Chess on a board with 37 squares
Alfred Pfeiffer composed this chess variant on a board with 37 squares,
on the occasion of the 37th birthday of Hans Bodlaender.
The form of the board was proposed by Hans Bodlaender.
The game is played on a board with 37 squares, with the following
Pawns can only promote on the three squares on the last row at the
opponents side. There is no initial double move, and no en-passant
capture by pawns. The purpose of the game is still to mate the king of
the opponent, as in orthodox chess.
- Instead of normal pawns, one uses Berolina-pawns. (These are pawns
that capture straight forward, and move without capture diagonally
forward.) This variant causes that pawns can always reach a promotion
square by non-capturing moves.
- Instead of Bishops, one takes Bishop-Rook-Hunters. These pieces move
forwards like a bishop, and backwards as a rook. This rule change makes
both `bishop'-pieces of the same value (this isn't the case in the
standard variant of this game), as they can change the color of the
square they are on.
The variant with the Berolina-pawns may be best, as the `Berolina'-move
for the pawns seems more natural given the shape of the board.
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Written by Hans Bodlaender and Alfred Pfeiffer.
WWW page created: May 2, 1997.