A 10x8 board is used.
(Picture of the starting position made using SMIRF program.)
Rook, Knight, Bishop, Archbishop, Queen, King, Archbishop, Bishop, Rook
Archbishops can move either as a Bishop or a Knight.
Pawns promote to Queen, Archbishop, Rook, Bishop or Knight.
When castling 0-0, the King ends on I1. When castling 0-0-0, the King ends on C1.
Follows the rules of standard chess, except as otherwise noted.
Variation of the Janus Chess variation but with a different starting position for some pieces.
Similar to the Bird's Chess position but replacing the Chancellor with another Archbishop.
Archbishop Chess is a hybrid between the Janus and Bird positions on a 10x8 board. Unlike the Janus setup, the b and i pawns are protected, making it harder for quick mates.
It is similar to the Bird starting position, but with a change in armory with an Archbishop being placed with the Queen rather then a Chancellor. The Chancellor didn't protect the C pawn; my variation does.
It also has a symmetrical starting position as standard Chess does.
Tactical players will enjoy this variation. Try it out!
Starting position is:
Follows the rules of Chess with the exception of the castling rule, where the King can castle with or without the chancellor.
0-0 King on I1
0-0-0 King on C1