Balbo's Game

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Balbo's Game board and starting setup

Balbo's Game is a chess variant invented by M. [Monsieur] G. Balbo in 1974.[1][2] The chessboard has a novel shape comprising 70 squares, and each player commands a full chess army minus one pawn.

The game was featured in Le Courrier des Echecs magazine, September 1974.

Game rules[edit]

The starting setup is as shown. All the rules of chess apply, except there is no castling, and promotion squares are specially defined:

  • At the ends of files d through h, pawns have normal promotion options.
  • At the ends of files c and i, pawns may promote only to a bishop or knight.



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