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Evidence for Shatranj at-Tamma

1 pieces of evidence found.

Id DLP.Evidence.1183
Type Contemporary rule description
Location 34°10'2.08"N, 43°53'59.89"E
Date 0847-01-01 - 0862-12-31
Rules 10x10 board. The pieces move as follows, with the number per player: 1 x Shah (king): moves one space orthogonally or diagonally. 1 x Fers (counselor): One square diagonally. 2 x Rukh (rook): Any number of spaces orthogonally. 2x Dabbaba: move one space orthogonally or diagonally.2 x Pil (elephant): Two squares diagonally, jumping over the first. Cannot capture another Pil. 2 x Asb (horse): Moves as a chess knight. 10 x Sarbaz (soldier): Moves one space forward orthogonally; one space forward diagonally to capture. No en passant. Sarbaz begins in the third rankPromoted to Fers when reaching the eighth rank, only if the Fers has been captured. Otherwise, the other player captures it. No castling. Stalemate results in win for player causing it. The player who checkmates the king wins.
Content Kitab an-nuzhat f'ish-shatranj ("Delight of the Intelligent in the Known Chess") by Abu Zakariya Yahya ibn Ibrahim al-Hakim. Contains excerpts from al-Adli's Kitab ash-Shatranj, describing Shatranj at-Tamma. Gives the pieces, board, and their movements. al-Adli is known to have played in the court of Abbasid Caliph Mutawakkil. de Somogyi 1959: 434; Murray 1913:169, 341-342.
Confidence 100
Social status Nobility
Genders Male
Source de Somogyi, J. 1959. " The Arabic Chess Manuscripts in the Johbn Rylands Library." Bulletin of the John Rylands Library 41(2): 430-455., Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.

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