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

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

Some Rules

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

  5. 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

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

Same Rules Apply

  1. Kings move the same 1 space any way.
  2. Pawns move the same 1 space to left or right, and attack on diagonal.
  3. 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.
  4. 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...

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

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TheBroSquad (author)2016-03-22

Hurts my mind

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tomatoskins (author)2015-03-23

Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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