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Cut Corner Chess

Cut Corner Chess has several remarkable qualities:
  • Draws are nearly impossible.
  • Each player begins with 33 pieces- 16 bishops, 12 rooks, 4 queens, 1 frozen king (incapable of movement).
  • No pawns or knights are used.
  • Development is faster, more dangerous, less tedious than with standard chess.
  • The theoretical depth is NOT disappointing.
  • The opening setup has perfect, bilateral symmetry.

Game stability and a very small first-move advantage are assured due to:

  • An opening setup where no captures are possible upon the first move.
  • An opening setup where the frozen kings are very well protected.

Cut Corner Chess is ready to be played, analyzed, enjoyed against computer and/or human opponents.

  • "Zillions Of Games 1.X" allows the opening setup to be played directly as a game.
  • Eight standard chess sets are required to physically own a Cut Corner Chess set (except the board).

Click here to download the Zillions of Games implementation of this game.



Written by Derek Nalls. Web page posted by David Howe.
WWW page created: 3 Jan 2001. Last modified on: 3 Jan 2001.