## Introduction: Byzantine or Circular Chess How to Setup and Play!

**Byzantine Or Circular** chess dates back early as the 10th century. It is a variant of... Regular chess!

**The Board** is pretty easy to make it's 4 circles with 16 lines dividing it evenly. To make 16 spaces in each ring.

There are a few variations of this variant, as far as how pieces are setup and some of the rules change.

But for the most part it plays just like Regular chess.**The Setup**

- P , Q and Kg ,P
- P , B and B , P
- P , K and K , P
- P , R and R , P

**Some Rules **

- You CAN NOT move Pawns 2 spaces in the beginning, and must be moved towards the other player.
- If two of your Pawns meet (go around in opposite directions then meet) the other Player can remove them without loss of their turn.
- You CAN NOT "Castle" (it's an adv. move in regular chess.)
The Queen can only move on diagonal And Can Only 1 space at a time.

The Bishop can only move on diagonal and Only 2 spaces at a time, and may jump over other pieces

**Same Rules Apply **

Kings move the same 1 space any way.

Pawns move the same 1 space to left or right, and attack on diagonal.

Knights move the same 2 spaces up, down, left, or right. then 1 space left or right. (the "L" shape) and

may jump over other pieces.

Rooks move the same. any number of spaces up, down, left, or right.

**Winning!**

Or the ways that you can win.

**Check** then **Checkmate**. When the king is threatened we call that a check. If the other player can move the King out of the way the game continues. If they can't move this is **Checkmate**! YOU WIN!

* I play a more Cut Throat style, Where you don't have to Call Check. You can just take the King to WIN.

**Bare King**, When you remove all of the other players pieces but the King. YOU WIN!

**Stalemate**, When you can't move any of your pieces. YOU LOSE! : (

**Draw**, you don't win but you don't lose...

## Step 1: Showing Off Some Moves

Review.

Some Rules

- You CAN NOT move Pawns 2 spaces in the beginning, and must be moved towards the other player.
- If two of your Pawns meet (go around in opposite directions then meet) the other Player can remove them without loss of their turn.
- You CAN NOT "Castle" (it's an adv. move in regular chess.)
- The Queen can only move on diagonal And Can Only 1 space at a time.
- The Bishop can only move on diagonal and Only 2 spaces at a time, and may jump over other pieces

Same Rules Apply

- Kings move the same 1 space any way.
- Pawns move the same 1 space to left or right, and attack on diagonal.
- Knights move the same 2 spaces up, down, left, or right. then 1 space left or right. (the "L" shape) and may jump over other pieces.
- Rooks move the same. any number of spaces up, down, left, or right.

## Step 2: Variant Citadel Chess

One variant is Citadel Chess. It adds an " X " to divided up the middle, and flips the order of the pieces.

So this....................... Becomes this...

- P , Q and K ,P-----1. P , R and R , P
- P , B and B , P-----2. P , N and N , P
- P , N and N , P-----3. P , B and B , P
- P , R and R , P-----4. P , Q and K ,P

And you try to get the King to the Citadel or the center. its a draw Or Win how ever you like to play.

Hurts my mind

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!