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Penturanga

Introduction

This is my pentagonal-cell entry for the 45 or 46 cell 2007 design competition.   It takes the pieces from Chaturanga and adapts their movement to a board with pentagonal cells.

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WINNER 45-46 Square Contest

JJ, editor, CV
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Setup

The board is constructed from 46 convex pentagons.

There are two players, each player having 14 pieces consisting of:
  • 1 King
  • 1 Adviser
  • 2 Horses
  • 2 Elephants
  • 2 Chariots
  • 6 Pawns
The board and initial placement of the pieces are shown by the image on the right.
start position


Pieces

  Adviser 

The Adviser or Counsellor may move a single step to any one of the 6 adjacent cells. This is the same as the King's normal move, but untrammelled by the need to avoid being attacked.

In the image on the right these 6 adjacent cells are indicated by grey dots.


  Elephant 

The Elephant leaps over an adjacent cell to land on a cell whose colour matches that of the cell from which the piece is moving.

In the image on the right the six possible destination cells are shown with a grey dot.

Since the move involves a leap the Elephant cannot be blocked by a piece occupying an adjacent cell.
 

  Horse 

The Horse or Knight leaps over an adjacent cell to land on a cell whose colour differs from that of the starting cell.

In the image on the right the six possible destination cells are shown with a grey dot.

Since the move involves a leap the Horse cannot be blocked by a piece occupying an adjacent cell.
  

  Chariot 

The Chariot or Rook moves outwards from its starting cell in a series of steps that cycle through the colours. 

Thus, after the initial step, each subsequent step must continue away from the starting cell to a cell whose colour differs both from that of the current cell and from that of the cell just vacated.

In the image on the right the reachable cells are indicated by grey dots.

The Chariot may not leap over other pieces.
 

  Pawn 

The Pawn moves a single step, 1 cell directly forward.

When moving directly forward the Pawn may not capture and may not leap over other pieces.

In the image on the right these moves are shown by grey dots.


Pawns capture by moving forward and to the side.

When moving forward and to the side Pawns must make a capture

These capture-moves are shown by red dots.

There is no initial double-move and thus no En-Passant capture.


Promotion

Pawns may promote when they reach one of the 6 far most cells.

Promotion is to the piece that originally occupied the cell reached or, in the case of horses, occupied the cell directly in front of that reached.

Promotion is only possible if a piece of the required type has been captured and not been returned to the board.

For the Gold player the image on the right shows the possible promotions:
  •    c - promote to chariot;
  •    e - promote to elephant;
  •    h - promote to horse;
  •    a - promote to adviser;
  •    e/h - promote to either elephant or horse.

  King 

The King may move a single step to an adjacent cell provided that cell is not being attacked.

In the right-hand image the 6 possible steps are shown by grey dots.


Additionally, once during the game, the King may make a Horse's leap.  To make the leap, the King must not be in check and the destination cell must be free from attack.

This leap is illustrated by the red dots.



Rules

There are two players, shown here as Gold and Red.
A player wins by checkmating the enemy King.
A player loses if they stalemate their opponent.
Turns, consisting of moving a single friendly piece, alternate between the players with Gold going first.
The movement of each type of piece is summarized above.





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By Graeme C Neatham.
Web page created: 2007-11-26. Web page last updated: 2007-11-26