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Question arose with a friend when he he posted this picture on his blog.

Is there a game where you could configure a game with the pieces like this? I know it is a bit odd, but he and I suspected it would be a somewhat fun diversion to actually play that board. Obviously you could do it with a physical board, but I usually play online or on my phone.

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Intresting question although I would not use it for such sillyness :) I had such programs on other computers with older operating systems and I found them via google , chess.com and some forums. And they were free. Do not know about now but have you googled yet ? –  mick Oct 12 '12 at 15:40
    
yeah I tried googling but to much noise, maybe not using the right terms, i keep getting custom made chess sets etc. –  Pentomax Oct 12 '12 at 15:45
    
Have you tried chessbase ? –  mick Oct 12 '12 at 15:49
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You can use Xboard/Winboard depending of the OS you have and uncheck the option "Test Legality" at the general options menu, I did it myself with in my Xbord/Linux configuration and this is it:

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Almost any commercially decent chess software allows you to set up your own position.

Chessbase, crafty, and numerous other chess engines allow you to do that. However, in the picture that you have posted, there are more than 16 pieces of one color. Since this is not possible in a real chess game (not matter how wild) most of these engines will reject the position as being 'illegal.'

If a position is legal, you can set it up as the starting point and play against a computer engine, or get an evaluation for that position.

Hope that helps.

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