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Capablanca chess setup

Capablanca chess - a chess variant made by former world champion Jose Raul Capablanca in the 1920s. He made this variant because he believed that soon games of top grandmasters would always end in draws. The variant features larger board (8x10 instead of 8x8) and two new pieces: chancellor and archbishop.



There are 10 pawns, 1 king, 1 queen, 2 bishops, 2 knights, 2 rooks, 1 chancellor and 1 archbishop for each side. The rooks are placed in the corners of the board (a1/a8, j1/j8). The knights are placed on b-files and i-files (b1/b8, i1/i8). The bishops are placed on d-files and g-files (d1/d8, g1/g8). Kings are on f1 and f8, and queens are on e1 and e8. Unlike in normal chess, king's starting place is the same color as his color, instead of a queen. The archbishops are on c1 and c8, and the chancellors are on h1 and h8. All the pawns are placed on the 2nd and 7th rank, just like in normal chess.

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White chancellor

Changed rules[]

Kings now castle by moving three squares instead of two. Pawns can promote to every piece (including chancellor and archbishop) except for king.

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White archbishop


Chancellor moves and attacks like a combination of a knight and a rook.


Archbishop moves and attacks like a combination of a knight and a bishop.