Embassy Chess

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8 a8 black rook b8 black knight c8 black bishop d8 black queen e8 black king f8 black chancelor g8 black archbishop h8 black bishop i8 black knight j8 black rook 8
7 a7 black pawn b7 black pawn c7 black pawn d7 black pawn e7 black pawn f7 black pawn g7 black pawn h7 black pawn i7 black pawn j7 black pawn 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 i6 j6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 i5 j5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 i4 j4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 i3 j3 3
2 a2 white pawn b2 white pawn c2 white pawn d2 white pawn e2 white pawn f2 white pawn g2 white pawn h2 white pawn i2 white pawn j2 white pawn 2
1 a1 white rook b1 white knight c1 white bishop d1 white queen e1 white king f1 white chancelor g1 white archbishop h1 white bishop i1 white knight j1 white rook 1
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Embassy chess, starting position

Embassy chess is a chess variant created in 2005 by Kevin Hill. It borrows the opening setup from Grand chess by Christian Freeling and adapts it to the 10x8 board.

Embassy chess is a free, non-commercial Capablanca random chess variant that is played on a 10x8 board with two additional pawns per side and two fairy chess pieces: the marshall and the cardinal.[1]

The castling in this chess variant is done by king moving 3 spaces in rook direction, see diagram at right. All other rules, like en passant are the same as in chess.

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8 a8 b8 black king c8 black rook d8 e8 f8 g8 h8 i8 j8 8
7 a7 b7 c7 d7 e7 f7 g7 h7 i7 j7 7
6 a6 b6 c6 d6 e6 f6 g6 h6 i6 j6 6
5 a5 b5 c5 d5 e5 f5 g5 h5 i5 j5 5
4 a4 b4 c4 d4 e4 f4 g4 h4 i4 j4 4
3 a3 b3 c3 d3 e3 f3 g3 h3 i3 j3 3
2 a2 b2 c2 d2 e2 f2 g2 h2 i2 j2 2
1 a1 b1 c1 d1 e1 f1 g1 white rook h1 white king i1 j1 1
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Castling in Embassy chess. White castled king-side, black queen-side.

Computer implementations[edit]

Embassy chess is supported by at least three multi-variant programs available in the chess variant world. It was selected as one out of seven 10x8 board games featured in SMIRF (developed by Reinhard Scharnagl). It was selected as one out of eleven 8x10 board games featured in ChessV (developed by Gregory Strong). In both programs, its opening setup can conveniently, automatically be loaded for play against a computer opponent.

It is also possible to play Embassy chess in Zillions of Games using a third-party rules file, such as this one.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Embassy chess rules by Filip Rachunek.

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