Board 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).
ល្បែងអុក ឬចត្រង្គ មានដើមកំណើតតាំងពីមុនសម័យពុទ្ធកាលមកម្ល៉េះ ដែលបុរាណហៅថា ល្បែង បាសកា ធ្លាប់មានតំណាលក្នុងអក្សរសិល្ប៍ខ្មែរ និងមានរូបចម្លាក់នៅតាមប្រាសាទនានាជាភ័ស្តុតាង ស្រាប់។
|Ouk or Chatrang (Khmer Chess) is most played in Cambodia for a long time ago, as it is depicted in several reliefs found on a lot of temples in Cambodia such as Angkor Wat or Bayon temple. Ouk Chaktrung is one of the most popular board games played in Cambodia today. This game is dated back to the early Angkorian era in 800 AD. Ouk most closely resembles a form of chess which originated in India but the great chess historian, H. J. R. Murray, was not able to discover or trace the Indian ancestry.||
Angkor Wat Relief: King Playing Chess.
Khmer chess is almost identical to Makruk, Thai chess. As Thai seized Angkor in 1431, they may have learned chess from the Khmer people. Murray believes that the word “ruk” in “Makruk” probably came from a Khmer word meaning “Ouk”.
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.