Shako_Balbo is a chess game that is a fusion to two chess variants. The concept came after playing these chess variants. Special thanks should be Awarded to Aurelian Florea, Greg Strong, Fergus Duniho, Jean-Louis Cazaux, and M. G. Balbo for this game.
PiecesThe chess pieces are the standard pieces with the addition of an elephant, and a cannon. The Elephant leaps 1 or 2 squares diagonally. The Cannon is a standard Chinese Cannon. It may move in an orthogonal direction. To capture a piece it leaps over 1 piece (white or black) and then captures the piece after the leap. The Pawns can do a 1 step or 2 step on the 1st move. En Passant is active, and pawn promotion occurs when the pawn can not go forward anymore. This means that position A7 is a promotion spot for a white pawn.
Any chess player familar with the rules of chess should be comfortable playing this game.
Inspired by several old chess variants, Jean-Louis Cazaux from Toulouse (France) invented this variant.
2) Balbo's chess
This game, invented by M. G. Balbo in 1974, is mentioned in Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.
A variant of Balbo's chess that shows legal moves and has a slightly different pawn promotion can be found here
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Web page created: 2019-01-12. Web page last updated: 2019-01-12