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Turkish Great Chess II. Gollon's large historical variant. (10x10, Cells: 100) [All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Anonymous wrote on Tue, Jun 8, 2010 12:22 PM UTC:
In one of pages, describing this game was comment about move of qualmaqini:
'Interpret that as you wish'. I suppose, it's move is unknown.
Here are my ideas about it:
1. If on same rank or file as opponent's king, moves 1 orthogonally
towards it. If shares neither rank, nor file, moves 1 diagonally towards
both rank and file.
2. Moves orthogonally towards opponent's king either rank or file.
3. As 1 and 2 both.

John Smith wrote on Fri, Oct 24, 2008 03:29 AM UTC:Average ★★★
I think the Qalmaqini moves are explained as thus: Draw a line between the center of the Qalmaqini's square to the center of the opposing Padshah. The orthogonally or diagonally adjacent squares to the Qalmaqini that are in this path are which squares the Qalmaqini can move to. I do not think they promote since they can always potentially move.

Yu Ren Dong wrote on Thu, Oct 23, 2008 09:31 AM UTC:Good ★★★★
I think this version is better than other Turkish Great Chess. 

Qalmaqini ,armed women, moves like a Shogi Pawn. Can Qalmaqini be promoted when reaching in the last rank?

Abdul-Rahman Sibahi wrote on Sun, May 13, 2007 05:30 AM UTC:
The Qalmaqini sounds very much like the Shogi pawns. Am I right ?

📝John Ayer wrote on Sat, Mar 31, 2007 12:23 AM UTC:
That's the way it was: symmetrical with respect to a point rather than a line.

Jeremy Good wrote on Fri, Mar 30, 2007 10:05 PM UTC:
Setup for preset and diagram is asymmetric. Is that on purpose?

Jeremy Good wrote on Tue, Feb 21, 2006 03:46 AM UTC:
The Qalmaqini require a bit more explanation as to how they move exactly, I think.

📝John Ayer wrote on Wed, Aug 6, 2003 04:26 AM UTC:Good ★★★★
If we call the armed female attendants Qalmaqini, and the bishop-knight a Bukhshi, then the king is called Shah instead of Padshah (emperor), and they are arranged Bukhshi, Wazir, Shah, Shahzadeh from left to right across each player's four central squares on the home-row. Murray says the version shown in the diagram above is the corrected version, but this other arrangement has its own internal logic. Probably there was some experimenting.

Tony Quintanilla wrote on Sat, Jul 12, 2003 11:05 PM UTC:Good ★★★★
Besides its historical interest, this is a very interesting variant. The different central Pawns and the central Knights are intriguing. The selective use of the 3rd or forward rank bears consideration in designing other games too.

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