Citadel Chess

Citadel ChessShatranj al husun

Players | 2

Equipment

  • 10×10 game board
  • Two sets of chess pieces

Piece Number of pieces Moving
King 1 One space per move any direction – just as in modern chess
General 1 One diagonal space per move
Rook (chariot) 2 Any number of spaces in a straight line – just as in modern chess
Knight (horse) 2 3×2 L shape – just as in modern chess
Elephant 2 Exactly 2 diagonal squares and can jump the intervening square
War Machine (dabbabah) 2 Any number of spaces on a diagonal line – just as in modern chess
Pawn (soldier) 10 One open space forward or take an opponent on a diagonal space – just as in modern chess. Pawns are promoted to generals when they reach the last row. Note: pawns can not open with a double move

 The Goal

The game is won by a player mating or stalemating his opponent. The game ends in a draw if either king makes it to the opposing citadel. The citadel is not actually part of the board, it is the four virtual squares off the board as shown in the above picture.

Placement

All pieces are placed on the board before game play begins:

Rook Knight Elephant War Machine King General War Machine Elephant Knight Rook
Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn Pawn
Icon of Citadel Chess Citadel Chess (60.2 KiB)