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The Huygens
The huygens is a chess piece which jumps prime numbers of squares, and is normally played on unbounded chessboards. (A link to a popular YouTube video about Infinite Chess is below). The image for the huygens is shown here.
History: The huygens is named after Christiaan Huygens, a prominent Dutch mathematician and astronomer. Infinite chess was described on the CVP pages in the year 2001 by Hans L. Bodlaender. A link to the page is here: infinite chess
Movement: The huygens jumps prime numbers of squares in orthogonal directions (so jumps 2, 3, 5, 7, 11,...squares). It is sometimes played with a different minimum jump distance, so that it is not a close-attacking piece.
Games that it is played in include Trappist-1 and variants of Chess on an Infinite Plane.


Infinite chess appears to be gaining popularity, even among the non-chess playing public. A video released on YouTube has been viewed more than 100,000 times in the first month of it's release, and continues to be popular.
Infinite Chess on YouTube

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By V. Reinhart.
Web page created: 2017-04-07. Web page last updated: 2017-04-07