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General Chess 

and Arch-General Chess

By Dominique Leste

Board

Both games use a 10x8 board.

Setup for General

Starting position - Rook, Knight, Bishop, General, Queen, King, General , Bishop, Knight, Rook.

 

Setup for Arch-General

Starting position - Rook, Knight, Bishop, Archbishop, Queen, King, General , Bishop, Knight, Rook.

Pieces


General - moves like Queen or a Knight

Archbishop - moves either as a Bishop or a Knight.

Pawns promote to General, Queen, Archbishop, Rook, Bishop or Knight.

Rules

When castling 0-0, the King moves to I1; when castling 0-0-0, the King moves to C1.

Both games follow the rules of international chess, except as otherwise noted.

Notes

General is a variation of the Bird's Chess position with the Archbishop and Chancellor being replaced by a a pair of Generals. Just like my Archbishop Chess variant the King is well protected and strong pieces control the centre.

Arch-General is a variation of the bird position with the Archbishop and Chancellor being replaced by an Archbishop and General. The King is once again well protected like Fort Knox.

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