The game is played on a smaller board (5x6), with only four types of pieces (spearman, castle,
bishop, queen). The goal is to capture the opponent's pieces. However, if both players agree to stop
the game, either the player with the most points win, or the game is a draw if both are left with
This simple game is particularily good for people who don't want or don't have the time to learn all of chess, and there is also no need to learn new pieces, except for a little variation on the pawn.
The SPEARMAN (here represented by the image of a pawn) moves and captures by moving one step forward, and can also move (but not capture) one step backwards. For more experienced chess players, the spearman does NOT follow any of the rules for pawns (double-move, en-passant, promotion, etc), but only follows these movement and capture rules. Worth 1 point.
A2, B2, C2, D2, E3 / A5, B5, C5, D5, E5
The CASTLE (rook) moves and captures sideways, forwards and backwards (all orthogonal directions). Worth 5 points.
A1, D1 / A6, D6
The bishop moves and captures diagonally. Worth 3 points.
B1, E1 / B6, E6
The QUEEN combines the castle and bishop's moves : she can move and capture sideways, forwards, backwards and diagonally. Worth 9 points.
C1 / C6
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