The Chess Variant Pages

A cylinder chess puzzle - 1

George Jelliss, in Variant Chess, issue 22 (Winter 1996/1997), wrote a very nice article about Cylinder Chess. I took the liberty of taking two of the chess problems from that article, and publishing them here. The article features a description of Byzantine chess, four more cylinder chess problems, and many progressive cylinder chess games from AISE competitions.

The following problem is from A. Piccinini, Revista Scacchistica Italia, 1907, and is conjectured to be the first cylinder chess problem published.

The rules are: the left and right side of the board are considered to be connected, and pieces are allowed to move across it, rooks, bishops, and queens following the same lines. Thus, e.g., a queen can go from b4 to g1 (via a3 and h2).

White:
King f3; Queen e3.

Black:
King h1; Pawn h2.

White to move and mate in two. Cylinder Chess.

The first solution to this problem was found by Joseph DiMuro. Congratulations!

Another cylinder chess problem

Try also to solve another Cylinder Chess problem.


Written by: Hans Bodlaender
WWW page created: January 2, 1997. Last modified: March 3, 1997.