The Chess Variant Pages



GENESIS

Bishop, Tower, Horse and Falcon arise
Whole cloth from Wind and Water, Earth and Fire
Dually, Queen and King, Caissa's assize
Ten pawns, duly comprised ten files require
World not made in one day, taketh seven --
Odd seven-piece-weaved fabric makes Chess even.

(Note: The lines read in any order,
with 6! (=720) combinations, rather permutations.
Each line alternately goes backwards too:
(12 x 11 x 10 x 9 x 8 x 7) = 665,280 recitations,
on the order of orthodox chess games database.)

THE SYSTEM

Mercury the Bishop, Venus the Queen
Mars Knight, Saturn Rook, Jupiter the King--
Caissa's seeming motions like as orbits seen,
The playing field on Earth, each trailing ring
About Sol shapes Sun Falcon's hidden paths,
Bodies streaming equal timed and spaced swaths.
-- George William Duke 2001

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Written by George William Duke.
WWW page created: March 15, 2001. Last modified: July 10, 2001.