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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Khmer Chess - Counting Rules

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When neither side has any pawns the game must be completed within a certain number of moves or it is declared a draw. When a piece is captured the count starts again from scratch only if it is the last piece of one side in the game.

When neither side has any pawns left mate must be achieved in 64 moves. The one who is in disadvantage will be the one who will do the counting. He or she may stop counting whenever he or she favors. If the disadvantage side checkmates the advantage side and did not stop counting , the game will be declared a draw.

Friday, January 21, 2011

How to Play Ouk (Khmer Chess)

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Initial Setup
Khmer Chess BoardBoard Size: 8 x 8

Ouk (Khmer Chess) is a strategy game that we can play by two players. But in Cambodia they always play as 2 teams against each others that make this game more fun and excited. The board there are 8 x 8 = 64 squares and contains two different color chess pieces.

They have to set the pieces up from left to right as shown in the picture:
Touk (boat), Ses (Horse), Koul (Pillar), Ang or Sdaach or Khon (King), Neang (Queen), Koul (Pillar), Ses (Horse), Touk (boat) and in front line has 8 fishes (Trey).

Monday, August 2, 2010

History: Ouk or Chaktrung

Ouk or Chaktrung (Khmer chess) is one of the most popular board games played in Cambodia today. This game is dated back to the early Angkor era. The playing chess is depicted on several Khmer temples including Angkor Wat and Bayon.

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