This Galactic Chess, by the King,
Krishnaraja wodeyar III as designer, may be considered as one of the
best works of the “Chess” tradition. Though it has not received any
popularity until date, may now create enthusiasm among the players.
Two players are played on board twelve squares by twelve, unchecquered.
first square of the first row is the place of elephant and is on a1, l1
and a12, l 12
second square of the first row is the place of horse and is on a2, k2
and a11, k11
third house is the place of flag and is on a3, j3 and a10, j10
fourth is the place of chariot and is on a4, i4 and a9, i9
fifth is the place of camel and is on a5, h5 and a8, h8
sixth is the house of the King and is on a6 and a7
seventh is the house of the minister and is on a7 and a6
fill the whole of the second and eleven ranks.
Raja moves as the King
mantri moves as the Queen.
elephant moves as the Bishop.
Ratha, or Chariot, moves to the 4th square in four
camel moves diagonally
Horse, moves as the Knight.
flag, moves to the 3rd square diagonally
Soldiers have no multiple steps
The sole object of the game is to gain control over the
opponent and to lock the other player's movement, and demonstrate one’s
own intellect, calls the game as “balabali”, a metaphor for a
minuscule warfare, where one’s strength is displayed.
In this board, some pieces, work together well, and
choosing them in combination adds to the value of the army as a whole;
the team as a whole is considered and described. The whole army has been
designed and the king describes an array called “garuda+vyuha”
and displays the pieces, where the opponent cannot penetrate, minister
positioned straight to the King in f7, camel in d5 & d8, chariot in d4 &
d9, flag in e3 & e10 and horse and chariot at equal distance from the
minister maintaining balanced force and the soldiers in c 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
The King has not fully explained the workings of the
Game, but he offers also a vague insight into its spiritually alluring
nature and its relation with Zodiac positioning and movement.