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Evidence for Chandaraki

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.2000
Type Ethnography
Location Tibet
Date 1775-03-30 - 1775-03-30
Rules Played on an 8x8 board with pieces with specialized moves: Pawns (8): can move one space orthogonally forward, or two steps orthogonally forward only if it is the first move of any of that player's pawns, capture one space diagonally forward; Rooks (2): can move any number of spaces orthogonally; Bishops (2): can move any number of spaces diagonally; Knight (2): moves in any direction, one space orthogonally with one space forward diagonally; Queens (1): can move any number of spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Kings (1): can move one space orthogonally or diagonally. An opponent's piece is captured by moving a player's own piece onto a space occupied by the opponent's piece. When a King can be captured on the next turn by an opponent's piece, it is in check. The King must not be in check at the end of the player's turn. If this is not possible, it is checkmate and the opponent wins. When a player is reduced to a King without any other pieces, the game is a draw.
Content Letter dated March 30, 1775, from George Bogle, sent on a mission to Tibet: "I must confess, the pleasantest hours I spent before the arrivval of the Pyn-Coochos (the Lama's nephews) were either in my audience with the Lama, or in playing at chess. The arrival of a large party of Calmucks furnished me with enough of combatants. THeir (The Thibetians) method of playing differs from ours, in this particular: the privilege of moving two steps at once is confined by them to the first pawn played by each party, and they know nothing of castling and stalemate: Instead of this last, it is a drawn game, when the king is left solus, without a piece or pawn on the board." van der Linde 1874: 134-135.
Confidence 100
Ages Adult
Genders Male
Source van der Linde, A. 1874. Geschichte und Litteratur des Schachspiels. Berlin: Springer.

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