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Mongolian Chess

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Keys "s"=save "l"=load "b"=back once

Shatar (Mongolian chess) was popular there for many centuries.

The Queen moves as a rook, or one square diagonally.

The Queen's Pawns start two steps out. Otherwise pawns do not have the initial double step.

Pawns only promote to Queens.

Knights cannot give mate.

If either side is left with a lone king, the game is "Robado", a draw.

Check given by a Queen, Rook, or Knight is called "Shak." Check by a Bishop is called "Tuk". Check by a Pawn is called "Zod". If checkmate is given by a Bishop or Pawn with an uninterrupted preceding series of checks including a "Shak", the game is a draw.

There is no castling.

Mongolian Chess

Chess Variants

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Written by Ed Friedlander

WWW Page Added: Sunday, December 30, 2001