Al-Baidaq

Baidaq, side view Baidaq, top view

The pawn is called al-baidaq in early arabian chess and represents a simple infantry soldier in the army. Moving and capturing more or less match modern chess, but the douple step as the first move and accordingly capturing en passant were only introduced in Europe at a later time in order to make the game faster. If a baidaq reaches the opposite end of the board, it is upgraded to a firzan, similar to the modern variant.

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