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Centurion Chess


The initial setup looks like this:


Each player has 10 Legionnaires (Pawns), 2 Rooks, 4 Knights, 2 Bishops, 2 Consuls (Queens), and 4 Centurions. 

Chess pieces move like regular chess pieces.

Centurions move and capture forward like a King, and sidewise like a Rook, but they cannot move or capture backwards. 

Centurions can also move up to two squares orthogonally forward on the first move forward. This means that they are allowed to move sidewise like a Rook, and still get a double move forward during the game. The double move forward is a non capturing move (a Pawn like move). 

Centurions promote to Dictator (King) when reaching the last rank and win the game. 

Pawns promote to Rooks, Knights, Bishops, and Consuls (Queens). 


All chess rules apply. 

When a Centurion reaches the promotion line promotes to Dictator (King) and wins the game. 

Centurions cannot promote on a square that is in check or would checkmate the Dictator (King). 

The last Centurion of a player is considered royal and can be checkmated.  

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By Florin Lupusoru.

Last revised by Florin Lupusoru.

Web page created: 2024-05-20. Web page last updated: 2024-05-30