Makruk

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Makruk, starting position.


Makruk (or Thai Chess) is a board game descended from the 6th century Indian game of chaturanga or a close relative thereof, and therefore related to Western chess. It is regarded as the most similar living game to this common ancestor of all chess variants. Makruk is popular in Thailand and Cambodia.

All pieces move the same as in chess, except

  • Bishop moves one position diagonally or forward (as silver general in Shogi).
  • Queen moves one position diagonally (as the wazir in Chaturanga).

In starting position, pawns are placed on 3rd and 6th rank, Kings face Queens (see diagram). Pawns promote to Queens when they reach 6th rank. There is no castling.

References

  • The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants, D.B. Pritchard (1994), p. 184-186. ISBN 0952414201.

External link

ja:マークルック

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