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External Link: Circular Chess

Circular Chess is played on a circular board of 64 spaces in 4 concentric rings of 16 spaces each. There is no castling and no 'en passant' capture. The pawns that start on opposite sides of the board move in opposite directions. Pawns promote when they reach the opponent's initial positions for the major pieces. Rooks and Queens cannot end a move on the same space from which they started (cannot go full circle). Circular boards were in use during the Byzantine period, and some form of round chess is believed to have been known to theoreticians already in the 12th century. This implementation plays a less monotonous game in the opening (more pawn moves) than certain earlier implementations of Circular Chess. The graphics is better and smaller. The code is slightly faster. Piece values have been altered by tweaking.

A Zillions program and more information is here.

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By M Winther.
Web page created: 2007-02-11. Web page last updated: 2007-02-11