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Three Fat Brothers Chess

Introduction

This chess variant is inspired on a theme of the novel 'Three fat fellows' by the Russian author Jury Olesha (1920s). I liked this novel very much in my childhood. This is an experimental chess variant with three king pieces. -- S. Sirotkin

Object

Capture three opponent's Brothers - Senior, Middle and Younger.

Initial Array

Pieces


Senior Brother
Moves to any adjacent square. Once per game, it can leap 3 squares in one direction and one square over. Senior Brother is one of the royal pieces

Middle Brother
Moves to any adjacent square. Once per game, it can leap 3 squares in one direction and two squares over. Middle Brother is one of the royal pieces.

Younger Brother
Moves to any adjacent square. Once per game, it can leap 4 squares in one direction and one square over. Younger Brother is one of the royal pieces.

Spy
Moves up to two squares orthogonally or up to three squares diagonally.

Nightknight
Moves the same way as Knight, but it can make two successive moves.

Chancellor
Moves any number of squares orthogonally or leaps like a Knight.

Berolina Pawn
Moves diagonally one square forward, captures one square straight forward.

Universal Pawn
Moves or captures straight ahead or diagonally one square.

Rules are as in Orthochess, except:

  • Different winning condition (see above).
  • Knights, Rooks, and pawns move as in Orthochess.
  • All types of pawns promote to Orthochess Queens.
  • No castling is allowed.
  • There is no check or checkmate.


Page created by David Howe based on texts from S. Sirotkin, Köksal Karakus, and Marek 14.
S. Sirotkin is the inventor of Three Fat Brothers Chess, and the Zillions-of-Games implementation was written by Marek 14.
Graphics used on this page are from the Zillions-of-Games implmementation.
WWW page created: March 10, 2000.