The placement of pieces is similar to the standard square-based chess variant, with a few exceptions. The Queen is always placed four hexagons from the Queen Indicator Hexagons (the small brown hexagons at three of the corners of the board).
ImmortalStarMasters has a third bishop (due to the
nature of the hexagon matrix) which is placed on the territory's "Color Hexagon" (this
"Sovereign Bishop" is the only Bishop which can occupy the center
hexagon of the board unless a player opts for another Sovereign Bishop upon promotion
of a Pawn). A ninth pawn (the Sovereign Bishop Pawn) is placed directly in
front of the Sovereign Bishop (one Bishop or Pawn capture move away from the
The Knights (S - Springer) and Bishops are transposed
in relation to the standard chess varient, i.e., the two Bishops on the back ranks
are placed next to the two Rooks, and the two Knights (S) are placed between
the two Bishops and the King and Queen.
A Guard Pawn is placed between each Rook (located in
the standard position on the first, or back, rank) and the Rook Pawn on the primary
Pawn rank (the third rank). Each Guard Pawn is designated as to King or Queen