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Burmese Chess

This page contains one or more presets for playing game online with Game Courier, an online server for playing Chess variants by correspondence.

Sittuyin is the name for the chess variant of Burma.

The game is played on an uncheckered board of 8 by 8 squares. Sometimes the board contains markings, e.g., often the diagonals are marked.

Each player has one king, one general, two rooks (actually: carriages), two knights (actually: horses), two elephants, and eight pawns (actually: soldiers). The colors are red and dark (or black); here called white and black.


Elephant represented by and
General represented by and

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The game starts with only the pawns put on the board. The initial screen in preset shows a sample starting configuration that disappears when it is started.

Then, white puts all his pieces at the squares behind his pawns, as he wishes. After that, black deploys all his pieces behind his pawns. After that, the game `really' starts, with white moving one of his pieces with a normal move. It is also allowed to put pieces on the positions of pawns, and then to put such pawns on other squares in the area behind the pawns original position. There are certain restrictions on the setup of Black. For instance, white can object when black puts both rooks on the same column, or a rook on the same column as the king of white; then black has to change his setup such that this is no longer the case.

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By Charles Daniel.
Web page created: 2008-01-29. Web page last updated: 2008-01-29