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A variation chess built upon the information provided about Kaissa "the game" from the books of Gor by John Norman. In this variation the creator found at Kaissa.org fills in some piece movements where the story left off to provide a more complete and balanced game.

Ubar(UB)
The Ubar or King is the most powerful piece on the board. He can move, as far as he likes in any direction similar to the Queen in chess, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. The Ubar is a back row piece and he can be taken anytime during play. His loss does not constitute the end of the game. That only occurs when the home stone is captured or an opponent resigns.
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Ubara(UA)

The Ubara, the Ubar's mate functions pretty much like the, except that she is restricted to three squares in any one direction, so long as her way is not impeded by another piece . The Ubara is also a back row piece. The Ubara, at the start of the game, rests on a square of her own color, next to the Ubar.
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Tarnsman(TN)

The Tarnsman is represented by a man sitting on top of a giant hawk like bird. His moves are three squares up and two over in any direction; the only piece on the board that can go over or around another piece. There are two Tarnsman to a side.
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Scribe(SC)

The Scribe moves diagonally on his own color, forward or backward, but is limited to five squares in either direction, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. There are two Scribes to a side.
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Builder(BD)

The Builder moves on the board, forward, backward and laterally in both directions, with no limit to the number of squares he can advance, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. There are two Builders to a side.
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Initiate

The Initiate is a high priest, and not to be trusted. He too, like the Scribe, moves on the diagonal; except, unlike the Scribe, the Initiate has no limit to the number of squares he can advance, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. He is also limited to his own color.
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Spearman(SP)

The Spearman is the first of the front row pieces. He moves forward only and captures only on the diagonal. On his first move, the Spearman has the option of moving one, two, or three squares forward. After that he advances only one square at a time, no matter which option he chose. Unlike a chess pawn a spearman cannot be redeemed for a lost higher piece by advancing him to your opponent's back row. There are six Spearmen to a side.
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Rider of The "High Thalarion"(HT)

Flanking the six Spearmen in the front row, one on each side, is a Rider of the High Tharlarion, or lizard rider. He can move one square in any direction, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. There are two Rider's of The High Thalarion to a side.
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Assasin(A)

Flanking the two Riders of the High Tharlarion in the front row, one on each side, is an Assassin. An Assassin can move two squares in any direction forward, backward, laterally or diagonally, so long as his way is not impeded by another piece. There are two Assassins to a side.
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Home stone

The Home stone is what the game of Kaissa is all about. It does not start on the board, but must be placed on the board after the seventh move and on or before, but not later than the tenth move. The placement of the Home stone constitutes a move on it's own. If the Home stone is not placed on or before the tenth move, the game is over by default. The object is to capture your opponent's Home stone, without losing your own. When a Home stone is captured, or a Player resigns the game is over. The Home stone can move one square in any one unimpeded direction. It cannot capture other pieces. The placement of the Home stone on the board is yours and your opponent's choice. The Home stone must be placed on the back row of your playing pieces. It cannot be placed on an already occupied square.
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Kaissa Red Piece Placement
Kaissa Layout
Kaissa Yellow Piece Placement






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