Chess and Go/Tcheran and Stones
From Tar Valon Library
Author: Saerin Alagondar
The game of tcheran is based on chess. Unfortunately, the books does not say anything about tcheran other that telling us that it is a strategy game. Therefore, I found it best to say a bit about chess and include links so that non-players can learn chess, should they want to.
Chess is a game for two players played on a square board composed of sixty-four square spaces, alternately dark and light in color.
The board is positioned so that a light-colored square is in the corner to the right of each player, who is provided with sixteen pieces, or chessmen, of black or white color. At the start of the game eight pieces are set down in the horizontal row of squares, or rank, nearest each player. The pieces are: two rooks, or castles, in the corner squares; two knights in the adjoining squares; two bishops next to the knights; the queen on the remaining square corresponding to her color; and the king on the other remaining center square; one pawn sits immediately in front of each of these pieces. Each piece moves according to specific rules and is removed from the board when an opposing piece moves into its square, thus displacing it. The object in chess is to trap, or checkmate, the opponent's king. Students of the game use several systems of notation to describe the moves of the pieces.
Go is a very old strategy game. It originated in China several thousand years ago. It is now played mostly in China, Japan, and Korea but it has fans all around the world. As a game requiring deep thought, it is similar to Chess, but in other ways it is very different.
I chose to write about this game instead of Stones, because there is little information on how to play Stones. Go, however, does have a lot of information. And as Stones is based on Go, I found that writing about that might be the best thing to do. I won't write very much about it, instead including links to sites with the rules of the game and descriptions on how to play it: