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Skak DLP Game   

Period Modern

Region Northern Europe

Category Reconstruction, Done, Board, War, Replacement, Checkmate, Chaturanga


Skak is the form of Chess played in Iceland. It maintains an old form of winning by the "bare king."


8x8 board. The pieces move as follows, with the number per player: 1 x King: moves one space orthogonally or diagonally. 1 x Queen: moves any distance diagonally or orthogonally. 2 x Rook: Any number of spaces orthogonally. 2 x Bishop: moves any distance diagonally 2 x Knight: Moves as a chess knight. 8 x Pawn: Moves one space forward orthogonally; one space forward diagonally to capture. Promoted when reaching the eighth rank. Castling and en passant are allowed. 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. Stalemate is a draw. When a player captures all of their opponent's pieces except the King are captured, the opponent loses, though this is considered a lesser win.

Murray 1913: 468-469.

These rules were taken from the Skak ruleset.

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Skak (Ludii 1) Reconstructed with Ludii
Skak (Ludii 2) Reconstructed with Ludii
Skak (Ludii 3) Reconstructed with Ludii
Skak (Ludii 4) Reconstructed with Ludii
Skak (Ludii 5) Reconstructed with Ludii

Incomplete rulesets
Skak Rules for Skak.



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Murray 1913: 468-469.

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Fiske, W. 1905. Chess in Iceland and in Icelandic Literature with Historical Notes on other Table-Games. Florence: The Florentine Typographical Society.

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



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