Legan chess

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a8 black king
b8 black knight
c8 black bishop
d8 black rook
e8 black pawn
a7 black bishop
b7 black queen
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
a6 black knight
b6 black pawn
c6 black pawn
a5 black rook
b5 black pawn
d5 black pawn
h5 white pawn
a4 black pawn
e4 white pawn
g4 white pawn
h4 white rook
f3 white pawn
g3 white pawn
h3 white knight
e2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
g2 white queen
h2 white bishop
d1 white pawn
e1 white rook
f1 white bishop
g1 white knight
h1 white king
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Legan chess starting position

Legan chess (or Legan's game) is a chess variant invented by L. Legan in 1913. It differs from standard chess by the starting position as well as by pawn movements.


Rules[edit]

The initial starting position is shown at the right. The game can be also played with the board rotated by 45° clockwise to make pawn movements easier to understand. There are no castling and no en passant moves. Otherwise, the rules of chess apply.

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b6 black pawn
c6 black cross
b5 black cross
c5 black circle
e4 white circle
f4 black cross
e3 black cross
f3 white pawn
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Pawn movements in Legan chess
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a8 white circle
b8 white circle
c8 white circle
d8 white circle
e8 black pawn
a7 white circle
c7 black pawn
d7 black pawn
a6 white circle
b6 black pawn
c6 black pawn
a5 white circle
b5 black pawn
d5 black pawn
h5 white pawn
a4 black pawn
e4 white pawn
g4 white pawn
h4 black circle
f3 white pawn
g3 white pawn
h3 black circle
e2 white pawn
f2 white pawn
h2 black circle
d1 white pawn
e1 black circle
f1 black circle
g1 black circle
h1 black circle
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Pawn promotion in Legan chess

Pawn movement[edit]

Pawns moves one space diagonally forward: white from right to left, black left to right. They capture orthogonally in direction of movements (see the example in the diagram at right). The white pawn on f3 can move to e4 and capture on e3 and f4. Black pawn on b6 can move to c5 and capture on b5 and c6.

Pawn promotion[edit]

Pawns promote on squares occupied in initial position by opponent's king, bishops, knights, and rooks. For example, white pawns promote on squares a5–a8–d8 (marked with white circles); black pawns on e1–h1–h4 (marked with black circles). Note that the pawns that start on d1, h5, a4 and e8 cannot promote without moving toward the center of the board via capturing.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • BrainKing.com internet server to play Legan chess and many other chess variants