At first the new pieces i was going to use were the Knight-Dabbaba and Knight-Alfil compound pieces but their pawn protection on opening set-up was not good enough. As it is now, the Minister and HighPriestess protect the same pawns on opening set-up as the Chancellor and Archbishop do. 

This idea is very simple. Awhile ago i could see that the Chancellor and Archbishop could be 'shatranj-ized' into the Knight-Dabbaba and Knight-Alfil compound pieces. I hope i have presented it here in an interesting way. 

ok, have fun!! :)

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By Christine Bagley-Jones.
Web page created: 2006-12-03. Web page last updated: 2006-12-03