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   LOTUS BOARD CONFIGURATIONS FOR FUTURE CHESS VARIANTS CONTESTS 
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                         TABLE OF CONTENTS 
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  1.  Year 2000:  The 41-Cell Lotus Board 
  2.  Year 2002:  43 Cells 
  3.  Year 2004:  45 Cells 
  4.  Year 2006:  47 Cells 
  5.  In 20 Years (2018):  Grand Lotus Chess (59 Cells) 
  6.  In 50 Years (2052):  Lotus Chess Extraordinaire (93 Cells) 
  7.  General Information 
    

                   FOR THE YEAR 2000: 41 SQUARES 
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[1]  THE 41-CELL LOTUS BOARD 
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   On this board two triangles abut the ends of the fourth rank, 
raising the total number of cells from 39 to 41.  The new cells are  
denoted as z4 and j4.  The initial position and rules are the same as  
the 39-cell Lotus Chess game.  The pieces are: King (K), Lotussa (L),  
Crook (CR), Counselor (S), Wyvern (W), and Pawn (P), with one Knight  
(N) in-hand.  See diagram below. 
  
                           ______ 
                          /\ K  /\     Black 
       7                / S  \/ CR \ 
                      /\    /  \    /\ 
                    /_W__\/      \/__L_\ 
       6            | P  | P P P  |  P | 
                    |____|        |____| 
                   /\    /\      /\    /\ 
       5         /    \/    \  /    \/    \ 
               /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\ 
             /____\/      \/____\/      \/____\ 
       4   / |    |        |    |        |    | \ 
           \ |____|        |____|        |____| / 
             \    /\      /\    /\      /\    / 
       3       \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/ 
                 \    /\    /  \    /\    / 
                   \/____\/      \/____\/ 
       2            | P  | P P P  |  P | 
                    |____|        |____| 
                    \ L  /\      /\  W / 
                      \/    \  /    \/ 
       1                \ CR /\  S / 
                          \/_K__\/     WHITE 
   
            z  a   b  c  d   e   f  g  h   i  j 
  

                   FOR THE YEAR 2002: 43 SQUARES 
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[2]  THE 43-CELL LOTUS BOARD 
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   This board adds four truncated hexagons to the ends of the hypothe- 
cated 'b' and 'h' files (or 2nd and 6th ranks) of the 39-cell board to  
bring the total to 43 cells.  The pieces and rules of Lotus-43 Chess  
are the same as the 39-cell game, except that each player starts out  
with nine Pawns and two Knights in-hand.  The initial position is  
shown in the diagram below. 
  
   Knights may be entered into the game on any of a player's second- 
rank hexagons (but only when that cell is vacant, of course).  With  
eight hexagons, this board provides more scope for Knight action. 
  
                           ______ 
                          /\ K  /\    Black 
       7                / S  \/ CR \  
                      /\    /  \    /\     
            /~~~~~~\/_W__\/      \/__L_\/~~~~~~\ 
       6   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
       5      \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
               /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\ 
             /____\/      \/____\/      \/____\ 
       4     |    |        |    |        |    |  
             |____|        |____|        |____|  
             \    /\      /\    /\      /\    / 
       3       \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/ 
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
       2   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \______/\ L  /\      /\  W /\______/ 
                      \/    \  /    \/         
       1                \ CR /\  S / 
                          \/_K__\/    WHITE 
   
               a   b  c  d   e   f  g  h   i 
  
   
                   FOR THE YEAR 2004: 45 SQUARES 
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[3]  THE 45-CELL LOTUS BOARD 
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   This board adds to the 43-cell board one more first-rank cell 
for each player.  Left to right, each player has these pieces on the 
back rank:  Crook (CR), Wyvern (W), Lotussa (L), King (K), Counselor  
(S), and a second Wyvern, with two Knights (N) in-hand.  The second  
rank has nine Pawns (P) as shown below in the diagram of the initial  
position.  Castling with the Lotussa-side Crook is now possible.   
(Whether that's a good or bad move is unknown at this time.)  Other- 
wise, the rules of Lotus-45 are the same as the 43-cell game. 
  
                           ______ 
                          /\ K  /\      /\     Black 
       7                / S  \/ L  \  / CR \ 
                      /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /~~~~~~\/_W__\/      \/__W_\/      \ 
       6   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
       5      \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
               /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\ 
             /____\/      \/____\/      \/____\ 
       4     |    |        |    |        |    |  
             |____|        |____|        |____|  
             \    /\      /\    /\      /\    / 
       3       \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/ 
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
       2   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\ W  /\      /\  W /\______/ 
              \  /    \/    \  /    \/    
       1        \ CR /  \ L  /\  S / 
                  \/      \/_K__\/             WHITE 
   
               a   b  c  d   e   f  g  h   i   
    

                   FOR THE YEAR 2006: 47 SQUARES 
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[4]  THE 47-CELL LOTUS BOARD 
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   The 47-cell board completes the back rank, which now consists of 
seven cells.  Each player now starts the game with a full army of 
one King, one Lotussa, one Counselor, two Wyverns, two Crooks, and 
nine Pawns, with two Knights in-hand.  The initial position is shown 
in the diagram below.  Castling is now possible on both wings.  The 
rules of the Lotus-47 game are the same as Lotus-45. 
   
