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Maha Chatukanga. Variant arranging Chaturanga's paired pieces and all their compounds in the style of Grand Chess. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Joseph Ruhf wrote on 2015-05-18 UTC
In his Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, David Pritchard writes this of the Silver piece in the entry on Makruk: "Less convincing is the presence of the B[ishop], which equates to the Gin of shogi, since the piece is also found in Indian and Burmese C[hess] where it is known as the Elephant, its move resemblimg the four feet and trunk of the pachyderm." Since "alfil" means "the elephant" in Arabic and an alternate Elephant move equates to the Silver move, it stands to reason that the names "Kangaroo" and "Infanta" do not need to be lost although Makruk technically has no piece actually named "Elephant".

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-08-04 UTC
What a coincidence! At the same time i was thinking of compound variant of Jangi (because here non-capturing moves of rook and cannon don't overlap and compounds of elephant don't need complicated river restrictions, plus i wanted to add special diagonal lines on 6 border files for compound pieces).
By the way, if variant with compounds of silver general counts as variant of makruk, variant with compounds of alfil is variant of shatranj, in India was variants of chaturanga with both alfil- and silver general-moving elephants.

Charles Gilman wrote on 2010-08-04 UTC
That's true, and you'd then have an enlarged and compounded version of Makruk. I'm not sure what you'd call such a game, or even the compound of Knight and Silver. Strange that getting that much closer to Australia results in losing the Kangaroo! Currently I'm finalising a topically-themed game, but I had already planned to make my next game after that a Xiang Qi with compounds, including a stepping version of the Kangaroo, and no Ferzes. Look out for it in the next few weeks.

Daniil Frolov wrote on 2010-08-01 UTC
Another one variant - instead alfil moves, there are silver general moves (but one of it's moves overlaps with rook moves, and R+B piece will be just dragon king/berse).

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