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Evidence for Hindustani Chess

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1223
Type Contemporary rule description
Location 25°19'3.52"N, 82°58'26.09"E
Date 1885-01-01 - 1885-12-31
Rules 8x8 board, marked as in Chaturanga. Pieces move according to specialized moves, as follows: Pawns (x8): can move one space forward; Elephant(or Chariot or Boat) (x2): can move any number of spaces orthogonally; Elephant (x2): can move any number of spaces diagonally; Horse (2): moves in any direction, one space orthogonally with one space forward diagonally; Vizier (x1): can move any number of spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Raja (x1): can move one space orthogonally or diagonally, but can also move like the horse on its first move, if it has not yet been checked. The pieces are arranged as in Chess, except the Vizier is place to the left of the Raja on both sides. Players capture pieces by moving onto a space occupied by an opponent's piece. When a Pawn reaches the opposite edge of the board from where it started, it may be promoted to the more powerful piece that begins the game in that position, but only if one of these belonging to the player has already been captured. If this has not happened, the pawn cannot move to the final row. When a player can capture the opponent's Raja on the next turn, the Raja is in Check, the opponent's next move must free the Raja from Check. If the opponent cannot, it is Checkmate and the player wins. If a player captures all of the opponent's pieces aside from the Raja and Pawns, it is declared a half-win, or Burd. When both players are left with only a Raja, it is a draw. Players are not allowed to stalemate the opponent. If Check is given 70 times in succession, the game is a draw.
Content Hindustani Chess, described in Risala I Shatranj by Syamakisora. From Murray 1913: 22, 79.
Confidence 100
Source Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

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