During the long evolution of Chess from Shaturanga in 5th century to modern day Chess, many exotic forms were invented, enjoyed a temporary popularity, and then passed away. One medieval form, which still enjoys interest, is the Byzantine Chess. The circular board has 64 spaces, four citadels, and ordinary chessmen are used.
The pieces have the same moves and powers as in Chess except there is no pawn promotion, and if two of the player’s pawns meet face to face blocking each other, the opponent removes both and then makes his/her move.
If a player’s king is hard pressed and manages to enter his/her opponent’s citadel he/she is considered to have reached a sanctuary and the game is drawn (tie).
Each board is made of 11-ply premium ¾” (1.895 cm) thick Birch plywood for long-term durability. Since wood is a natural product, each board has a unique grain making it one-of-a-kind. The boards are sold as either unstained or stained. The stained boards are satin clear-coated for maximum protection and easy cleaning. Each game comes with two sets of distinctly colored Chess pieces as well as detailed rules and how-to-play instructions booklet. The colors of Chess pieces are subject to availability.
Dimensions: 23.375″ X 23.375″, 59.4 cm X 59.4 cm
Average Weight: 7.97 lbs, 3.61 kgs
Board Stain Color: Light Walnut
Made in USA