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Turkish Great Chess, variation II, 

known as Atranj or Qatranj

By John Ayer



This game, called Atranj or Qatranj, is described by H. J. R. Murray in A History of Chess. The work from which Murray took it is actually Indian.  

Variant:  John Gollon, in mining A History of Chess for his Chess Variations, inadvertently left out each player's two central knights. 


The board is ten squares by ten, presumed uncolored.  (The graphic is checkered for clarity -- Ed.)



There is no castling. The stalemate rule has not survived; stalemate may not have been permitted.


 Chess board illustration made using the Play by Mail system, by Tony Quintanilla.