If in Western Europe the army was formed primarily of warriors, the majority of the army of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania consisted of horsemen. The cavalry, armed with spears and protected by shields, was brought to the Belarusian lands by the Serbian-Hungarian tradition. During the battle, the knights on the tall and hardy Arab, Turkish, Italian horses broke through the rival system and mixed its order. At the beginning of the 17th century, for the first time, the legendary winged Lithuanian cavalrymen swept over the battlefield, terrifying every horse and howl they encountered: the warriors attached huge black wings made of falcon feathers to their saddles. They were ruled by the then famous Hetman Jan Karol Chodkiewicz.
Motor, able to maneuver and make rapid accurate strikes, the horsemen determined the outcome of many battles. They acted independently and decisively, overcame huge distances in a short time, suddenly appeared behind the enemy, did not know doubt and fear.
Riders of Belarusian-Lithuanian chess at the beginning of the game are located to the left of the prince and the tower: c1, h1 - white; b9, g9 - black. Feel free enough - walk in any direction, but the trajectory is defined: two cells in one direction and one cell in the direction perpendicular to the initial line of motion. Each move changes the color of the field on which they stop.
One of the defining functions is manifested in the endgame: it is the riders who most often bring down from the field the last figures of the rival army, which, separated, remained on the board.