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  • Cheshire Cat Chess

    V.R. Parton was the inventor of many different chess variants, and most probably a great lover of Lewis Caroll's book Alice in Wonderland. Many of his chess variants were named after figures from this book, and its followup Through the Looking-Glass. Most well known in this aspect is his Alice Chess, but this is another variant whose name is taken from the popular book for children of all ages. The game was invented in 1970. The description here is based on the account in Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants.

    Rules

    Rules are as in orthodox chess, with the following additional rules. Every time a square is vacated, because a piece moves away from it, the square disappears. A piece cannot (obviously) move to a disappeared square, but pieces may move over disappeared squares, and also give check over disappeared squares. The first time a king moves, it may move as a queen. Note that castling is impossible.

    Comment

    Parton also recommended the variant of this game, played on a ten by ten board, with extra rooks placed on the new corner squares.


    Written by Hans Bodlaender.
    WWW page created: December 4, 1995. Last modified: November 4, 1996.
    

    Comments

    This item is a game information page,
It belongs to categories: Orthodox chess, 
It is a 2 player game.
It was last modified on: 2001-09-29
 Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Vernon Rylands Parton. Cheshire Cat Chess. Squares are disappearing. (8x8, Cells: 64)
    2009-07-18 George Duke Verified as George DukeNone

    'Alice laughed. Said the Queen, ''I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.''' -TTLG We'll put two Partons and two Betzas since they have the most relevance to the old CVPage mentality. Great Parton rather has an Alice fixation or anyway uses Lewis Carroll to advantage. Parton does seem to get each concept right the first time, but behind the scenes there were probably incredible trials and errors, having honest respect for the audience.

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    2003-03-22 Charles Gilman UnverifiedNoneA small point, but it is better to describe the squares as 'removed', as Fergus Duniho does in his page on Wormhole Chess, rather than 'disappeared'. Disappear is what the squares do, not what is done to them. View

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    Author: Hans L. Bodlaender. Inventor: Vernon Rylands Parton.

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