Lately I have fallen in love with game of Makruk. For those who don't know, Makruk is the Thai variant of Chess. Here's a brief overview of the game:
The game is played on a board consisting of 8x8 squares, with the pieces placed in the squares. The purpose is to checkmate your opponent's khun (the equivalent of the king in Western Chess). Stalemate is a draw.
Names of the pieces: Khun ("noble;" equivalent of the king), Met (takes the place of the queen), Khon (takes the place of the bishop), Ma (equivalent of the knight), Rua ("boat;" equivalent of the rook), and Bia (equivalent of the pawn).
The equivalents of the king, knight, rook, and pawn are basically exactly the same as they are in Western Chess, except that pawns do not have a 2-step first move, and because of that, there is no en passant. The pawns begin on the third row instead of the second as in Western Chess. The king always stands on the left (so the two kings do not face each other). There is no castling.
The two unique pieces are met and khon. Met takes the place of the queen in Western Chess, and moves one space diagonally (similar to the shi in Chinese Xiangqi). Khon takes the place of of the bishop, and moves one space diagonally as well as one space vertically forward (just like the silver general/gin in Japanese Shogi).
Promotion: The pawns promote once they reach the opponent's third row, which is the sixth row from the player's perspective, instead of the last row as in Western Chess. Once promoted, a pawn becomes a Biagai, which moves one space diagonally, just like the piece Met.
There are some rules that concern draw games (for example, in the event that one side's king becomes a bare king, his opponent must checkmate him in a number of moves; the number of moves is determined by what pieces the winning player has left.) These rules are complicating and therefore unfitting for this introduction, which is mean to be a brief overview.
So is there any Makruk player? I'm especially interested in talking to Thais who know the game. If anyone is interested in playing it or learning how to player it, please let me know. =)
Edited by MengTzu, 17 February 2009 - 01:32 AM.