85 ( +1 | -1 ) difference B/w shatranj and chess!Well there are 7 ammendments made to SHATRANJ to give birth to chess which are very interesting to know such as! 1) Bishops or elephents can move unlimited # of squares while originally only 2 and can also JUMP over the pieces. 2)Queen or general is the weakest piece in shatranj and can move only one square diagonal. 3) pawns cannot move 2 squares in first move. 4)No castling however king can make an Lshaped move like knight in its first move. 5)Pawns are only promoted to pieces they moved from such as knight pawn will only be promoted to knight. 6) NO enpassant. 7)Game is win even if mate is not possible for instance if I have a bishop extra and you have only king then I have won.accordingly no stale mate.
which version is easy then?????? :-) Old or new???
31 ( +1 | -1 ) aqeelWhere did you get this statement of the rules of Shatranj (mediaeval or Arab chess), as they differ from my understanding of them? For instance, I understood that the Vizier moves in the same way as the King (who has no L-shaped move), and that a pawn can be promoted only to a Vizier.
48 ( +1 | -1 ) There are lots of early predecessors to chess, so I would imagine what happened was that the different variants all got mixed up with one another through time. However, aqeel's list of rules seem to more closely match Chaturanga than Shatranj. Still, even in Chaturanga, the king can make one knight-move during the game at any time so long as he is not in check and stalemating one's opponent results in a loss for the player than delivered the stalemate.
50 ( +1 | -1 ) to philaretusWell these I searched and got as the earliest known chess rules.Still this game is played in our region and is the most popular variant. I believe it becomes a very defense sort of game with lots of calculations for instance now count the squares for how long will it take your bishop to reach that corner! and also the fire of chess is not present.Imagine rook being the most powerful of all.Strategy is more than the tactics in this variant.
38 ( +1 | -1 ) Hmm.. Well, I heard from someone who plays that shatranj has a move like castling in which the king and rook exchange places, and all the enemy pieces lying on the squares between them are taken.
Also, the king is always to the player's left (or right - don't remember), i.e. the king faces the opponent's queen (general).