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Compilation of Brainstorming on Chess Symbolism

Subject: Compilation of Brainstorming on Chess Symbolism

Kali Yuga 49950704

Numbers:

64 squares
 32 black, 32 white (sometimes red)
32 total pieces
 16 black, 16 white (sometimes red, etc.)
20 possible first moves
16 total pawns
8 ranks/files/diagonals
6 ranks of progression for pawns
4 rooks/knights/bishops
2 queens, 2 kings
1 board
------

Names/Words:

King
Queen
Bishop
Knight/Horse
Rook/Castle
Pawn
En Passant
Castling
Check
Checkmate
-----

Pieces/Moves:

King
 never taken; warning given ('Check')
 capture of this piece is *illegal*
 game ends when capture is unaviodable
 moves 1 square along 8 radials
 
Queen
 movement => Rook + Bishop
 moves unlimited squares along 8 radials
 
Bishop
 of a single color diagonal
 moves unlimited squares along 4 radials 

Knight/Horse
 only piece which can jump
 only piece with complex move (2/1; 1/2)
 only piece associated with an animal (horse)
 moves once to 8 possible squares

Rook/Castle
 only piece tied to the King (castling)
 can only capture horizontally
 moves unlimited squares along 4 radials 

Pawn
 can only move/capture 'forward'
 only piece which can transform (often to Queen)
 moves 1 square (or 2 at start) forward, unless
  capturing, in which case to either forward diagonal

King/Queen
 may capture in any direction
 
King/Knight
 both begin with 'K'

King/Rook/Pawn
 have special moves
  P: beginning 2, capture diagonally, en passant, promotion
  R/K: castling

Bishop/Pawn
 may only capture diagonally

Knight/Pawn
 initiating pieces
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Mobility Hierarch: Kn (jump); Q; K; R; B; P
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Rational Divide: Q/B/R (ability/power/shakti?)
                 K/Kn/P (skill/potential/siva?)
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Forms:
King - cross on crown
King/Queen - crowns
King/Queen/Bishop/Pawn - balls on top
Bishop - top resembles a bishop's hat
Knight - often resembles a horse
Rook - resembles a turret
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Movement Diagrams:

Pawn - \^/
        |
        ^

Rook -  |
      --+--
        |


Knight -    x     x
         x           x

         x           x
            x     x


Bishop -  \   /
           \ /
            X
           / \
          /   \


Queen -  \ | /
          \|/
        ---*---
          /|\
         / | \


King -  x x x
        x   x
        x x x
 
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