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Ivory shatar displayed in Hulun Buir National Museum

Shatar (Mongolian: ᠮᠣᠩᠭᠣᠯ ᠰᠢᠲᠠᠷ᠎ᠠ Monggol sitar-a, "Mongolian shatranj"; a.k.a. shatar) and hiashatar are two chess variants played in Mongolia.

Game rules

The rules are similar to standard chess; the differences being that:


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Hiashatar is a medieval chess variant played in Mongolia that is not as popular as shatar. The game is played on a 10x10 board. The pieces are the same as in shatar with the following exceptions: