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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 1998-01-13
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Oblong chess. Variant of Shatranj, played on a four by sixteen sized board. (4x16, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
M Winther wrote on 2006-05-10 UTC
Dear JL, are you certain of these rules? Bodlaender says about Oblong chess (above link): 'Moving is not obligatory. In this variant, a win is achieved by taking the opponents king.' If win is achieved by king capture, then it must be allowable to move within check, and to let the king remain within check. In chess variants with die, the king capture rule is natural. Checkmate and check rules don't work properly. As to the promotion rules. I am not convinced that all Shatranj variants only promoted to fers. In four-handed Shatranj pawns promoted to Queens. In the still older 4-handed Chaturanga, pawns promoted to any piece, but depending on which square they promoted on. The ferz promotion rule is not universal. The reason why I believe that promotion was to any piece is because, in this dice game, it would be too hard to win otherwise. As to the bare king rule, I did not enforce this because it's so unlikely to happen. With promotion to rook, the king will be captured long before he is bare. But all rules don't need to be enforced. The player can decide himself that it's a win when the king is bare. --Mats