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Subject: old shatar rules rss

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Chris Bogert
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I've been digging around trying to find more about the old shatar rules. Modern shatar is essentially chess with different pieces.

Old shatar on the otherhand has a number of interesting rules, different piece movement for the baras (queen) and setup is slightly different (kings don't face eachother).
Also I have read about a different teme (camel) movement limiting to 1-3 diagonal spaces.

I put together a booklet with just the old shatar rules. I threw together some graphics based on a traditional set of pieces and used that pnp board I made a while back.

Only one rule I'm uncertain of, which is the opening pawn moves. I think white puts their queen pawn up two spaces and then black their king pawn up two spaces.. or vice-versa. I read the Ujimqin must move the queen pawn, and the Chahar player the king pawn. Ujimqin and Chahar are two different ethnic groups in Mongolia. So either those are the what each player represents while playing, or they literally mean players of the Ujimqin people play the queen pawns first (both sides), and Chahar people play using the king pawn...

From old diagrams of the game setup, it shows the kings as not facing each other, which besides chess is normal in most other "chess" family games, except when they are in the center like Xiangqi Janggi and Shogi.
Whereas new shatar diagrams show the kings facing each other.

Anyone know any more information?
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