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Here are two linked puzzles:

Puzzle #1 is a riddle:

I am played in black and white,
though probably not a game of might.

Half of the field gets loaded at start
with equal forces on either part.

It represents a war with pieces,
having soldiers and different animal species.

Who am I?


Puzzle #2 is linked to the above:

A fill-in-the-blank:

__, B, N, R, Q, K

No partial answers, please.

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Part 1:

Chess

Since:

I am played in black and white

Obvious

though probably not a game of might

Chess requires strategy, not brute force

Half of the field gets loaded at start

32 out of 64 squares

with equal forces on either part

Black and white have the same pieces

It represents a war with pieces

Obvious

having soldiers and different animal species

The pieces on the board are commonly referred to as soldiers on a battlefield - and knights are soldiers
Humans and knights are also different animal species

So part 2:

You're tricking us! We have to leave it blank!

Since:

There are 6 types of pieces each with a designation, pawn (no symbol), bishop (B), knight (N), rook (R), queen (Q) and king (K)

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    $\begingroup$ Humans and knights are also different animal species? :)) In some languages pieces are referred as animals( elephant for bishop, horse for knight etc. ) $\endgroup$ – Burak Mete Sep 15 '17 at 8:37
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The obvious looking answer would seem to be

Chess

except that "having soldiers and different animal species" doesn't fit well:

as chess really only has horses, and they're not even called that.
Also, this is far too obvious an answer, so I sincerely hope it's not Chess.

So I'd offer instead:

Shogi


Part 1:

I am played in black and white

The players in Shogi are "Black" and "White"

though probably not a game of might

It's a strategy game won by capturing the king, not by killing all the opponents

Half of the field gets loaded at start
with equal forces on either part

This game is played on a $9\times9$ board, and each player begins with 20 pieces -
$20+20=40$ is as close to half of $81$ as you can get.
Both players have equal forces.

It represents a war with pieces
having soldiers and different animal species

There are soldiers ("foot soldiers" and "generals") and different animal species: "horses" and "dragons"


Part 2:

Linked to the above, fill in the following blank:
__, B, N, R, Q, K

Shogi has bishops, knights, rooks, queens, kings with the familiar letters.
It also has "G"old Generals, "S"ilver Generals, "L"ances, and "P"awns,
plus promoted "+" versions of most of these.

So—trick question... the blank would contain, probably: G, S, L, P

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    $\begingroup$ good information on a game similar to Chess ! $\endgroup$ – Mea Culpa Nay Sep 15 '17 at 8:18

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