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Chaturanga (14x14) DLP Game   

Period Medieval, Modern

Region Southern Asia

Category Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Chaturanga

Description

This version of Chaturanga is described in the Hariharacaturanga, a late medieval Sanskrit manuscript attributed to Godavaramisra, a minister in the court of Prataparudra Deva, Gajapati emperor of Odisha.

Rules

14x14 board. 32 pieces per player. Pieces move as follows: King (x1): Moves any distance orthogonally or diagonally; Crown Prince (x1): moves up to six spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Minister (x1): moves up to six spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Military leader (x1): moves up to six spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Elephant (x2): moves forward orthogonally up to five spaces with the possibility of then moving one space backward diagonally; Cart (x2): moves any distance orthogonally; Horse (x4): moves one space orthogonally and then one space diagonally, leaping over any intervening pieces; Machinist (x4): moves forward orthogonally up to four spaces, forward diagonally one space, or backward orthogonally one space; Archer (x4): moves forward orthogonally up to three spaces, forward diagonally one space, or backward orthogonally one space; Spearmen (x4): moves forward orthogonally up to two spaces, forward diagonally one space, or backward orthogonally one space; Swordsmen (x4): forward one space orthogonally or diagonally or backward one space orthogonally. Players place their pieces on their half of the board in any arrangement they wish. When a piece moves to a space occupied by an opponent's piece, the opponent's piece is captured. If the King can be captured by the opponent on their next turn, it is in check and must not be in check at the end of the player's turn. If this is not possible, the player loses.

Bock-Raming 2001.

Origin

India

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Sources

Bock-Raming, A. 2001. "Das 8. Kapitel des Hariharacaturanga: ein spätmittelalterlicher Sanskrittext über eine Form des "Großen Schachs" Annotierte Übersetzung und Interpretation." Board Games Studies 4: 85-125.

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Identifiers

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