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# Re: Names of chess pieces in (con)langs

From: Nik Taylor Tuesday, April 25, 2006, 18:07
```Nik Taylor wrote:
>> More information can be found at http://wiki.frath.net/Daçezzhi
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> Some basic information:[snip]

Also, unlike in Chess, the naming of squares proceeds from the center.
The top of the board is East, the bottom West, and the sides North and
South.  In the equivalent of algebraic notation, the river row is called
River, and then going up from it, East 1, East 2, East 3, East 4, East
5, while down is West 1, West 2, West 3, West 4, West 5.  Likewise, the
middle column is Middle, with North 1 and South 1 flanking it, North 2,
South 2 outside those, and so on.  Thus, it naturally shows symmetrical
moves.  For example, a game might start out with
1. K-n4w2 K-n4e2 (K = Knight)

More traditional is a descriptive notation, which names the squares by
quadrant (NE, NW, SE, SW) and a name for column (from center outwards -
Aides', Inner Knights', Chariots', Outer Knights', Dragons', with the
Middle Row being just East Middle and West Middle) and row (from center
outwards - Shore, Marching, Soldier, Archer, Home).  The river squares
are unnamed, while the bridges are simply North Bridge, Middle Bridge,
and South Bridge.

To refer more generally to squares, one may optionally leave out the
North and South part, and replace East and West with Friendly and
Hostile.  For example, "Friendly Dragon's Shore" can refer to two
squares for each side (n5e1, s5e1 for East, n5w1, s5w1 for West)
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