How to play
Shatranj

The original persian chess game from which modern chess evolved.

Introduction

Shatranj is the game from which modern Standard Chess originated. Elephants take the place of Bishops, and the General replaces the Queen. Traditionally, the boards is not played on a checkered board.

Starting Position

Elephants replace Bishops, and the General replaces the Queen.
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Moves of the Pieces

Pawns cannot advance two squares on their first movement.

General
General

The General has very limited movement, and can only move diagonally one square.

The General is limited to one square diagonally only.
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Elephant
Elephant

Elephants move diagonally two squares, leaping the first square.

The Elephant moves diagonally and can leap pieces like a Knight.
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Pawn Promotion

Pawns promote only to Generals.

Pawns can only promote to Generals.
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Castling

There is no Castling when playing Shatranj.

En Passant

There is no En Passant when playing Shatranj.

Check and Checkmate

Check and Checkmate rules remain the same as Standard Chess.

Stalemate

Stalemate results in a win, not a draw

Draw

Shatranj can be won by capturing all opponent pieces, so if the King is bare, it is win.

But, if on the next move, a capture can be made that results in both Kings being bare, then the game is a draw.

Despite being a bare King, White can capture the remaining black Rook to force a draw.
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Winning

Stalemate is a win as well as checkmate. Also, capturing all of an opponent's pieces and leaving the King bare is a win. ( With one expcetion, see Draw)

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