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Nilakantha's Intellectual Game. 17th or 18th century Indian chess variation. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
David Paulowich wrote on 2009-12-06 UTC

Garth make a valid point, so I will have to try again. Consider the BLOCKADE STALEMATE IN 20 MOVES shown in the following diagram. NOTE: this position is from a (legal) game of Shatranj, which started with the Kings on the d-file and ended with a White Knight capturing a Black Elephant. A mirror image of this game can be played in the 'Intellectual Game'. Now the Black King is imprisoned by his own pieces.


     a   b   c   d   e   f   g   h
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 8 | k |:n:| e |:::|   |:::|   |:::| 8
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 7 |:r:| f |:::| p |:::|   |:::|   | 7
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 6 | p |:::| p |:N:| p |:::|   |:::| 6
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 5 |:R:|   |:E:|   |:R:|   |:::|   | 5
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 4 |   |:::|   |:::|   |:::|   |:P:| 4
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 3 |:::|   |:::|   |:::|   |:::|   | 3
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 2 |   |:P:| P |:P:| P |:P:| P |:::| 2
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
 1 |:::|   |:::| K |:F:| E |:N:|   | 1
   +---+---+---+---+---+---+---+---+  
     a   b   c   d   e   f   g   h