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Thai Chess

I just read about Makruk, or Thai Chess, on Wikipedia last week. I tried playing one game with family members, and it was really fun. Since the queen and bishops are less mobile the board felt larger. It took me back to the experience of learning Chess as a child, when the board felt vast and the moves so endless with possibility that the game seemed to offer a new world for exploration.

I'd like to see Thai Chess added to chess.com. It wouldn't be difficult to code up the slightly different rules (although the "counting rules" would be new). According to Wikipedia, there are two million Thais who play the game. That's a lot of potential new members!

So please join me in encouraging the management to add Thai Chess to chess.com!



  • 5 months ago


    Is easy to play, only take care with bishop movement like a short rook. I confusse the pieces,  big  piece is a rook medium circle piece is the bishop , short piece circle is  the queen,   an giant piece circle is the king , sometimes i conffused and i lost. Try in play ok makruk. http://www.playok.com/en/makruk/

  • 2 years ago



    I was walking to the market today and saw 2 people playing with a group of spectators. I'm planning on focusing on International chess (as it's known here) but I want to learn the Thai version too. I would be so happy if they added it to the site.

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