# Different chess board using skak package

Is it possible to set up a different chess board size, say 4x16, using skak package?

No. At least, the chessboard manual notes this limitation specifically (p. 71):

As arguments in the commands of the package skak you can only use the fields of a 8×8-board.

Presumably, this is not really very surprising given its purpose and basic assumptions.

There is no problem creating a chessboard with different dimensions, of course, but skak is concerned with typesetting games, which involve much more than merely drawing boards.

\documentclass{standalone}
\usepackage[LSB,LSBC3,T1]{fontenc}
\usepackage{chessboard}
\storechessboardstyle{4x16}{%
maxfield=d16,
borderwidth=10mm,
boardfontencoding=LSBC3,
color=white,
colorwhitebackfields,
color=black,
colorblackbackfields,
whitepiececolor=yellow,
blackpiececolor=cyan,
pgfstyle=border,
color=white,
markregion=a1-d16,
}
\begin{document}
\chessboard[
style=4x16,
setpieces={Qa8,Qb4,Qc1,Qd3,Qb16,Qc12,Qa7,Qc15,qa1,qb14,qc11,qd13,qb6,qc2,qa4,qc5},

• @djnavas Isn't L reserved for local encodings? I assume the idea was local to installation, but I guess this is local in some extended sense. (LY1 was a mistake, I think.) I'm sure encguide.pdf covers this, though.