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Main Chator (Main Chatur)





Southeastern Asia


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Main Chator is a capturing game played in Malaysia and Indonesia that is very similar to other games derived from Chaturanga. It involves special rules for castling and pawn promotion, and a special move when the Rajah is first checked, and


Played on an 8x8 board with pieces with specialized moves: Bidah (8): can move one space forward, or one space diagonally to capture; Tor (2): can move any number of spaces orthogonally; Gajah (2): can move any number of spaces diagonally; Kudah (2): moves in any direction, one space orthogonally with one space forward diagonally; Mautri (1): can move any number of spaces orthogonally or diagonally; Rajah (1): can move one space orthogonally or diagonally. When first checked, the Rajah may move like a Kudah, or move two spaces in any direction. Players capture pieces by moving onto a space occupied by an opponent's piece. Castling may occur in two separate moves: the Tor moves next to the Rajah, and if the Rajah is checked, it may move to the other side of the Tor. Promotion of Bidahs occur when they reach the opposite edge of the board, but only immediately if they reach the Tor's square. Pawns reaching any other square must make two moves along the before they can be promoted; the first must be a lateral move, the second may be lateral or diagonal. .Player wins when they capture the other player's king.

Brooke 1849: 246-247.

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Main Chator.lud


Murray 1913:96-105

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Brooke, R. 1849. 'Chess in Borneo.' The Chess Player's Chronicle 9: 246-247.

Murray, H. J. R. 1913. A History of Chess. London: Oxford University Press.



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