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Evidence for Korkserschach

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1992
Type Contemporary rule description
Location Germany 1850
Date 1873-01-01 - 1873-12-31
Rules Played on an 8x8 board with pieces with specialized moves: Pawns (8): can move one space forward; Players agree at the beginning of the game whether pawns may move two spaces on their first turn. Two pawns may be moved by a player in their first turn of the game. Pawns may only be promoted to a piece that has already been captured. If none have been captured, the pawn must remain in place until a piece has been captured. 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, jumping over any intervening pieces; Queens (1): can move any number of spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Kings (1): can move one space orthogonally or diagonally. A King cannot castle if it has ever been checked. Players capture pieces by moving onto a space occupied by an opponent's piece. A player must say 'Gardez la reine' (Guard the Queen) when the queen is threatened. 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. A player who causes a stalemate loses.
Content Description of passage in O. Klemich's Das Schach- oder Kriegs- oder Königs- spiel: "This work describes the unrecognized variety of German chess which the magazines and clubs contemptuously dismiss as the Korsker chess. The special features of this game are (1) it is a matter for mutual agreement whether the Pawns be allowed to make an initial move to the 4th line, (2) a Pawn can only be promoted to the rank of a piece already lost, and if none has been lost the Pawn must remain as a 'dummy' until a piece has been sacrificed, (3) a King loses its right to castle if it has been checken, (4) the player who stalemates his opponent loses the game, (5) an attack on the Queen cannot be made effective unless 'Gardez la reine' has been said (6) it is 'almost a law' that the game must begin with two simultaneous moves." Murray 1913: 391
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

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