# Legan chess

Legan chess

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8 |kd|nd|bd|rd|pd| | | |= 7 |bd|qd|pd|pd| | | | |= 6 |nd|pd|pd| | | | | |= 5 |rd|pd| |pd| | | |pl|= 4 |pd| | | |pl| |pl|rl|= 3 | | | | | |pl|pl|nl|= 2 | | | | |pl|pl|ql|bl|= 1 | | | |pl|rl|bl|nl|kl|= a b c d e f g h

Legan chess.

Legan chess is a chess variant invented by L. Legan in 1913. It differs from standard chess by starting position as well as by pawn movements.

Rules

The initial starting position is shown at the right. The game can be also played with the board rotated by 45° clock-wise to make pawn movements easier to understand.

Pawns moves one space diagonally forward: white from right to left, black left to right. They capture orthogonally in direction of movements. See for example a 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. Pawns promote on squares occupied in initial position by opponents pieces (but not pawns). For example, white pawns promote on squares a5-a8-d8, black on e1-h1-h4.

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8 | | | | | | | | |= 7 | | | | | | | | |= 6 | |pd|xo| | | | | |= 5 | |xo|xx| | | | | |= 4 | | | | |xx|xo| | |= 3 | | | | |xo|pl| | |= 2 | | | | | | | | |= 1 | | | | | | | | |= a b c d e f g h

Pawn movements in Legan chess.

References

* D.B. Pritchard (1994). "The Encyclopedia of Chess Variants" (p. 172). ISBN 0-9524142-0-1.

* [http://brainking.com BrainKing.com] - internet server to play Legan chess and many other chess variants.

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