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Embassy Chess

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Embassy chess, starting position

Embassy chess is a chess variant created in 2005 by Kevin Hill. It borrows the opening setup from Grand chess by Christian Freeling and adapts it to the 10x8 board.

Embassy chess is a free, non-commercial Capablanca random chess variant that is played on a 10x8 board with two additional pawns per side and two fairy chess pieces: the marshall and the cardinal.

The castling in this chess variant is done by king moving 3 spaces in rook direction, see diagram at right. All other rules, like en passant are the same as in chess.

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Castling in Embassy chess. White castled king-side, black queen-side.

Computer implementations

Embassy chess is supported by at least three multi-variant programs available in the chess variant world. It was selected as one out of seven 10x8 board games featured in SMIRF (developed by Reinhard Scharnagl). It was selected as one out of eleven 8x10 board games featured in ChessV (developed by Gregory Strong). In both programs, its opening setup can conveniently, automatically be loaded for play against a computer opponent.

It is also possible to play Embassy chess in Zillions of Games using a third-party rules file, such as this one.

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