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It was last modified on: 2016-05-03
 Author: Fergus  Duniho. Chaturanga. The first known variant of chess. (8x8, Cells: 64) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Mason Green wrote on 2005-02-17 UTC
I just re-read the rules, and a pawn reaching the King's square simply stays there (it doesn't promote.) I guess I just missed that when I read the rules the first time. Sorry! I played Chaturanga with a friend a few days ago, and it's really slow-moving. It's also very hard to get a checkmate on your opponent especially if you don't have a Rook. I don't like the elephants the way they are, but the pawn promotion rule is interesting (I like it better than the promotion rule in orthodox chess). But the stalemate rule is weird. To me, stalemate should be a victory for the player who immobilizes his opponent, not a loss. After all, that's what a real war probably would be like.