According to Pritchard, Petty
Chess was invented by B. Walker Watson in 1930, and first published in
the September 1930 issue of the British Chess Magazine. The game has also
been called Petite Chess, probably to avoid the negative connotation
with the word Petty (which can mean small, but also mean-spirited
in English, where the similar sounding French Petite means only
The game is played on a board of 5 by 6 squares. The opening setup is
King b1; Queen a1; Rook e1; Knight d1; Bishop c1; Pawn a2, b2, c2,
King b6; Queen a6; Rook e6; Knight d6; Bishop c6; Pawn a5, b5, c5,
- Pawns can only advance one space on their first move. There is no en
- A pawn can only promote to a captured piece.
does not mention this rule.)
- There is no castling.
Note: as in regular chess, the queen starts on her own color.
Text by Richard Sullivan and Hans Bodlaender. Information based on
Pritchard's Encyclopedia of Chess Variants,
and other sources.
Written by Hans Bodlaender.
Version without graphics.
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