Courier

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Courier is a large board variant that was developed in 12th century Europe. It was played for hundreds of years and probably contributed the bishop move to modern chess.

Pieces

Name Abbr Move Notes
King K K
Mann M K or Rath
Queen Q F
Spy S W Schleich (sneak, smuggler, spy, or fool) or Trülle (trull).
Courier (currier) C B or Läufer (runner).
Bishop B A "Old Man" or "Archer"
Knight N N
Rook R R

Setup

r n b c m k s c b n r
p p p p p p p p p
q
p p p
P P P
Q
P P P P P P P P P
R N B C M K S C B N R