Embassy Chess

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8 a8 black rook b8 black knight c8 black bishop d8 black queen e8 black king f8 black empress g8 black princess 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 empress g1 white princess 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 variant programs available in the chess variant world. It was selected as one out of seven 10x8 board games featured in SMIRF[citation needed], and one out of eleven 8x10 board games featured in ChessV. In both programs, its opening setup can conveniently and 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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