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Tamerlane Chess was popular for centuries in Persia.
Most distinctive is that each pawn promotes in its own way.
The Pawn of the Pawns promotes to a blue pawn. It cannot be captured on its promotion square. It may be moved to any square where it forks two enemy units, or where it attacks a unit that cannot then be moved. In doing so, it can displace any non-royal unit.
When the blue pawn promotes, it becomes a golden pawn and goes to the original square of the Pawn of the Kings as soon as that square is empty. (That was my interpretation.) The golden pawn promotes to the Accessory King.
Only the ranking king (original, then prince, then accessory) may enter the enemy citadel. If this happens, the game is a draw.
Once in the game, the king may get itself out of check by swapping with another friendly unit. Getting stalemated loses. Only an accessory king can enter the friendly citadel. No other unit can enter either citadel, though they can check an accessory king in its citadel (my interpretation).
If you have two or three kings I have allowed you to move into check.
|King||As in FIDE chess|
|General||One square diagonally|
|Vizier||One square orthogonal|
|Giraffe||One square diagonally, then any distance orthogonally, but must stop at least 3 ranks or files away from starting square. Still working on it.|
|Knight||As in FIDE chess|
|Rook||As in FIDE chess|
|Picket||Along diagonals, must move at least two squares|
|Camel||1,3 or 3,1 jumper|
|War Engine||2,0 or 0,2 jumper|
|Accessory King||As FIDE king, can occupy own citadel.|
|Second King ("Prince")||As FIDE king|
|Pawn of the Elephants||Promotes to Elephant|
|Pawn of the General||Promotes to General|
|Pawn of the King||Promotes to King|
|Pawn of the Pickets||Promotes to Picket|
|Pawn of the Rooks||Promotes to Rook|
|Pawn of the War Engines||Promotes to War Engine|
|Pawn of the Knights||Promotes to Knight|
|Pawn of the Camels||Promotes to Camel|
|Pawn of the Vizier||Promotes to Vizier|
|Pawn of the Giraffes||Promotes to Giraffe|
|Pawn of the Pawns||Promotes special|
Hans Bodlaender on Tamerlane Chess
Bodlaender's Chess Variants
Ed's Chess Variants
These are simple illustrations rather than strong opponents.
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Written by Ed Friedlander
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