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Conscription in the Grand Duchy of Lithuania extended primarily to the nobility and burghers. According to the decrees of the Diet, one warrior had to fight next to every two horsemen in the joint movement. He had to go out into the field armed - with a handgun, ax or scythe. In the seventeenth century, warriors began to be hired from other countries - Germany, Spain, England, Scotland, Ireland. For example, in the Radziwill army of 1621 there were two companies of Englishmen and a detachment of 300 Irishmen.

Warriors played a decisive role in the army of the Grand Duchy during the siege of cities. In field battles they usually acted as an auxiliary force. The infantry traditionally occupied a central position, to the left and right of it were mounted cavalry.

In Belarusian-Lithuanian chess, warriors form rows in front of each of the troops: white - row № 2, black - row № 8. They move one step at a time directly and only after their first move have the right to pass two cells. Attack one cell diagonally. Really strong become, uniting and forming the general combinations.

Having managed to reach the last horizontal line, the warrior can receive a position of any figure which has been brought down from a chess player. If he has walked all over the field, and not a single figure of the board has left, he must wait - he has the right to raise the social status only after someone goes to rest. Wait (must remain in the last cage) - will be able to transform into a hetman, prince, prince, horseman, take a gun to the field or close in the tower. This will be considered a separate move.

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