2.2 The pieces
At the beginning of the game one player has 16 red pieces; the other has 16 black pieces. These pieces are as follows:
Two red rooks, indicated by the symbol Two red knights, indicated by the symbol
Eight red pawns, indicated by the symbol
Two black elephants, indicated by the symbol
2.3 The initial position
2.3.1 The initial position of the pawns on the chessboard is fixed as shown below:
2.3.2 It is allowed to place the king, general, elephants and knights freely on the one’s side behind the pawns according to the player’s wish.
2.3.3 The rooks are allowed to place only at the back rank.
2.3.4 The eight vertical columns of squares are called ‘files’. The eight horizontal rows of squares are called ‘ranks’. A straight line of squares touching corner to corner is called a ‘diagonal’.