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It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It was last modified on: 2001-09-29
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Makruk (Thai chess). Rules and information. (8x8, Cells: 64) (Recognized!)[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Sam wrote on 2002-06-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I couldn't explain it better then myself.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-01-19 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I notice that the game's name contains the Knight's name Ma with a K added, followed by the Rook's name Rua with the a replaced by a K. The second half even sounds like Rook! Is this more than coincidence?

Charles Gilman wrote on 2004-03-22 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Thanks to Poompat for the etymological info. So the second syllable means 'attack'? Well that makes the coincidence an even bigger one, as the Rook is the most powerful piece in the Asian games! It sounds like this game may develop further. A variant with the Met moving as a Goldgeneral - Makruk with a touch of Shogi, as it were - might be interesting.

Ed wrote on 2004-04-24 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
I had not thought of the idea of a variant with a met having the move of
the gold from shogi, as Mr. Gilman suggests, but my son compiled a ZRF
makruk-gi.  The game was surprisingly more playable than chessgi.

As to wooden sets, I wonder if Poompat knows a way to contact the Thai
Department of Corrections who list a board and pieces on their website:  I have tried writing to the
site coordinator (although in English) and had no success.

I have seen that there are books and websites in Thai on various aspects
of play -- I found some endgame exercises with diagrammatic solutions
easy to read and quite instructive.

I wish that there were more instructive literature available to English
readers.  Some of those endgames with a couple of mets look very complex.

David Paulowich wrote on 2004-10-15 UTCExcellent ★★★★★
Jean-Louis Cazaux has a page on 'Ouk Chatrang, the Cambodian Chess and Makruk, the Thai Chess' on his web site. Cazaux has a personalid page here, giving the current address of his web site.

suthee wrote on 2004-10-28 UTCExcellent ★★★★★

John Smith wrote on 2008-11-28 UTCGood ★★★★
This game is similar to Senterej, Ethiopian Chess, in that you should not bare your opponent's King. In Senterej, however, there are no actual rules concerning bare King; it is merely etiquette.

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