Ultrachess was invented in New York city, in the third quarter of the 20th century.
It was described by John Gollon (author of Chess Variations: Ancient, Regional, and Modern
in a correspondence to John Ayer. Compare the game with Ministers Chess (a commercial
chess variant on a 9 by 9 board, the link leads you to the company's webpage), or with
The board is
nine squares by eight, with a black square at white's right. The first
rank is filled thus: rook, knight, bishop, queen, king, queen, bishop,
knight, rook for both players, the setup being symmetrical both with
respect to a point and with respect to a line. The second rank is
This setup puts both bishops on one side on the same
color. Therefore the bishop and knight in one wing may be switched, either
by both players at the start of the game or by either player during the
game, provided that neither piece has yet moved; the exchange counts as a
move. All other rules are as in normal chess.
Webpage made by Hans Bodlaender, based upon email of John Ayer.
WWW page created: January 16, 2003.