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Al-Adli

Al-Adli About 800 years after the birth of Christ, chess was well known in the Arabic World. Al-Adli was the greatest known player of that age until 847. He was the closest friend of the caliph, a poet, and a minister-like official.
The game was a bit different than the modern chess we know. The initial setup was the same, as well as the king, the knight and the rook. The queen was the weakest piece because it could move one square and in diagonals only. Bishop moved in diagonals, but only two sqares, and could jump over pieces, didn't attack and didn't defend the nearest four squares. Pawns could move one step only and there was neider castling.


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Claiming Result

It is possible here that the innocent player claims any result in a game which has been terminated by his/her opponent's fault.
It's not clearly the best if the innocent player wins, especially not if the game just started or he/she has a loosing position.
Sometimes it's definitely wrong if our rating is over our real playing strength, therefore players can claim draw and losing beside winning, and can delete the broken game without any result.
This can happen if our opponent runs out of time and has no more vacation for the current year or his/her vacation has also elapsed, or when he/she simply changes their mind and leaves the club.
In these situation it's up to the innocent player, what result he claims for that game. His/her results change according to the choice, the guilty player loses independently.
So, we can claim the best result for us in broken games, which is not necessarily the winning.
Tournament games differ, those are won by the innocent player, there is no result claim there.
 
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