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The Chess Variant Pages

This page is written by the game's inventor, (zzo38) A. Black.


This is a variant of Xiang-qi, but there is an extra piece, a CASTLE, 2 spaces ahead of the king. It moves 1 space orthogonally, and may not cross the river. You may drop piecs you captured as in Shogi, but only orthogonally adjacent to your castle. If you lose your castle, you may not drop. You may drop across the river. Pieces restricted to one side of the river stay on the side they were dropped on. Mandarins may only be dropped in either player's palace, or diagonally adjacent to a palace, in which it must move inside when it moves next.