                           ______ 
                  /\      /\ K  /\      /\     Black 
       7        / CR \  / S \/   L \  / CR \ 
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /      \/_W__\/      \/__W_\/      \ 
       6   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
       5      \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /     
               /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\      
             /____\/      \/____\/      \/____\       
       4     |    |        |    |        |    |         
             |____|        |____|        |____|         
             \    /\      /\    /\      /\    / 
       3       \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \   
            /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
       2   |   P P  | P  | P P P  |  P |  P P   | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\ W  /\      /\  W /\      / 
              \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
       1        \ CR /  \ L  /\  S /  \ CR / 
                  \/      \/_K__\/      \/     WHITE 
   
               a   b  c  d   e   f  g  h   i     
  
  
       TWENTY YEARS FROM NOW!!  FOR THE YEAR 2018: 59 SQUARES 
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[5]  THE 59-CELL LOTUS BOARD:  GRAND LOTUS CHESS! 
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   By the year 2028, some ten computer generations from now, the In- 
ternet will be obsolete, replaced by vastly more powerful technology 
that can't even be imagined today.  With regular chess long since 
having been played out, the latest edition of "Neue Chess: The Book"  
will be a best-seller as chessplayers clamor for new ways to make 
chess interesting again.  The void will be filled by Grand Lotus 
Chess! 
  
   This 59-cell board has blossomed out to 9 ranks and 13 files. 
Each player now has one King, 3 Lotussas, 2 Crooks, 2 Counselors, 
2 Wyverns, 11 Pawns, and 2 Knights in-hand.  There is no castling. 
The initial position is shown in the diagram below. 
   
                   ______________________ 
 9                |    CR  | K  |   CR   |     Black 
                  |        |____|        | 
                  /\      /\ L  /\      /\ 
 8              /  L \  / S  \/  S \  / L  \ 
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /      \/_W__\/      \/__W_\/      \ 
 7         | P P P  | P  | P P P  |  P | P P P  | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
           /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\ 
 6       /    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \ 
       /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
     /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
 5  |        |    |        |    |        |    |        | 
    |        |____|        |____|        |____|        | 
     \      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
 4     \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
         \    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    / 
           \/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/ 
 3         | P P P  | P  | P P P  |  P | P P P  | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\ W  /\      /\  W /\      / 
 2            \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
                \  L /  \ S  /\  S /  \ L  / 
                  \/      \/_L__\/      \/ 
                  |   CR   | K  |   CR   | 
 1                |________|____|________|     WHITE 
 
        a   b  c   d  e  f   g   h  i  j   k  l   m 
   
   
      HALF A CENTURY FROM NOW!!  FOR THE YEAR 2052: 93 SQUARES 
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[6]  THE 93-CELL LOTUS BOARD 
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   "Lotus Chess Extraordinaire" is played on a 93-cell board with 13  
ranks and 13 files.  Is this chess, or what?!  Be sure to wear pro- 
tective glasses when viewing the diagram of the initial position! 
   
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13                |   CR   | K  |   CR   |     Black 
                  |        |____|        | 
                  /\      /\ L  /\      /\ 
12              /  L \  / S  \/  S \  / L  \ 
              /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
            /      \/_W__\/      \/__W_\/      \ 
11         | P P P  | P  | P P P  |  P | P P P  | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
           /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\ 
10       /    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \ 
       /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
     /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
 9  |        |    |        |    |        |    |        | 
    |        |____|        |____|        |____|        | 
     \      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
 8     \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
         \    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    / 
           \/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/ 
 7         |        |    |        |    |        | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
           /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\ 
 6       /    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \ 
       /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \ 
     /      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \ 
 5  |        |    |        |    |        |    |        | 
    |        |____|        |____|        |____|        | 
     \      /\    /\      /\    /\      /\    /\      / 
 4     \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
         \    /  \    /\    /  \    /\    /  \    / 
           \/      \/____\/      \/____\/      \/ 
 3         | P P P  | P  | P P P  |  P | P P P  | 
           |        |____|        |____|        | 
            \      /\ W  /\      /\  W /\      / 
 2            \  /    \/    \  /    \/    \  / 
                \  L /  \ S  /\  S /  \ L  / 
                  \/      \/_L__\/      \/ 
                  |   CR   | K  |   CR   | 
 1                |________|____|________|     WHITE 
   
        a   b  c   d  e  f   g   h  i  j   k  l   m 
   
  
                               ***** 
   
   
                        GENERAL INFORMATION 
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   Lotus-39 Chess was invented by David Moeser of Cincinnati, Ohio,  
USA, in June 1998 for submission in the 1998 Chess Variants Contest. 
This article is being published as of December 10, 1998, in conjunc- 
tion with these other articles detailing additional aspects of Lotus  
Chess: 
        1. LOTUS-39 CHESS.   
        2. THE LOTUS BOARD: NOTATION & DIRECTIONAL CONCEPTS.   
        3. CHESS PIECES IN THE LOTUS ENVIRONMENT.   
  
   Interested chessplayers may contact the inventor at the internet  
e-mail address: erasmus at iglou dot com.  NEUE CHESS: THE BOOK, a 
compilation of more than 50 pages published in Cincinnati chess 
periodicals on the subject of chess variants, is available from the 
author for US $5.  (U.S.A. addresses only.  Correspondents outside 
the U.S. should contact the author for shipping cost.) 
  
   The world capital of chess variants is located on the web at: 
http://www.chessvariants.com/d.chessvar/index.html. 


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WWW page created: December 18, 1998.